Wow so many replies, thanks guys. Apologies for the essay that is my initial post. @fischju Thanks for the calculator although hand building is what I plan on doing (if only because it has been a while since my last high end machine). @mcbey No mac thanks, I have used ones on various occasions and it just seems completely pointless for what I want to do (I have never played WOW either and do not intend to start). @Mchart thanks for that, you have just shaved a good chunk of change from my build. As for the HDD, I am seriously tempted by the raptors but my RAID0 experience means I will probably use a level with parity data. @nintendofreak I had always intended this build to be a hand build. @rambozotheclown I have dealt with bad sound cards for most of the time I have played around with computers and while my hearing is less than impressive I do intend to have a nice one this time. @RockingDude I will look into those, I have no desire for DX10 as nothing of interest to me will use it for a while yet. @cenotaph I did mention power in my post but I agree entirely: bad/cheap PSUs are not a good area to try and save money in. Overclocking really is not overrated though, I have seen performance leap a good 30% from a moderate overclock and longevity is not something I especially care about for a high(er) end machine which for the sort of price I am dealing with will be all but useless (or given to a family member) in a year and a half or so. @Psyfira Thanks for the link, some things seem pretty good there. Anyways some more money has appeared for this build so I will probably consider SLI/crossfire now as well as a far more decent mboard, at this rate I should have a machine next monday morning. It seems a GeForce 7900 GSx2 http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/413336/art...#fichetechnique This mboard (Asus P5N32-E SLI, NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI): http://www.xtsit.com/browse/product_detail...p?id=11524&sr=2 E6600: http://www.memory-express.co.uk/index.aspx...r=2007-0119-603 And whatever else I decided to put in there RAM and power wise and all overclocked nicely. Done properly that should set me back less than £1K which would be so nice (less ram, HDD, drives, case and PSU that comes to £700 I have not even looked around yet).