Quick question here - By August I should have some extra $$$ laying around, and I've been meaning for a while to build the ULTIMATE GAMING MACHINE. I'm not talking about some top of the line IBM or DELL. I actually want to go out and put this thing together. So with that said, limiting you guys to a $4000 budget, can you come up with a great setup? Monitor, keyboard and mouse are ofcourse not included. I've never actually done this before, so I would really like to find out how I would actually go about doing this. The only thing that is a must with this system is it has to run M$-XP. Its a standard and I know whatever games come out will run on it. Also with regards to the OS. After everything is is plugged in, how exactly do I go about getting the OS on the system? I mean, do I just stick the CD into the drive and let it work its magic? or do you buy it pre-intsalled? Well, if you had any doubts bout me never doing this before, i hope that question just ended them. As for hardware - I want the following 1. badass video card 2. super super super super fast processor 3. a motherboard that is stable and can handle pretty much any expansions i might need 4. some kind of insane cooling system 5. a crap load of ram 6. atleast 2 hardrives min. 7. a decent sound card. it doesnt have to be the best of the best..all the other things are more i mportant to me 8. speakers 9, a good looking case thatll actually do its job I know im probably forgetting stuff, but like i said, ive never done this before. So if anyone can give me advice and what they think the ultimate system would look like, i would appreciate it alot. Keep in mind though, I have a 4g budget. side note - for any1 who is upset with the fact i want a peecee...just keep in mind i shelled out 4g's for a 17" Powerbook with 1 gig ram.