You thought you got rid of me. I thought I got rid of me. It's been a pain the last few years - no job, diminishing health... old rig slowly dying - but that's changed (at least enough) for the time being and I'm in the market. I'm looking to put together a system that'll last a good long while (overclocking in the distant future, if necessary) and want to try getting it together soon. How soon? How about by the time my retail pre-ordered Rift Collector's Edition shows up? (Roughly two weeks or sooner.) All gear must be orderable through retailers unless expressly advised otherwise. A place here in Virginia called Microcenter is picking up most of what fell away when CompUSA went belly up, and they're pretty big. Not big enough to get the pre-order, Best Buy online had the rights to that (Gamestop/Electronic Boutique may have, as well), but my father's a regular customer there and it's as big as the local BB, so that's who I'm giving first crack at building the box. Microcenter suggested two boards: my previous manufacturer Gigabyte with their GA-890GPA-UDH AM3 890GX ATX (AMD) and Asus' M4A89GTD Pro/USB3 Socket AM3 890 ATX (AMD) - if you need detailed specifications for either, I can list them. I'm not sure of how they are performance-wise, since the last one I researched was the Gigabyte 7VRXP around 2002, so I'm probably in need of a tech refresher course, as well. I know what SATA is, and USB3 is just a newer and higher version, but I want to know things like is it (USB3) as power sensitive as the previous ones? I've had the whole USB cut out several times and been told the board didn't supply the power necessary. What, I need a 900-watt PSU now? If so, I might just kick it out of the feature list. If anyone has a link to a chart of manufacturers, motherboard feature comparison checklist, and ratings (or the like) I'd appreciate that. Oh, and due to Nvidia apparantly rebranding their MX line just to try selling it again (there's a GeForce 7300SE/7200GS running on this computer which can't even touch GeForce4 Ti4200 performance in Quake2 - wonder how much better the Rift beta would've looked), I've decided to go with ATI, an advantage since AMD now owns it, I guess. SATA, USB3, ethernet, Raid, back-up (on-board) sound and video is nice-but-not-necessary... anything I'm missing? Motherboard, CPU, video, probably a new monitor and keyboard (I picked up a Logitech G9x not too long ago)... other than a sound card and new headphones, I just need the drives and case. If I forget anything, feel free to poke me, just do it softly - my skin's sensitive from the lack of sun under that rock. I'll get around to poking Puffer, Ivanolo and Torx when I have the time. *Pops head up, looks around for Dan.* Thanks in advance. I miss Critter!