Hi there, I'm finally getting around to building a new system, my Athlon 64 x2 5000+ and 9800GT Green aren't quite cutting the mustard. I've been playing around with multiple build ideas for a while now, and have decided to go the Intel Core i5 route. This -should- help me to keep the budget down a bit hopefully, while giving me a nice powerful system to work with. Here's the obligatory build information: * Budget: £500-550, possibly going up to £600 if I really have to. As I've already purchased the chassis and a hard drive, this really only needs to cover the CPU, motherboard, RAM, HSF and PSU. I also have all the peripherals I'll need for now. I'll be picking up a cheapish 23" screen after the build's complete to keep costs down, so that also won't be needed. * Main PC uses: The PC will mostly be used for gaming (mainly RPG and FPS, with a little RTS and action in there to spice things up), but it'll also double as a media center for music and movies. I don't think I'll be doing any rendering with it, but I won't rule out encoding movies. * Current PC Spec: Pretty dire. AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ BE (Wimpily OC'd to 3.0 using nothing but the multiplier.) MSI K9A Platinum (Whines when playing games. Probably about to explode.) 2gb DDR2 800Mhz (Doesn't pass Memtest, runs in single channel mode for no reason.) Palit 9800GT Green (So powerful it doesn't need any input from the PSU. Hardcore.) Hiper Type-M 680w PSU (I have a sneaking suspicion this PSU is trying to kill me.) * Native res of monitor: No idea as yet. I got my current monitor free from my last job, and it's TERRIBLE for gaming - 15ms response times are NOT cool, mmkay? Let's say 1920x1280 to be safe. * Will I be overclocking?: Probably, but not yet. I like having warranties on all of my parts (ooh matron), so I'd probably only overclock when the warranties have run out. * How much storage space you require?: Probably between 1tb and 1.5tb. I've got storage covered for now with a temporary Spinpoint F3 500gb, though. * Do you have any special requirements?: I'd like the motherboard to have SLI if possible, and I'd love it to run cool and quiet. Oh, and I'll be buying all of my parts through Novatech, so I can go and pick them up locally. I know, it's hard to find everything you'd need from just one supplier, but I prefer to pick up my parts to minimise damage in transit. My idea for the build so far is this... Chassis: Coolermaster 690 II Advance - £Bought already CPU: Core I5 760 - £165.92 Motherboard: Possibly MSI P55-GD85 - £164.49 RAM: No idea as yet. I don't even know if I want 1333Mhz or 1600Mhz, or if I need low-profile RAM to avoid contact with the heatsink.. Halp! £No idea PSU: Antec TruePower New 750w Blue - £101.99 HSF: Whatever's good and will fit in my chassis. Maybe the Titan Fenrir? - £27.99 HDD: Spinpoint F3 500gb - £Bought already GPU: A GTX460 1gb of some sort. Will buy this after I've set up the build with my lame 9800GT, and then use that as a PhysX card. - £Buying later A few questions though (yes, there's more to read): - Given that I want to SLI later on, and that I want a motherboard that'll do the job well, would you recommend the MSI P55-GD85? I had a look at the Asus Maximus III Gene, but I heard on forums that it can take up to 40secs to POST. I seriously couldn't deal with that. If not, are there any other boards (that sell on Novatech) that could do the job as well, if not better for equivalent cash? - Looking at P55 motherboards, it seems they only support 1333Mhz RAM natively, one would need to overclock to get 1600Mhz RAM to work correctly at advertised timings. Wouldn't this void my warranty on my motherboard/RAM? Is there a specific brand/product you would recommend in this instance? - Do you know if the Titan Fenrir will fit nicely into the Coolermaster 690 II Advance? - Will there be any problems with RAM heatsinks using the motherboard/heatsink specified? Any help is appreciated! Thanks!