I am computer dumb...like drooling on my shirt dumb when it comes to hardware. I have had the same computer for 5 years and technology has escaped me. Any how, I am in no position to build a computer. The plans are to stop into best buy or comp use and throw out the credit card. I was looking last night at an Athalon 3.2 ghz processor 500 GB hd and 2 MB RAM. It was $200 more than a comparable Intel model. Which is better? The guy was telling me something about IDE ram or blah blah3xxrj wtf ever ram I was like...yeah cool ok I know exactly what you are talking about... So the athalon computer is a gateway and with monitor comes to like $1500. The monitor is a 21" flat screen. I know building it would be cheaper but I have no patients for that. Help a brotha out.