Well, my summer internship has been good to me and I am going for a new computer. My problem is that I am not all too familiar with computer hardware and what to look for. This will be my first time going for a high end system, so I don't want to screw it up with some unreliable, overpriced junk, which is why I am asking you guys for some advice. I am basically looking for a powerful gaming comp and am willing to sacrifice some money for a bigger bang. I saw the threads on the 4870 and I have heard that I should be getting a pci-express graphics slot, but I really am not sure about this. I know I will epic fail if I am left on my own, so I come to this here forum and beg you to help me out. I have given myself a budget of 1,800$, but am willing to spend more if necessary. I would like to stay away from things that cost a lot more for just a small upgrade, but if they are worth the money than so be it. Oh yeah, I thought about building the computer myself, but decided against it as I have never done it and don't want to screw anything up. I am open to building it if you think it isn't all that hard to do though. Once again, thanks for all the help!