Hi all. Sorry to ask the same sort of questions I'm sure get raised perenially. I currently have an ancient Pentium III 1.0 ghz machine at home. Right now, it gets used mostly for internet and office stuff, but at heart I am a gamer. Unfortunately, having five month-old and five year-old daughters doesn't give me much time to play. Still, I want my new system to be capable of running the stuff that is coming out right now, and if it's flexible for the future that would be a plus. Now, I will say up front that I am partial to Intel for some reason. Having said that, it seems there are quite a few different Pentium 4's out there now. I think I have a handle on the basic differences between the standard P4, the Pentium D, and the Pentium 4 EE (nice, but way out of my price range). So, now that I've built all that up - and thanks for reading - let me ask some questions: 1 - Someone linked me to a benchmark comparison at Tom's Hardware. When I first looked at it, I was checking the Pentium D 920 and 930. Pricing these through Dell, I was coming up with about $1600 to get a system with 2 mb RAM and a GeForce 6800. Then I saw that through my work I can get a Gateway system with the Pentium 650 for a couple hundred less than that. The benchmark comparison looked to show the 920/930 as superior, but when I checked the game tests it actually went the other way. So (finally), which chipset is going to work best for me? 2 - One thing I liked about the Dell was that I could get the 6800. The Gateway comes with the Radeon x300 or a GeForce 6200. I know there are newer 7000 series cards out or coming. Regardless of where I buy it, should I be shooting for at least a 6800? 3 - Ah, the inevitable timing question. I was planning on waiting for the release of Vista and Office 12 (or whatever it will be called), but it looks like that won't happen until January 2007. I don't really need the new system now, but it would be nice. Should I wait for these releases so I can get them installed clean from the get go? 4 - Are there any other good places to go online to customize a system? My current machine is a Dell and I haven't had any real problems with it, but it isn't cheap. Falcon Northwest and Alienware are both a bit out of my price range while Gateway (at least through my work) doesn't seem to offer me as many options as I might like. 5 - Is 1 gb RAM good enough, or should I get 2 gb right away? The jump from 1 to 2 is like $160 at Dell, though I know I can get cheaper ram from Fry's. I don't know how the quality will compare though, and again I'm thinking it might just be easier to get it all pre-installed to begin with. Thanks for your help.