As the title suggests im looking to increase my digital horsepower to be ready for some leagues and possible next gen simracing titles. Things to consider, I dont have the budget to break the bank last gen stuff is ok with me as long as my targets are achieved (more on that later in the post). Here is my current situation. CPU: i5 4430 @ 3Ghz GPU: Zotac GTX660 2 Gb Ram: 8 Gb Mobo: dunno I could find out if necessary. PSU: 500W Display: Acer LED 24in. This PC will be for AC, GSCE maybe rF2. Going by my steam profile most of the leg work will be done on AC, almost all of it. Through some research and memory work, it seems AC does depend a lot on the CPU more than other titles? Please correct if I'm wrong. Secondly, usual MS Word and associates will be used for work purposes, there's no 3d work that I plan on doing in the near future maybe some skinning if I ever get around to learn it (ie. find the time after hotlaping Monza ). In the future, ideally id like this build to be able to run AC2 respectably when it comes out. No one knows how games will function in the future but its safe to say that multiple cores and hyper-threading might come into play at some point in that future, when... is another story. Again, if you know more on the subject please share. For AC im looking to run it at 1080p or 1440p if it falls within budget. With that here's what I think might help me out. CPU: i5 4690k or 6700K - both overclock well and have shown in online comparison to be punching at the same weight with i7's when we're looking at gaming in particular. Since this is a budget build i'd assume the last gen will save me around $50 or so. GPU: GTX 970 vs R9 390 - in most cases, perhaps for 1080p, the 390 makes the most sense with 8 gb or ram and 'future proofing' if you will. The drawbacks are power draw which would hurt with my monthly bills and as well I dont think my power supply would suffice anymore, so another additional cost. This is probably the hardest decision in this build. - the 970 seems to have slight edge in 1080p, if some of you use it in AC with 1440p please let me know how it performs. The pros here are low power draw and the fact that games might not need it's full 3.5gb of ram yet... i think. RAM: easy up to 16gb. PSU: an uneccessary expense if I can avoid it I'd like to but, higher grade and maybe 600W would be an option. Display: The goal is a BenQ curved 35in monitor, this is the bad boy right here: http://www.ncix.com/detail/benq-xr3501-35in-ultrawide-144hz-26-110108-1073.htm - the bad news, it's the cost of my total build plus $400 or so in lottery tickets so not ideal unless I ball out of control soon. - my current display is ok, but a bit more real estate would be nice. Ideally above 27in, with response times under 4ms. Please elaborate where you can, with either experience or knowledge. Thank you fellow simracers.