So, after much research (comparing prices, benchmark tests, etc), I've pretty much narrowed down what I want in a custom-built desktop. As far as budget, what I'm looking for, what I expect and so are have also been determined after much consideration. What I expect: - Good performance for general purpose and gaming (PC games and emulators alike) - Good thermal dissipation to keep components safe and last as long as possible - Keeping the price within a reasonable amount, but not being a cheapskate either. What my current budget is: Anywhere from $1000 to $1300 should suffice Where I will be buying the components: Newegg.com, as I've had excellent experience with customer service and their no-frills replacement plan, not to mention fast delivery, and I mean fast. Just to set the record straight, I'm an Intel guy and have been biased towards them for at least ten years; I've had bad experiences with AMD CPUs frying, malfunctioning and so on. Yes, they are cheaper, but they have been known to run slightly hotter than Intel CPUs on average, or so I've read. As for GPUs, same deal, nVidia over AMD and never once had an issue with their cards. Now that I got that outta the way, I'll list what I currently have in my wishlist. I also don't plan to do any overclocking at all since I've no real reason to. CPU - Intel Core i5 3570 Ivy Bridge* 3.4 GHz (3.8 GHz Turbo Boost) http://tinyurl.com/76u4pn2 $214.99 CPU Cooler - Cooler Master V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120 mm http://tinyurl.com/9htlm6 $47.99 GPU - MSI GeForce GTX 660 2 GB GDDR5 built with Twin Frozr http://tinyurl.com/cov6l9k $229.99 RAM - CORSAIR Vengeance 8 GB DDR3 SDRAM PC3 12800 http://tinyurl.com/37ulatr $52.99 HDD - Western Digital 1 TB HDD 7200 RPM Caviar Blue^ http://tinyurl.com/738mm6t $84.99 LED/LCD - Asus VH238H 23" LED Full HD HDMI http://tinyurl.com/3ohglwd $159.99 PSU - Antec BP550 550 W http://tinyurl.com/5hm28z $64.99 ATX Tower - Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel http://tinyurl.com/236jga $99.99 Motherboard - ASUS P8Z77-V LK http://tinyurl.com/7nr7q6q $139.99 1* I've no plans to overclock, so I don't need the K version ^ Caviar blue is supposedly for moderate performance, but Western Digital makes good HDDs. For the DVD multi-drive, keyboard, etc, I don't need anything fancy, but it should match the color of the ATX tower. Don't need ultra form factor as well since medium/mid is enough. Anything that you feel needs to be changed, by all means please give feedback; it's all greatly appreciated I'm not really a super expert per se, but I at least would like to believe I know what I'm looking for. For the OS, I have a disc of Windows 7 64-bit Professional (or Home) at my parent's house, so I can get that there. Naturally when building a PC there are potentialities of getting DOA hardware or failure shortly after getting the component(s) in question, but this fact shouldn't stop me from getting these parts, wouldn't you agree? I can assume that intensive programs like Dolphin, Skyrim, 3DS Max, etc wouldn't be an issue...? Again, any changes you feel I should make, please let me know.