Hey everyone, first of all I'm new and just wanted to wish everyone a late merry Christmas and advance happy new year I'm from the Uk and a student currently in first year of university. I'm a complete utter noob when it comes to computer building and have been researching quite a lot recently for my new computer which I wish to use as a gaming rig but for uni' work as well etc. (It's a side project for me so I can use it to understand my hardware some more ) I will be begin building it soon, until the end of January and need any advice or experiences with the current components and prices I will be paying for them. I do plan to overclock slightly so I can utilise the best of my components The current rig I have is a very old AMD one, which composes of a GPU = ati radeon 9600 and a CPU, which clocks around 1.1ghz, 512ram ddr. (Examples of it being too old to re-use current components) Here's the makeup of the build I currently am planning to make: Case: Coolermaster CM-690 (£50-55) (With some extra Antec tricool 120mm fans) CPU: Q6600 G0 stepping (£160) (+Arctic cooling freezer 7) RAM: Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2x1GB) DDR2PC2-6400C4 (£50) Motherboard: Asus Maximus Formula (£150-£160) Power supply: OCZ ModXStream 780w (£95) Hard drive: Hitachi 750GB SATA 2 32MB 7200rpm (£100) Graphics: EVGA GeForce 8800GTS "Crysis Edition" 512MB (£235) My initial queries are over the DVD drive… which one is a good solid one that can burn DVD's? I know nothing about hard drives so is the one I have listed one that will last and not break down on me after a year etc.? Recommendations? Everything else shouldn't be a problem, I do have a limited budget, but it can go up or down, The main thing I would like is to have a rig that is future proof for at least 2 years, value for money and will last even if I choose not to upgrade. Any advice or help is greatly appreciated and thank you for your time ^_^ (PS. Oh and if you could find any of the components for a much cheaper price please tell me, any money saved is a bonus!) Thanx again!