I apologize ahead of time for the long post. Hi all, I just joined the forums because I am getting a new computer and this looked like a great place to become informed. I have approximately $1500-$1700 to spend on a new desktop. I have looked at Dell's XPS systems, but from what I keep hearing there are other places to buy computers and get more bang for my buck. However, I do not know where to start. I was thinking about buying everything and building it myself, but I am unfamiliar with the process. Not sure where to start. However, I have heard that I can build a pretty rock solid system with the amount of money I have to spend. I have looked on NewEgg, but do not know the difference between the brands and what I should buy. I have come to these forums for help and was wondering if anyone can recommend some builds for me. Things I won't need in the build are monitor, keyboard, and mouse. So I will pretty much only need the unit and some speakers maybe. Prebuilt systems and build-my-own setups recommendations are both welcome. Thanks ahead of time for taking time out to help me. -Rock PS...Forgot to say that this is for gaming.