Ello ello! First time posting so let me take a moment to just say hello, and thanks for your help, suggestions, and ideas ahead of time! Anyway! The reason I'm here. It's tax season and my laptop all but exploded...tatoos will have to wait . I'm sure the laptop can be repaired, but I'd like a desktop anyway. I'm looking to keep the price VERY close to $1000. I'm just looking for something, obviously affordable, but will last me a few years. If you see any problems or places where I could get more bang for my buck let me know! ^_^ I'd prefer to have it prebuilt so I'm going with iBuypower. I wouldn't mind installing a few pieces of hardware, as long as the "heavy lifting" is already done. I'll just copy and paste the hardware I'm thinking about from the website. CPU: AMD Phenom™ II X4 945 Quad-Core CPU CPU COOLING: Liquid CPU Cooling System w/ 120mm Radiator [AMD] MEMORY: 4 GB [2 GB X2] DDR2-800 PC6400 Memory Module - Corsair XMS2 Xtreme w/Heat Spreader GRAPHICS: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 – 896MB Single Card MOBO: ASUS M4A785-M -- AMD 785G Hybrid CrossFire Chipset w/8-ch HD Audio, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0, 1 PCI-E MB PSU: 850 Watt -- Thermaltake TR2 W0319RU Power Supply SLI Ready HDD: 500 GB HARD DRIVE -- 16M Cache, 7200 RPM, 3.0Gb/s - Single Drive OPTICAL: 22X Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive - Black OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium This actually comes out to $998 before shipping. If there's any "min/maxing" you think I can do, please let me know!