First computer build ever. I was always the guy who said it was just so much easier to just buy from a company that builds it for you, so they do all the testing, setup, and give you a three year warranty on the whole thing. Since I have never done it, I will actually lose a lot of money when you figure in my time, but I am doing it to force myself to learn more. I am not worried about saving or not saving money at this point. The prices listed include any shipping and rebates, but not sales tax which I paid on most stuff. I gave links to Newegg for reference but did not buy from them. This machine is obviously overkill for trading, but I will use it for gaming too. Case: Silverstone TJ10, $250 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163089 This was reused from an old computer, so actual cost was zero, but I probably would have spent around $250 on a new one. It also had a cd/dvd drive in it so I didn't buy one, but I would like to add a blu ray burner at some point. Also I am using windows 7 from the salvaged computer. Chip: Intel i7-3770k, $229.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116501 Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V Pro, $189.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131819 Hard Drive: Crucial M4 256gb SSD, $159.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148443 Memory: Crucial 16gb (2x8) 1600, $64.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148545&Tpk=BLS2KIT8G3D1609DS1S00 Power: Corsair AX850, $174.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139015&Tpk=ax850 CPU cooler: Antec Kuhler h2o 620, $57.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835209049 Video card: EVGA gtx670 FTW LE, $339.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130802 Total: $1468, then add in the cost for an optical drive and windows for a total equivalent cost of $1600 or so. That represent an approximate $1000 savings over one of the custom build shops. I haven't received the hard drive and video card, so I put it all together will an old hard drive I had, and just the motherboard video. So far everything works fine. It was way easier than I had anticipated. The hard part now is that I know jack about bios, over clocking, fan speed curves, the plethora of downloads for the motherboard, usb 2 vs. 3, Intel vs. Asmedia with 3 and 6 gb connectors, smart digi+, usb boost, turbo mode, voltages, frequencies, etc., etc. Anyone with suggestions on where to start learning about that stuff, please post.