I am looking to build a new gaming PC. This will be my third ever build... last one was about 5 years ago. 1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing. Primarily gaming. Skyrim, BF3, MMOs, PlanetSide 2, etc. 2. What YOUR budget is. A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread Budget is around $1,300. 3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from. USA 5. IF YOU have a brand preference. That means, are you an Intel-Fanboy, AMD-Fanboy, ATI-Fanboy, nVidia-Fanboy, Seagate-Fanboy, WD-Fanboy, etc. Just Intel for CPUs based on what I've been reading recently. 6. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are. Nothing for the computer build itself. Already have peripherals such as monitors, keyboard, mouse, speakers, etc. 7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds. Not initially, though I will likely try overclocking once my system begins showing its age. 8. What resolution, not monitor size, will you be using? Game at 1920x1200 on a 24" monitor. 9. WHEN do you plan to build it? Note that it is usually not cost or time effective to choose your build more than a month before you actually plan to be using it. Would like to order parts within the next week or so. X. Do you need to purchase any software to go with the system, such as Windows or Blu Ray playback software? Just the operating system. My current thoughts for a build based on what I'm seeing in forums: PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ttsk CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($190) CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24) Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($110) Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($50) Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($91) Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($185) Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($390) Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($70) Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($91) Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($55) Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($85) Total: $1341 I would appreciate any advice you can give. Thank you!