Hello - I am new to this forum and would really appreciate any advice you guys would be able to give me on my new build. Seems like forum member are highly knowledgeable chaps Budget: Quite flexible, but aiming for around £1000 considering I already have a monitor and will consider other peripherals separately. Usage: Mostly everyday and media use, but with some light gaming and sometimes video encoding. However I want the system to be really snappy and future proofed to some extent. I often use several applications at once. Also I care alot about quietness as the system will be in my bedroom so please bear this in mind. Resolution: 1920 x 1200 Overclocking: Yes, to get the best performance, but not a competitive overclocker or anything so not looking to push the system to the limits. What I plan to buy: CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K (having trouble finding it in stock at a good price, but probably scan, ebuyer or dabs for circa £185) Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 LGA 1155 (£115 from scan) Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz CL9 1.5V (£95 from ebuyer/scan) Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti (guessing around £200 when its out) Power Supply: Antec TruePower New 650W (£70 from ebuyer/scan) CPU Cooler: considering the Thermaltake Frio for about £40 or maybe the Gelid Tranquillo which is in Bit Tech's latest buyers guide for about £20. As I have pointed out, I care about quietness here. Case: Fractal Design Define R3 Silver Arrow (£85 from ebuyer/scan) Boot Drive: Crucial C300 (£89 from ebuyer) TOTAL PRICE: £880 Already got: Monitor: Dell U2410 (runs at 1980x1200) Mouse/Keyboard: standard wireless keyboard and mouse (will prob upgrade separately) Speakers: Ferguson Hill FH007 and FH008 speakers (these are incredible) HDD storage: will probably continue to use my existing HDDs as well, until a new credit card month, have a couple of 5 year old 500gbs. Sound card: will probably continue to use existing Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi which I have. Optical Drive: Will use one I have lying around, a Pioneer one I think, can't remember model, from a few years ago. Want to upgrade to Blu-ray drive in a couple of months. Questions: OEM vs Retail CPU: What exactly is the difference here (Advantages/disadvantage) and if I got OEM, what more would I need to add to my build? Size of Memory: The Corsair Vengeance seems quite tall - will it get in the way of my CPU cooler? Case cooling: The Fractal Design Define R3 comes with a couple of stock fans, but will I need any more? If so, what should I get? SSD adaptor: I know that the p8p67 has SATA 6 connectors, so I'm assuming there is not much point in getting a highpoint rocket adaptor for what will probably be quite a minor speed boost? I do want a very quick system. Any help would be greatly appreciated as I am still new at this and am still learning. Many thanks!