wow, so it's been like 5 years since i've been on this forum, been using a laptop for the longest time, now i need a gaming rig. I've had to play catch-up with hardware and am nowhere up-to-date on this and that details. take a look and tell me what you think, I want to keep this under $1000, and preferably, even under $900. Another key issue is that I want this to be future proof for a bit, which is why I'm going with the Phenom II/AM3. It seems that the LGA775 is slowly but surely dying so a Q series is out, and those LGA1366 are too expensive. Other things to keep in mind is that I don't want a overheated power sucker in my room, and I'm not considering CFX and SLI a priority. I am also considering waiting for the NV 780a chipset for the Phenoms. So here's my current build (everything currently based off of newegg): COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail - $74.99 AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail - $245 MSI 790GX-G65 AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail CORSAIR XMS3 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD Burner with LightScribe SeaSonic M12II SS-500GM 500W ATX12V 2.2 /EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail Total cost is $864.94, or $899.72 after shipping Thanks, let me know what u guys think.