I may just be at the point of where I need to build a new computer. I'm not against that concept. In fact if we can do it, I'd sort of like to explore both options. Right now I have: P4 - 3 GHz w/ HyperThreading 2 GB RAM 500 GB WD SATA HD 120 GB WD IDE HD nVidia 6800 128 MB overclocked w/ the additional 4 pixel channels unlocked Right now I'm running XP SP3 but Vista and Windows 7 run swiftly as well. I don't run a lot of demanding apps but it's been 3 or 4 years since I added the video card and I'm getting some iffy FPS from time to time on Left 4 Dead. The video card is my weakest point right now but the technology is so old at this point I don't know what the high-end replacement is now...from then. if that makes any sense. Right now I'm eyeing http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170313907349 Also I'm still running a 19" monitor. I own a 25" but I gave it to my mom because her eyesight was bad (low res + big screen = super easy reading) and because I really didn't have enough desk space for such a large monitor. ========================================================= As for a new system, I spent some time on NewEgg.com and I've picked out a new case with lots of room and big fans, dual 22x SATA DVD burners (no need for two but no need to just get a reader when a burner is the same price), and a WD 1 TB SATA drive. Back in 99/00 I was building computers for a living, so putting things together is no challenge, I just don't have any product knowledge anymore. I want a 22" or so flatscreen and whatever a decent motherboard and processor might be. I want plenty of USB ports and enough room for at least 4 SATA devices. Quiet fans will be a plus a well. Care to learn me some things on modern tech?