Well, it looks like my motherboard is on its last legs, so I'm beginning to plan for a new build. Being this close to Black Friday, I'm hoping it can hang on until then (it'll only POST ~25% of the time). I'm upgrading from a Wolfsdale system (finally) so I would like to start fresh and don't plan to carry much over. Here's the FAQ: General use (web browsing, email, media playback) + light to moderate gaming (mostly Starcraft 2, BF3, maybe guild wars 2) Thinking around $700 without GPU, $950 with. But flexible. USA Intel CPU obviously, prefer an ASUS motherboard. Probably just the DVD drive Open to, and comfortable with, overclocking. Do not plan to push it to its absolute limits. I'll probably push to whatever is stable at default vcore. currently at 1920x1080, but intend to upgrade to a 2560x1440 some time in the future. Around Black Friday Win8 when it becomes available. If MS is still doing the discount for .edu e-mail addresses, I can get it through that. Seeing as I'll be building this based on Black Friday sales, I'm trying to stay away from specific components, and instead, making lists of items to "keep an eye out for" and items to avoid on Black Friday. Here's what I have so far: Motherboard: Any ASUS Z-77 based one SLI/XFire support is a plus, but not necessary. CPU: i5-3570k. Are the non-k i5's worth looking into? Heatsink: Hyper 212+ evo seems highly recommended. Any others to keep an eye out for? RAM: Whatever DDR3-1600, 1.5v or lower, CAS9? or lower that's on sale for BF SSD: Will 128GB be enough for a bootdrive for Win8? Seems the Samsung 830s and Crucial M4s are recommended quite a bit, so will be looking out for those 2 on BF. HDD: Whatever 1TB+ drive thats on sale for BF GPU: Don't game enough to justify spending more than $250ish on a GPU. Don't think anything in that price range is going to support 2560x1440 well currently, so thinking of holding off and using integrated graphics until next gen or some price drops in the future. PSU: Don't know. Any recommendations for something that'll support a GTX670 level GPU + 4 drives? Prefer modular. Case: Looking for something quiet with good dust filtration. Fractual Design's R4 seems like it fits the bill best. Any advice or suggestions welcome. Thanks.