Hello guys, I'll start off with the basic guiding ideas behind my system build. First is that I'm trying to keep it fairly budgeted; under or kind of close to 1000 dollars. Second, my main focus for this build is primarily video editing and graphic design, but still capable of gaming. Third thing I'll get to at the end of the thread since it requires a little bit of explaining. Ok, I did some looking around and decided this is fairly well rounded, and a pretty strong setup for budget. However, I'd like honest and critical opinions if you have time to provide them. CPU - Q6600 - 249.99 Mobo - GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L - 89.99 GPU - eVGA 8800GT 512 - 209.99 (30 $ mail in rebate so 179.99) Memory - Kingston HyperX 4GB(4 x 1GB) - 121.99 OS - Vista 64-bit Home Premium - 99.99 PSU - Raidmax Quantum 700W - Combo deal w/ Mobo so 35 off = 114.99 Heatsink - Rosewill RCX-Z775-EX 92mm 2 Ball - Combo deal w/ CPU so 25 off = 24.99 + 35 from mail in rebate so kinda for free. DVD Burner - Samsung SH-S203N - 33.99 Case - ABS Stealth ATX Mid Tower - Combo deal w/ DVD Burner so 20 off = 79.99 Total = 1,013.89 w/ 1 warranty n' shipping and mail in rebates. Now about that third thing guiding my choices. It doesn't really reflect my purchases all that much aside from maybe the PSU, OS and hopefully Heatsink (probably not), but I do have Nehalem in mind. I'd like this system to be strong throughout the next year to hopefully 2 years. With Nehalem processing and rendering the industry will begin to change fairly dramatically over the course of about 2 years after its release, more likely less depending on software/hardware companies. Which means style wise 2 to 2 1/2 years processing and graphics will be in a very different operating style and ballpark. So, I'd like this to keep me fairly happy until the time in which Nehalem style setups are on leveling out phase for price gouging websites. So there you have it. Probably too long of a read for most peoples tastes, but I'm pretty sure many people will have an opinion by just glancing at my list of items. If you can help me out in either shaving some money off or providing me with insight into upgrading a spot or two to something better please let me know. Thanks. EDIT: Last minute add in that I forgot, I'm willing to drop to a C2D(E8400 or X3110) as I've read their performance is phenomenal, but I did the Q6600 b/c 4 is bigger than 2! Just joking, the deal with the heat sink n' savings seemed good and performance wise is still competitive.