To get this straight right in the beginning, this isn't one of those "Macs suck, I'm going back to PC" threads. Lets see my situation. Right now I have an early 2009 24" iMac (2.93GHz C2D, 4GB, GT 130) and 2010 13" MBA (1.86GHz, 128GB, 4GB). For quite awhile, I've been thinking of switching my iMac for a tower PC. Why? Because my needs have changed since early 2009. Some of you may know that I work for AnandTech. At some point, I may get the chance of doing SSD and other hardware reviews, but obviously this requires that I have a decent tower PC. This is one of the main reasons I'm doing the switch. Getting deeper knowledge of Windows would also be a plus in terms of my career. Yes, I know I can install Windows on my Macs but to be honest, it just doesn't feel the same - and I rather get myself a real thing if I plan on using Windows most of the time. This leads to my next thing: I plan on running Windows on it. Windows 7 is really a decent OS and I haven't had any issues with it. Yeah, it's still Windows and has its own issues, but so does OS X. Windows 8 is also looking very promising, whereas I think OS X has been the same since I switched (Leopard). I will be keeping my MBA of course, I wouldn't switch it for anything. I think in laptops, especially ultraportables, Apple currently has the crown. As for desktops, iMac is a nice gadget but it's AIO and hence not suitable for my needs anymore. So what I'll be getting then? Well, a pretty standard Sandy Bridge build to be honest: Motherboard: AsRock Z68 Pro3 Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB Memory: 2x4GB G.Skill Ripjaws-X DDR3 1333MHz CL9 Storage: 1TB Samsung SpinPoint F3 7200rpm + 64GB Samsung 470 Series SSD Power supply: 520W Seasonic S12II Optical: Some cheap LG DVD thingy Case: Fractal Design Define R3 Black Pearl Display: 2x Dell UltraSharp U2311H (23", 1080p, IPS) Still a bit open on keyboard and mouse though. Don't want to spend a ton. I don't have much time for gaming anymore so I have no need for the highest end GPU. I would like to get back into some PC gaming though. I'm really looking forward to having two 23" 1080p monitors. Even though my iMacs screen is fairly big and pixely, I really need more. Usually when I'm working, I have plenty of windows open and two screens will definitely help me with them. I also plan on connecting my 32" Sony via HDMI as well. I still have a wireless KB and Magic Mouse so I may also connect my MBA to one of the monitors when I feel like going back to OS X (two computers simultaneously = win!). I don't know why I made this thread but I just felt like it. This is by no means a flaming thread, and I won't be leaving MR because I'm no longer "100% Apple". I'll be updating this with photos and other stuff when I get that far.