Alright, so as part of my flight training I am using X-Plane 9 a lot. Mainly for navigation practice and running over flight plans and such. So I finally get it all installed (60 GB worth. WOW!), start it up, annnddd... it runs at 15 FPS. With the rendering settings at rock bottom. Fuck me. I guess that's what I get when my computer is a laptop that's a few years old, using Intel integrated graphics. So basically, I need to build a new system. My budget is $1,200 or less, and that has to include a nice monitor. By "nice", I mean something in the 22" range or whatever. You know, the ones that are around $2-300 ish I think. The key point is good color and contrast, since I do a lot of photo editing. I already have a keyboard, mouse, speakers, etc. Major things I am looking for / using it for: - Reliability. Rock solid. By that I guess I mean not only physically but also components with solid drivers that are also available for Ubuntu (I like to dual boot) - Able to run Xplane 9 (Open GL I think) at max rendering settings across the board with at least 60 FPS, preferably much more, maybe even with AA turned on too. Also Flight Sim X (from Microsoft, so DirectX I guess) - Lots of space, preferably >750 GB... I shoot prolly 16-20 GB of photos a month. - Enough ram and processing power for Photoshop, iTunes, Xplane, NEXRAD / other WX, and several browser windows to be open and running simultaneously... so 2GB? 4? How many cores? - Able to support multiple monitors (2) - Easily expandable / easy to work on (for the case) - Quiet, but not at the expense of any of the above. I may be a bit of a nerd but I'm not up-to-date on the latest and greatest computer parts. Which is why I'm asking you guys. As for the actual assembly and such I'm good; I've build several systems in the past, but this was 4 years ago. I know motherboard / case formats have changed a bit. As for XP or Vista... whichever is the most reliable is fine. As long as Vista doesn't call home to MS about my files and crap that is. I've heard Newegg is a good site?