Quote: Originally Posted by squonksc
Lastly. take your time, don't rush into it
You'll have to live with the decisions you make for maybe five years, so make them well.
$1500 to spend on a new computer,
I envy you .
Just wanted to bump the "Take your time" part.
Since you mentioned "designed for gaming", well, I would start here;
Graphics Card Hierarchy Chart - Review Tom's Hardware : Best Graphics Cards For The Money: July '09
...just to understand the video card "hierarchy", if you will.
Next, I'd look at system guides, like this one; (this one may be right in your wheel house.)
AnandTech: System Buyers' Guide: $700 to $1700
A Google search would turn up quite a few of these type of guides. Reading several will help you develop a "feel" for what would work well together.
you'll only need $1000 though, so, send the remaining $500 over to me, k?