Yes Yes I know, another one of those threads. . .but please bear with me. Given that BT puts out a new Hardware guide every couple of months or so, I thought I'd ask the regulars if their set-ups are still valid or if I should re-think a little. I have a 5 year old C2D/9800gtx+ system that has been chugging along and not giving me any grief, but with the slew of games that are being released it's about time that I changed the whole kitncaboodle. For the cooling I have a PA120.1 and 120.2 from my current build I was gonna re-use or sell them both and get a new 120.3 since I want to gain a little head space in my case (or get a new case) something better fitted for 600rpm fans. Fans and pump I have as well as everything else (ie tubes, compression fittings, res etc ) but what I will need is a compatible full cover block for the GPU (which means a reference card) and a new CPU cooler. The main use of the rig is gaming, but I also use it for work (and so does the wife), it's our main Home theatre player (stream via XBMC) and some light encoding and video editing. So, let's begin and see where we land. I haven't included a new case since I want to try and use the one I have, and I'm gonna include my PSU as well since I think it should suffice (please correct me if I'm wrong though). CPU: Dilemma 1 - do I stay with BT's recommendation and go Z77 and take the 3770k or do I change socket to X79 and get a 3820 instead? Since I plan on keeping this for the next 3-5 years, it doesn't really matter if it's socket 2011 or not. I'm not a serial upgrader. Motherboard: Again, if we stay with BT I think the Maximus 5 gene is perfect, but I have no idea about a good 2011 board. I'm not an extreme overclocker so won't be using all the high end features, but since I have the WC kit I run a moderate OC that can run 24/7. Once I have the OC dialed in, I won't touch it again. GPU: GTX 680 seems a no brainer PSU: Seasonic SII 620w I own this and wasn't planning on buying a new one, but with a 5 yr old PSU, should I? Or is it not enough to power the above? SSD: I'm torn between 3 models and perhaps I'm just nit-picking, but I'm looking at Samsung 830 256gb, Samsung 840 Pro 256gb, or lastly the OCZ Vertex 4 256gb. Again, not running OC tests or anything of that matter and just want a reliable SSD. HD: Please recommend something quiet in the 2TB range. Given that I'll be using this for most of my storage given the small SSD , it'll be the media disk as well as any extra programs. I've been toying with getting a NAS for a while, so having a HD in the chassis could be a moot point. case: Here is my v1000 which I'm thinking now I can just use again. Otherwise I'll need a new case but I might as well save somewhere. Memory: Corsair 8gb 1600mhz GPU Full Block: EK FC68GTX + CPU Block: either the EK Supremacy or the Swiftech Apogee HD Whew. So that's it. Feel free to recommend something else, especially if I'm just throwing money away but given that it's a long term investment I think it's pretty good. Appreciate the help!