I'm in the early stages of planning my first build since 2005 (Gosh - I loved that PC!) and I wanted a bit of general advice. I will be purchasing the parts and putting it together around August/September. The Budget I've got a budget of up to around £900 and this must include case, monitor, peripherals and Windows. The Build Brief After graduating from university in 2007, I'm returning to full-time study again in September. I want a desktop that will run quietly and efficiently as a day-to-day workhouse in my office. But I also want it to be capable of holding it's own as a gaming machine as well: in particular games such as Shogun 2 or Battlefield 3. The computer must have a life expectancy of about 4 years, with a small upgrade path built in. I'm also happy to overclock various bits and pieces to get more bang-for-my-buck. What would you suggest in this scenario? I'm currently thinking about: Processor: Intel i5 3570KMotherboard:Gigabye GA-Z77-D3HGraphics:Saphire ATI 7580 2GBCase:Fractal Design R3 Questions Should I go Sandybridge i5 2500K - if the price gets cut this summer? Would it last 4 years? Or should I jump on the Ivy Bridge bandwagon? PSUs. These really confuse me. So many options. I know it's worth purchasing a quality one. I want a modular, reasonably quiet, 500W one. Suggestions? SSD vs. HDD - I'm thinking about eventually upgrading to a SSD. Would it be better though in the short term to stick an SSD in there, and then expand into a 1TB HD for media space later? Is it realistic to plan another Radeon 7850, 24 months down the line to run in crossfire? Thanks in advance for your help!