This is my first PC build. I plan on using it for gaming and data mining/simulations. I realize that the i7 has no advantage over the i5 for gaming, but for the data mining stuff I do (not a career by any means, but an interesting hobby), the hyperthreading should prove to be useful. Moving to an SSD from a HDD is incredible. Windows boots incredibly fast and programs open instantaneously. The second HDD is for an internal backup drive so I don't have to deal with hooking up a USB drive. I haven't done any FPS benchmarks, but anecdotal evidence indicates that the 670 FTW is an amazing card. The case was pretty good. It has plenty of cable management grommets. I am pretty happy with my cable management, though you can see from the pictures that the extra cables from the non-modular power supply are a pain to deal with. Finally, I went with Windows 7 Pro for the network backup and RDP features. I also paid much less than the current prices. Using mostly Black Friday deals, I put the build together for $1407.