Hey everyone! Sorry to do this as the first time I was going to build I was hit with a tonne of news; Sandybridge and then the MOBO Issue and then just got caught up with personal things. ANYWAY - On to the good stuff! My most recent build: Go to reply. I wish to build a powerhouse of a HTPC/GAMING Rig in an iddy-biddy-box (hopefully). I originally started out just wanting to do this in ATX form but on reflection if I could get it into an mATX form that would be just superb. The use of this rig will be to: encode HD video, photo editing, 1080p/bluray playback and to have some (reasonably demanding) gaming (I will be using a wireless xBox controller) then running it all through my tv most of the time (1024 x 768 (16:9)) - what I can gather from this that requires a fairly strong build. CPU: Intel Core i5 2500k I probably wont use hyper-threading so I downgraded to the i5 because It will save me about $100 MOBO: ASUS P8H67-M-PRO Motherboard B3 Just need to add bluetooth somehow. Make sure i have enough slots. RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 Again, I understood that I should go AT LEAST 8GB for this sort of build. Is this the right type of RAM? What speed is good? SSD: Crucial M4 SSD 128GB I'll Install OS & applications on this disk for a quick start up Saving a bit of money by not going to the next level SSD and seems reliable HDD: Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB 7200RPM 64MB ST33000651AS Wanted some large internal storage Originally was going to go WD green, But if i'm going the mATX route then I figured that I should probably get the largest drive available. Dont think the 7200RPM will be too loud? [solved: No] ODD: Pioneer BDR-206 Blu-Ray Disc Writer OEM I originally was going with a Liteon Drive, but when I saw the Pioneer brand I couldnt help myself - The quality would be better right? My options are: Pioneer (Retail - $175)Sony BD5300SOB ($159)Pioneer DBR-206 OEM ($135) Lite-on iHBS212 w/ Lightscribe ($119) Samsung SH-B123A ($99) GPU: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=193_1164 or http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=193_1179 Yeah..... I have no idea; my original thought was: MSI Radeon HD6970 Lightning 2GB 880Mhz I just need it to be able to handle HIGH DEF gaming and movies but be as quiet as possible I heard that AMD have a UVD 3 dedicated video playback accelerator in their GPUs' which is crucial for Blu-Ray playback and apparently NVIDIA dont have that yet However, I have also heard that you require an ATI video card and set it to Force Detect TV so that it locks to the TV's display resolution. PSU: Wont know until the components are decided. CPU-Cooler: ? ADDITIONAL: Wireless:TP-Link TL-WN951N Wireless N PCI Adapter Tuner:Hauppauge HVR-2210 Media Centre Kit Thank you so much for looking in this thread - and im sorry for all of the questions. I just want to do it once; the right way & the best way.