Okay, so I've come to the conclusion that for the type of game I REALLY like (recently RPGish types like ME, ME2, FO3, FONV, Elder Scrolls) plus what I want to get back into (RTS/T and community CRPG like Neverwiner Nights 2) are better suited for playing on computers rather than my 360 for various reasons (modding, screen recording, RTS/Ts aren't even on consoles, etc.). The problem is I haven't had a good desktop in years (well probably never), plus I've never built a PC so I'm going to remedy both of those. Been thinking on this for a while and think I'm ready to pull the trigger this weekend on getting my orders in. So I read a lot up on this, and I seem to like the builds and advice at Hardware Revolution, so I'm planning on using this as a guide: http://www.hardware-revolution.com/mainstream-gaming-pc-august-2011/ I'm planning on getting Tier 3 Processor and GPU at the moment, but since I want to be open ended to upgrades in the future I'm leaning towards the Tier 6/7 motherboard, power supply and case (186 bucks more expensive than basic Tier 3 build based on his prices). My questions to the PC people on the board with build knowledge (thinking of Bacong, but there may be others): 1) Is my general plan a sound one? Is this guide complete shit or good/great or just meh? 2) Is the SSD for OS and choice programs REALLY necessary (i.e. save start up and loading program times by 75% or more, save wear and tear, heat, electricity bills, etc.)? And if it is should I pay an extra 25 bucks for the 90 gig model? 3) Is the tier 7 case worth 40 bucks over the tier 6 case? Is case easily upgradeable in the future? 4) Because I do not plan on pirating an OS and will be buying a copy of Windows 7, should I get the retail or OEM version? Does upgrading your processor render your OEM license null and void? Do not try to convince me to run Linux or something. 5) He seems to not put much stock in Sound Cards, but I would like to do a bit of recording but nothing serious, just for fun. Will the normal input handle that or should I get a card and if so recommendations? Would I be better off just getting one of those Line 6 contraptions that plugs in via USB instead (or would I need both)? Budget is 1000 bucks, but I think I also want new keyboard, mouse and webcam so 900 would be better. I woot'ed a 23 Inch 1080p LED monitor yesterday for 145 bucks after tax (Woot is based in Texas so couldn't dodge sales tax) and shipping.