Well, I've finally made the jump to build my own computer for the first time. But it's all a tad overwhelming, so I'm turning to the wisdom of the community for advice! INFO Budget A middle-high end gaming machine. My local currency is New Zealand Dollars (NZD)and my maximum budget is around NZD$3,000, including a display and speakers. NZD$3,000 is about USD$2,100 if its helpful, but everything seems to be more expensive in NZ because we're so far off the map. Main uses of intended build The build will be used mainly for gaming, and not too much else apart from the usual browsing, word processing etc. Parts required and Previous Build Info My current computer is a ... uh ... mac ... *looks away in shame*, so the new build will have to be from scratch. Monitor resolution 24" monitor (see below). Storage requirements 1 x 1TB HD (see below). THE BUILD CPU Current Candidate: i7-930 I'm basing this system around i7-930, so this one's pretty set in stone Motherboard Current Candidate: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R Graphics Card Current Candidate: Radeon HD5850 I'm tihnking of getting a cehaper last-gen graphics card instead of the HD5850, what would you recommend? RAM Current Candidate: No idea, but a 6GB or 12GB kit I'm really lost on this one, I don't know where to start. There seems to be far fewer triple-channel RAM kits available than dual-channel. I've heard G.Skill RipJaws are good gaming RAM. What would you recommend? HDs Current Candidate: 1 x WD Caviar Black 1TB CD Drive Current Candidate: Asus DRW-22B2ST I'm not looking to do anything too intensive with CDs, so I figure this is good enough. PSU Current Candidate: Corsair HX650W Case Current Candidate: CM 690 II Advanced I really like the look of this, it seems like a real gem. But is it compatible? Other possibility is the Fractal Design R2. CPU Cooler Current Candidate: Prolimatech Megahelms Fans Current Candidate: Sharkoon Silent Eagle 2000rpm One for the Megahelms + a couple after I've built the system if I need them Display Current Candidate: HP LP2475 It's a tad expensive, but if I'm staring at it all day I guess it's a worthy investment, plus 6 USB ports! Speakers Current Candidate: -- Haven't done any research into speakers yet. Thanks in advance!