Please bear in mind that Intel's new Sandy Bridge platform will be coming out on Jan 9th. To make a long story short, Intel's new platform will be using a different socket - new CPUs and new motherboards are mandatory, and performance is expected to be a fairly significant jump over the current-gen stuff. Therefore, if you post now for a build, you will get tons of replies telling you to wait for the new stuff. Unless you need a computer *now* (i.e. in the next few days), it's worth waiting, even if cost rather than performance is your priority. You will be able to see the actual retail prices of the new kit. Alternatively, you will be able to score some second-hand kit from the Member's Marketplace on this forum as the other members seek to upgrade to the latest and greatest kit. You can read Bit-Tech's coverage of Sandy Bridge here. EDIT: Bit-Tech's review is now up. Apparently, Intel pulled the NDA date back to today.