I have a very good laptop but I decided that a desktop would be better and more reliable for me to use for my college work. I decided that I wanted to build one myself (as always) with a $1000 budget and this is the setup I came up with: This case won my heart because green is easily my favorite color. I've been wanting to build a computer in a shuttle case for some time now and this should be an interesting experience. I meant to buy new case fans for it. Oops. I'll have to live with the stock ones for now. CPU: Intel Core i7 (quad core) @ 2.93 mhz. I've heard stories of them being overclocked to 3.6+ easily. Motherboard: Gigabyte mATX board with all kinds of onboard pretties. I chose it for its physical size and price. Hard Drive: Samsung 1TB, SATA, 5600 RPM. Memory: 2x2GB (4GB total) G.SKILL w/ heat spreader Video card: XFX GeForce 9500 GT 1GB Windows 7 Home BD-ROM (not burner) The motherboard offers me expandability in both my processor (unlikely to happen) and my RAM (very likely to happen). I plan on adding 2x4Gb (8 total) in the near future bringing my total RAM to 12GB.