Ok, im in the process of getting some funds together (have around 1k between birthday/stocked money and awaiting payment from my other job). And lets just say my computer isn't top notch, it can run WoW good, aion decent. It is an older alienware laptop that i bought of my friend for a good price and it has served me well for a few years but now im ready to drop some cash for an upgrade. Checked out some different places (dell/alienware/hp/gateway) and obviously there either bad, or way too expensive. A more recent site that i am checking out is velocitymicro.com, has some good reviews and they do custom work and i configured a box for a solid machine (will outperform my laptop by quite a bit). The question is, should i pick one up from a site like that, or should i build my own? I really dont have much experience with building my own computers so it would be a bit hairy. My friend said he would help me....when he got the time so who knows when that would happen. Planning on dropping anywhere from 1200-1700$ total when its all done, i already have my own monitor so i only have to buy the computer. Anyone know of any "guides" on how to build computers or is it an aquired knowledge from someone? If its relatively easy, i can get the part list i want and go to a place i know that sells computer parts relatively cheap. Any advice/help is greatly appreciated, im one of the people that is very good with the things i use/play with (paintball/computers/ect) but don't do my own maintenance unless its minor.