I decided to impulse buy a brand new desktop gaming pc what with all the new games coming out and due to other events. I was playing at 1440x900 p on a Radeon HD 6870, phenom 965 be, and 8 gb of ram so this is a huge upgrade for me. I also am moving up to 1920x1080p and 144 hz (no care for any larger resolutions yet). PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/V48g6h Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/V48g6h/by_merchant/ CPU: Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.99 @ Newegg) Motherboard: ASRock H170 Pro4S ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg) Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg) Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($87.99 @ Newegg) Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 390 8GB Video Card ($333.98 @ Newegg) Case: Fractal Design Define R5 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg) Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ Newegg) Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($20.98 @ Newegg) Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($272.98 @ Newegg) Total: $1206.88 Qualified for free premier shipping (college student) so that is nice. I probably could have saved a few more dollars here and there and went for an overclock build, but I never really gained anything from overclocking the past couple years. and was too lazy to buy from multiple websites. I am most excited for the monitor since it supports 144 hz refresh rate and I am a firm believer that human eyes are not capped to a refresh rate. The r9 390 was my choice over the gtx 970 since it has a little more of what I want (8 gb vram for modding games, better dx12 support in the future, and cheaper > performance.) It will run hotter, but shouldn't be an issue in a cold climate like Maine. The processor I am super interested in because it will be my first Intel. I didn't care to get an aftermarket cooler since I never really found OVC to be rewarding, so I'm hoping it just runs like a beast for the next 5 years. The ram, mobo, optical drive are kind of random and cheap. The SSD, and PSU were what I thought the best brands for budget. As for the case, I didn't care to get anything flashy, so I went with something large and known for being quiet. I will try my best with cable management and am hoping the dust filters are solid because I live in a house of pets. I went all out on this guy and don't intend to buy another PC ever again unless some how technology continues to dramatically improve and hopefully i can just upgrade and never need to do a scratch build again. As long as it all works out, I won't financially regret this.. on wood.. I may share a picture of this build once it arrives and is all put together so, wish me luck, and the wait is gonna be a brute!