After reading a thread earlier about upgrading or building new I had a thought. How have the spec changed in the last few years. My first PC build was about 10 years ago. At the time I looked at clock speed, HDD size, and RAM capacity. I think now it's the little things that make the difference. It's not just the frequency of the processor you have to look at, now you have the L1, L2, and L3 cache, the FSB. RAM is the same now too. A gig of RAM is not a gig of RAM. You have to look at the FSB, you have to look at the latencies and voltages. What about HDD's? Do you look past the capacity? What about the cache and RMP? My computer I built aver a year and a half ago. I wanted to build as fast and powerful a PC I could without wasting $. I looked at all of the above details to squeeze every last bit of performance out of my $. How many of you do the same? Do the little extra specs make that much difference? How much research do you do before you spend a penny?