I'll start by saying I've been a Mac guy since I was under 5 years old. The obligatory homage to Apple done with now ... Let's face it: Some stuff will ONLY work on Windows, Windows machines are much more customizable, upgradable, and generally cheaper due to more competition parts-wise. For work, I have to use ArcMap software which will ONLY work on Windows. I've been using Parallels for the last few years but as datasets grow, it's slower and slower on my 2008 Mac Pro, and comparable on my 2011 MacBook Pro. I also run code that eats up a ----load of RAM. This particular code has required 8.5 GB RAM and 9 hours on my laptop when analyzing a 39-Mpx image. I need to run it on ~1 Gpx images in as few pieces as possible, and the RAM requirements scale linearly. I'd also like to run another piece of software but it is NOT compiled for Windows (it's USGS's ISIS software). It runs on Linux, so, is it at all possible to run Linux-type stuff in Windows? If not, would installing another HD, installing Linux on that, and running it in the same box work? So I'm looking to build a machine with a near-top processor, maxed out RAM, and good graphics. This is NOT a gaming machine (I don't really game), but based on its nature I'll probably also use it for entertainment (blu-ray) since I don't have a TV, and I want this to be as upgradable as possible (don't think that'll be a problem, though). Since this is for work and I'm a contractor, I should be able to write this off on next year's taxes as a business expense, but I also don't want to break the bank. Under $2k base is what I'm shooting for. I also already have a 23" monitor I can use. I've read some of the guides out there, and I spent a good hour or two on NewEgg this morning, and I was hoping to run this stuff by any of you knowledgable folkses out there to offer opinions. Motherboard: Asus Maximus IV Extreme (supports Turbo Boost, 4 PCIe and 8 SATA, and the LGA 1155) Processor: Intel i7-2700K (quad-core 3.5 GHz up to 3.9 with Turbo Boost) ... considering 2600 instead which is 100 MHz slower (3%) but $40 cheaper (13%) RAM: Corsair Vengeance, 4x8GB Graphics Card: MSI's version of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 560 Ti (2 GB video RAM) Hard Drives: 2x 1TB Western Digital (redundancy for data backup - maybe just get 1x and get an external for backup?), 1x Crucial 128GB SSD (boot drive) Optical Drive: LG BD-R w/ 3D playback Sound Card: (do I need this?) Creative Sound Blaster SE 7.1 Case: Cooler Master 932 (probably the red one, but maybe the blue one ... only diff I see is 4x USB 3 and 2x USB 2 versus those numbers reversed -- need this size case due to ATX-E motherboard) Price from NewEgg -- $1780 without tax/shipping. First, thoughts on those specs? Again, I'm not really sure what I'm doing here. So I won't take any critiques personally . Also, what else would I need other than software, OS, keyboard/mouse? Something tells me I will need a power supply, but I'm not sure how to spec that out other than I see on NVIDIA's website that the graphics card needs 500W and the i7 chip needs 95. so >600W supply is needed. Thanks!