Awesome, this thread has given me great and very practical advise. Since this might be useful for others, who are also looking for recommendations on a new computer (to play EU): I'll try to change the title to make it easier to find in a search. And will add a summary in the OP once I got everything up and running. - The processors on the site all say: "Supported memory clock speeds: 1333, 1600 MHz." And most of the MB say the same; only the expensive ones say higher (1866, 2000, 2133, 2200, 2400, 2600, 2666, 2800, 2933, 3000 MHz) While the DDR RAM offered go up to 1866 and 2400 Mhz. Can those extra Mhz above 1600 be utilized on those cheaper CPU's? Or is it maxed at 1600 Mhz anyway? - Some motherboards say: "Supported HDD connections: SATA", while the more expensive ones say SATA III. The HDD don't give details about whether they are SATA, II or III. Does this matter? As in: will it fit? Or is it just a speed thingie? - I'll go with adding 1 monitor, and reusing my old one for the browsing. - No overclocking for me. - 1 graphic cards is sufficient. - 750 W for stability and future updates. Hehe, glad that I decided to ask about it, even though I thought it was a nit-picky question. After some reading I see that the basic Windows 7 can use 16GB DDR3 maximum. And that for computers with more than 16GB DDR3, you should use Windows 7 PRO (64bit) or Windows 8 (64bit). So to not be stuck again soon, I'll go with windows 7 Professional (64bit). Because I don't think I'll like the way 8 is setup (with no 'classic' start button/desktop?). I would even have stuck with XP if that wasn't discontinued and incompatible. No, I was thinking there might have been something like a hardware 'booster' that could be added, to get closer to w/e numbers your provider claims you're getting. But I guess that's something that's not existing (yet). I'll wait to see how the connection is with the new rig: if I still get a lot of lag/CTD, I'll look into changing provider. Thanks for that clarification Spike; I thought it was doubt about the technology, instead of practical reasons. I don't have that many GB in applications, so it's nice to have another confirmation that a SSD is a good choice. All in all, I think I'll go with this atm: - i5 3200 Mhz - 16 GB RAM 1866 Mhz (2x8) - Radeon R9 290X - 250GB SSD - 2TB HDD - 750W PSU - 1 added 21.5" monitor - Windows 7pro/8 (64bit) I'm going to take these specs to various shops and see which one has a good (xmas) deal for this (incl delivery and warranty). Before actually pressing the 'buy' button, I'll post it here. Just to make sure I'm not making a stupid mistake in the end.