While I am a techie, I quit keeping up with processor and motherboard specs years ago. My current desktop has an Athlon 64 X2 6000+, 4GB of RAM, and a GTX 260 Core 216 video card, plus the usual miscellaneous crap. I plan to build a new PC before the end of the year specifically for gaming, and more specifically Battlefield 3. I'm starting my research NOW, so when time comes to pull the trigger, I can have a parts list ready to go. This is going to be a wholly new system from scratch, including new PSU, and likely a new case, so I can get rid of my full tower Thermaltake I have now (or at least upgrade to a newer case design) Some things I already know that I want... Quad core CPU (or better) At least 1-2 USB 3.0 ports Would like to get some SATA 6GB support, at least for an OS drive Smaller HDD for OS, one or more 1TB+ drives for storage. Possibly a dedicated 10k RPM drive for gaming. Single video card - I have no real interest in multi-card systems, due to heat and PSU requirements. 8+ GB of RAM, with enough addressing space on the motherboard to allow for the video card, as well (Had a mobo in the past that only saw 4GB of RAM, and with 4GB system RAM installed I lost some of it due to the 868MB video card sharing addressing space) I also want to look at the possibility of going water cooled - either CPU only, or CPU and GPU. I like the look of the Corsair all-in-one sealed kit, except you can't seem to externally mount the radiator, since it is a sealed system. As I mentioned, I stopped keeping up with processor specs and performance YEARS ago (shortly after the A64 X2 series), so I haven't got a clue as to what is the best bang for the buck now. The last speculative BF3 system spec sheet I saw recommended "CPU: Core i5-760 Quad 2.8GHz or Phenom II X4 965" for maximum performance. So, where do I need to start looking? I have had great experience with eVGA in the past, and would like to continue with that if possible. If they have gone downhill in terms of quality or pricing, though, I am willing to look at other options.