Ouch, but I get good advice, thanks for your honesty.
Just, out of curiosity, what do you think the lifespan of the PC you suggest is? Not from a gaming standpoint, just from the standpoint of it will become frustrating to use (My laptop is at that point)
You could also drop down from a 5870 to a 5850 and still have a very good system for $100 less.
Either of MadAds builds will be good for 3-7 years, depending on how picky you are about having the "latest and greatest". Given you have been using a cruddy laptop, probably the long side of that range (5-7 years).
Oh, thank you both then, I appreciate your help immensely.
Last PC I built exploded after 3 years and I was nervous about a new one.
I'll consider the 5850, because if it's cheaper then I can afford a second one faster and crossfire them.
Thank you again.