Well, I've had my computer for well over five years now. I have only upgraded minor things here and there, but now my computer is considered heavily outdated. My home desktop is the first computer I ever built (with the help of my stepfather) and it lasted a long time. About a year ago it started giving me problems, notably with the many hard drives. First my external drive died. I used this one for backup, so once it died I was without a backup drive. Then my data drive died. Luckily I was able to buy a new 320GB external drive and backup the data drive before it died. Then my main hard drive which I've had the longest (6+ years) began giving me problems. This summer I got a job and with all these growing computer problems, I vowed I would build a new computer before the summer was over. After a month of researching, I decided to build a computer that could last me just as long as this current one did if not longer. When I built the last one, it wasn't the best, but it was pretty good and the best we could afford. Just for reference here's the computer we built: 1.6 Ghz AMD Athlon XP 512MB RAM 40 GB Seagate HDD 3200 RPM (had this drive before building) 32MB DX8 nVidia Graphics Adapter (upgraded to a 256MB DX9 Radeon 9550 after about 2-3 years) I'll spare the remaining details, but I've gone through 4 power supplies until settling on one that has a lifetime warranty, which I have yet to have to replace. The behemoth I am building now is about 2.5x better than what I currently have: 3 GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ ASUS CROSSHAIR Motherboard OCZ GeForce 8800GTX 768MB PCI Express x16 Video Card CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 800 Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model NZXT Zero Black/Silver Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case 1 Western Digital 160 GB HDD 1 Western Digital 320 GB HDD AeroCool 620W Power Supply Note: I had this information stored so it was easy to type that up whereas the old computer I only have what is on the top of my head. Anyway, this computer is being built today after I get home from work, unfortunately, my last HDD, the 40GB one, died yesterday while attempting to open a file. The 2 HDDs and the Video Card have yet to be bought so I am kind of stuck without a HDD for a few days. I'm thinking of scratching one of those drives off the list and just going to the store and buying one, but I don't know. Maybe I can repair the 40GB one, maybe it'll magically work after putting it inside the new computer, who knows. I might just get lucky. So this is where I am, and this is what I've been working for all summer long. It is almost complete and I couldn't be more excited, although I have no idea what I'll do for a few days without a computer.