and I know that there are a lot of very, very well-informed people who frequent this site. I don't know much about systems requirements myself, or what brand names are good, or what size and/or features I'll need. So basically, I don't know where to start. I'd looking to spend between $1500 and $2000. I'd like a desktop PC. I'm mainly interested in using it for school stuff, so I'd like the Microsoft Office Suite (2002 or XP) as well as Internet Explorer. What's the best printer for the lowest cost? I'm thinking laser, but how expensive is that compared to a good inkjet? In terms of monitor, my bf really has his heart set on a 17" LCD. What are the pros/cons of this. Are any other sizes better? For other peripheral devices, CD burner (is there such a thing as a CD/DVD burner?). Scanner not necessary. We'll also want good (but not necessarily great) video and sound quality (I generally don't listen to CDs or watch DVDs on the computer). I'd like to have a lot of memory and the flexibility to accommodate upgrades. And, I DON'T want a Mac (no offense, it's just a matter of personal preference). So, computer dummy I am, what are my options? Do I go with a Dell? Get somebody to build it for me (i.e. Staples or somewhere else????). Any help appreciated!