PLEASE when you POST threads asking for input on system builds tell us... 1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing. Gaming: Currently playing CS:Source. Will likely get Black Ops 2 or some other newer FPS games when I upgrade PC 2. What YOUR budget is. A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread $1000-1100; only willing to go to the 1100 if the there is a sizable upgrade in what I would be getting 3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from. US 4. IF YOU have a brand preference. That means, are you an Intel-Fanboy, AMD-Fanboy, ATI-Fanboy, nVidia-Fanboy, Seagate-Fanboy, WD-Fanboy, etc. Intel, Nvidia 5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are. Samsung SyncMaster 220WM 22" monitor, DVD burner, Storage HDD's, Xtreme Gamer sound card? 7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds. Likely stock to start atleast. I've never overclocked before so I'm not likely to do so. I may if it is relatively safe, I can't afford to replace my PC if it goes wrong so I'm guessing it wouldn't be recommended that I overclock. 8. What resolution will you be using? Current monitor maxes out at 1680x1050. Monitor will likely be one of my first upgrades but I'd rather spend $1000 on the rest of the build and upgrade monitor after Christmas/Birthday (Jan 3). Would most likely be a 1920x1080 monitor after upgrading. Looking to get something around 23.9"-27" for the right price/gaming performance. 9. WHEN do you plan to build it? Black Friday/Cyber Monday time frame. As far as parts I've been lurking on the forums for awhile now and really I don't see a reason to stray much from the Midrange thread by Mfenn it's been an excellent resouce and I've been checking it regularly. Thanks for doing that thread btw if you happen to see this post. Since I wont be needing the DVD Drive/extra storage it opens up a little wiggle room for other things which is the main reason I'm opening this thread for some help with that. That and to get some help on what to keep an eye out for as far as deals this month. Case: Thermaltake Armor A90 Gaming Mid-Tower Chassis $39.99AR Like the look of this case. Just saw that this deal expires tonight so if anyone could give feedback on the case it would be appreciated. Looking for something that will be fairly easy to install, has a slot for a SSD and if it has USB 3.0 even better. This has the ironegg deal so I could potentially exchange it later on if need be for whatever reason. Processer/Mobo: i5 3570K + ASRock Z77 Pro4 combo $329AP I do have a Microcenter somewhat near me. It's about an hour drive. So if I can get a better deal locally (aka its worth the gas etc) then I would drive there. Anyone happen to know how long that deal for processor mobo combo is supposed to run? Graphics Card: GTX 670 - Twin Frozr IV Thermal Design $370AR I'll likely get whichever version is the best deal. I liked the sound of the Twin Frozr one when I was reading about it though. One of the main advantages seemed to be Overclocking (something I'm unlikely to do) and it is quiet. Should I bother with this one or just get a cheaper one? Also is it worth it to get a MB that is SLI capable and add another one of these down the line? Or is it better to buy a new high end card in 3-4 years? SSD : Samsung 830 128GB 89.99 No longer in the midrange list but it was there for a long time. Also I happen to have a giftcard to Amazon for $25 so I'd like to purchase at least one part from there. 128GB should be plenty for my OS and most of my games. I have a data drive for whatever else I'd use. I have no use currently for one of those huge 1TB drives, I'd never come close to using up all the space. PSU: XFX Core 550W $60 AR No preference just want something that can handle my requirements. Adjustment needed if SLI is recommended or 550 plenty? RAM: Geil DDR3 1333 8GB $29 Again just going with mfenn's suggestion on this one. Soundcard: Creative Xfi Xtreme Gamer Transport from old build. Are sound cards still worthwhile? Between my headset and this card has giving me an advantage with sound in FPS games. How has onboard sound been coming along? Is it worth transplanting this or just keep and use what comes with the MB? Total: ~793 not including taxes, potential shipping costs, or my noob calculator mistakes. Looks like with the money I save I could swing a decent monitor in the build. Or upgrade certain components, maybe purchase an aftermarket Heatsink. Sorry for the ramblings but wanted to be as informative as possible based on what questions I saw asked in other threads. Thanks for any help in advance.