Hi, I've been looking at doing a new build recently and a friend recommended I ask you guys for some advice. I've built two before, but despite research - I always seem to get left behind when it comes to picking the right stuff! Budget: I have a budget of £550 - this excludes hard-disks and a case. I have two SATA drives and an antec 1200. Main uses of intended build: Gaming, but the odd bit of photo manipulation, virtualisation and video editing. Previous build information (list details of parts): Hard-Drives to be carried over, PSU is near death and only 550w. Everything else is far too old. Monitor resolution: 1920x1200 Storage requirements: N/A (using old drives) Will you be overclocking: Maybe - if I don't have to mess with voltages and have a good coolder. Any motherboard requirements (no. of USB, Xfire/SLI, fan headers): USB3, Might use SLI. Parts required: CPU I'm looking at getting an i5 or an i3. I did consider an AMD, but apparently their best chips are being beaten price/performance by the i3's and i5's (not to mention heat). But I wouldn't rule out getting AMD (all builds have been AMD so far). I've actually postponed my build till sandybridge comes out. I am aware that if it does come out, I'll likely have to buy the top-end to over-clock (unlocked multipliers) for each generation. i3's are due in Feb, i5's in January. Whilst I don't really over-clock much, if I'm not messing with voltages, I probably wouldn't mind over-clocking a little. Cooler If the budget allows - I'd rather not use the stock cooler, but go for something a bit better Doesn't need to be extreme as I don't massively over-clock. I'd rather the build wasn't TOO noisy. Motherboard USB3 is essential and SLI would be nice, but not essential. RAM I've had over-heating problems with RAM in my old case. Used to cause freezes, especially in the summer. No real constraints here (I held a 12mm fan in place to keep the RAM cool and that did the trick Graphics Card The graphics card MUST be Nvidia due to problems I've had on Linux (I dual boot and do a bit of gaming in both). I was thinking of twin 460 GTX, but I hear they're holding back the 560's until sales drop a bit. I was especially tempted by Gigabyte's 460GTX OC Power Supply PSU MUST come from a company with UK RMA centres.. I don't want to have to cough up a load of money to get it sent aborad for repairs. I'll be dual booting Windows 7 and Linux (probably ubuntu). I hope this isn't too much info!