I never thought that I would ever have to build a computer at least for another 10 years anyway, but I couldn't bare the waiting any longer! I decided to build my own PC or at least plan it so far (still sourcing my components). So my real question was to ask how many other people have given in and done the same due to work related requirements? ie. Needing the extra power of next generation graphics cards and processors to render visual objects and drawings etc. My coursework does require that power especially with the GPU as I use Illustrator, Photoshop etc. quite often. If anyone was wondering on specifications of my build I'll list them here and hope others do so too just to see who's building what CPU: Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz 3770 GPU: Gigabyte GTX 670 OC 2GB HDD: SanDisk Extreme 120GB SSD(Boot drive) Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB MOBO: ASUS Sabertooth Z77 Motherboard MEM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 850w I have various other accesories like SD readers but they're not worth listing. If anyone has had any experiences with any of the components I have listed I would be most gracious to have your input as to how they perform and live up to their claims.