Ok, say I wanna be stubborn and set on the whole i7 thing, I would like to know the most sensible build that I could go for that includes the hd 5870(i dont need eyfinity though, but the card is just awesome) .Gonna go for the 6gig trichannel ocz platinum ram. mmm. The space, like i said, is gonna be a smallish ssd and a terabyte for extra space. The budget is reasonably flexible, i think around 1700 max. I'm also unsure about cooling, if and what? good point about amd though, alas, just too set on an i7. Thanks for the input.