Budget: £1500 to £1900 Main uses of intended build: Video FX and editing with gaming as a sideline. Parts required: Full system Monitor resolution: 1920x1200 (24" Dell U2410 Ultrasharp) Storage requirements: 1-2TB Will you be overclocking: Possibly, but not essential Any motherboard requirements (no. of USB, Xfire/SLI, fan headers): External Firewire and eSATA ports Extra information about desired system: My day job involves creating FX, Animation and compositing work for TV. I work in a studio during the day but I'm increasingly becoming aware that it would be handy to have a better PC at home should I need to work out of hours. The last desktop PC I bought was about 8 to 9 years ago. I haven't really been keeping a close eye on all the advancements since then. I've never built a PC from scratch before, although I have replaced bits and bobs on existing PCs (Hard drives, graphics cards, memory, simple stuff) With that in mind I've been doing some research over the past few days to try and figure out what I need or even if I should just go for a prebuilt system. I set my initial budget at £1500. In my past experiences that always seems to be the amount needed for a slightly above average system. But as always I've become distracted by the shiny new things, so the latest processor and graphics card have pushed me up a bit. I am trying to stay away from the £2000 mark. I'll list what I've come up with so far. I'd appreciate any comments or thoughts. Some of it may be overkill. I want the system to last a few years without really needing upgrades. At the moment I've sourced everything from Scan as it was simpler. Once I know what I'm getting I may shop around. Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H, Intel Z77 I have a couple of external Firewire and eSATA hard drives so the rear ports of this motherboard are handy. CPU: Intel Core i7 3770K Originally I was looking at the i5 2500k but I read that i7 is better for video editing. Then the new Ivy Bridge chips came out and I thought that I should go with that. As I said, I mostly do video FX and compositing but I may need to do some editing on occasions. CPU Cooler: Be Quiet! Dark Rock Advanced BK014 CPU Cooler I have no idea about CPU coolers so I hope this one is okay. RAM: 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Jet Black LP GPU: 2GB POV GTX 680 Performance Boost 28nm, PCIe 3 It's new, it's shiny, it's expensive. Perhaps it's more than I need. But I do want this PC to be a capable games machine for a few years as well. Or perhaps I should go for something cheaper and upgrade when the tech has come down in price. Sound Card: None I've opted to just use the onboard sound from the motherboard. I think that will be good enough. Hard Drive 1: 120GB Corsair Force Series 3, 2.5" SSD, SATA III For windows and other program installations Hard Drive 2: 2TB Seagate ST2000DM001 Barracuda 7200.14 SATA 3 DVD/Blu-Ray: LG 10x Blu-ray Writer, 16x DVD±R, 8x +RW PSU: 650W PSU, Corsair Enthusiast Series 650TXV2UK Again, I have no real idea if this is good enough. Case: Corsair 600T Graphite Series Black Mid Tower Really I only picked this because I liked the look of it. It's different to just a big black anonymous box but also isn't too flashy. I'm not sure if the control panel at the front would actually work with the other things I have. I suppose I could save some money if I down graded to perhaps the Coolermaster CM 690 II Lite, Black Monitor: 24" Dell U2410 Ultrasharp Widescreen LCD I use a slightly earlier version of this monitor at work. It seems to get good reviews as a prosumer choice. However, I'd be interested to hear of any ideas for an equally good but cheaper monitor. I know Asus may offer an alternative. OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit I use Adobe After Effects mostly and I believe the latest versions require Windows 7 64 Bit. Total Price (Inc VAT & Delivery): from Scan £1,902.73 That includes £51.82 Scansure which protects me from accidentally damaging anything when I put it together. I suppose I may need that since this would be my first time building an entire system. I have now just noticed that Scan have a new 3XS system that is similar to what I've just listed. In fact, with a few changes (Case, Motherboard, Sound, DVD, OS) I can get it almost identical. The price is £2049.25. So it's almost £150 more but I don't need to assemble it and they also do the overclocking. But going over £2000 just makes me think that I'm perhaps over egging things a bit. Any thoughts greatly appreciated.