Long time lurker here building in the next couple of weeks so saw this as an opportune time to finally join the forums and solicit some advice/opinion. I last built a primary desktop 5 years ago (E6600, 4GB ram, etc) so I'm excited for what should amount to a substantial performance leap. What YOUR PC will be used for: Gaming (all types), photo editing/post-processing, general use What YOUR budget is: $1100-1300USD What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from: US - Newegg or Amazon IF YOU have a brand preference: No particular fanboy tendencies although I'm pretty dead-set on a i5 2500K (for obvious reasons) If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts: Keeping old rig intact as secondary desktop IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads: Posted in the NeoGaf PC Thread but am interested in as many takes as possible as I've been out of the component loop for a while IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds: Probably will overclock but not vitally important. I'm actually interested in how well the 2500K overclocks on a stock cooler or if I should look at a third party cooler regardless What resolution YOU plan on gaming with: Looking at picking up a HP ZR2440W pending reviews (ZR24W otherwise) so likely 1920X1200 WHEN do you plan to build it? First half of November My work in progress on Newegg: http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=13849834 Specific components I'm waffling on: Mobo - Z68 vs P67 - Some say Z68 regardless of whether you need SSD caching or iGPU for video-related tasks others say P67 if you don't plan on using additional features of Z68. Asus seems well-received this generation, should I look elsewhere? SSD - Crucial M4 seems to combine speed and good reliability, should I wait for wider availability of Samsung 830 or go Intel instead? GPU - ATI 6950 2GB vs Nvidia 560ti - Trying to keep things as quiet and cool as possible without sacrificing performance. Thanks in advance for any comments/suggestions/advice!