Hello bit-techies! I'm pleased to announce that after months of writing, editing, grumbling, researching, crying in the corner, etc. I have written and put out my own hardware buyer's guide entitled Hidden-Street Hardware Buyer's Guide. This guide is NOT meant to compete on the level of bit-tech's monthly guide (however some motivation was pulled from it). Rather, my guide is directed toward people who are new to computer building and looking for something to help direct their path. Bit-Tech's monthly hardware buyer's guide is a showroom for the hardware evaluated and approved hands-on by Bit-Tech staff. My recommendations are largely based on third party information, and thus are inferior to Bit-Tech's in-depth coverage of each component in their guide. My guide aims to educate more so than review new hardware. The guide covers every major system component and explains some key details that buyers should be looking for when appraising components. In every component section there are recommendations that my good friend and I have evaluated and hand picked ourselves by reading reviews and articles posted online (obviously I did not get hands on experience with every component). In that sense, my guide might be called a new builder's tutorial. Anyway, since this guide was largely helped along and inspired by people and articles written here I thought it only polite to share my work on this network. I hope you find it useful. If you have any questions or comments (I'm sure you will have some :3) please feel free to use this thread. Constructive criticism, additional recommendations, and more information is always welcome. -Dae314 Guide Updates (6/4/2014): 1. Links updated 2. End of life products removed or replaced 3. Intel 570 SSDs added to Section 8 recommendations 4. NVIDIA GTX Titan Black added to Section 5 recommendations 5. Antec High Current Platinum series PSUs added to Section 6 recommendations Sorry for dropping off the map there for a month. Lots of news of future changes happened while I was gone, but it appears that the hardware landscape stayed fairly stable. Keep that in mind if you're planning to build a new box. Unfortunately I didn't get to address the brand bias in the recommendations though . Enjoy! An update history can be found in the thread.