Thanks a trillion everyone for all the info! If you haven't gotten rep, you will in 24 hours!
Unfortunately, this will be a more rushed process than I'd prefer because my laptop recently went kerplunk. It already had a broken fan, and now it's freezing, so with it no longer being under warranty and 5 years old, I'm not sure if it's worth the money to fix. Thankfully, I recently joined the 21st century and upgraded to a smart phone, so that's what I've been posting on. I'm getting pretty good at typing, so that's nice at least!
Really glad I won't have to spend all that money on hardware, cause after that comes the software. Well, unless I torrent it, but then I'd bring dishonor to my Sims family.
Also, just so it is mentioned; there are websites that put together your computer for you and you just choose the parts. My roommate and I pretty much have the same exact specs on our computers, he used ibuypower, while I used newegg for all my parts. I spent about $200 less then he did, and also got a few better pieces (same gfx card except his is SC while mine is SSC, more 'name' brands, things like that not, nothing crazy), but if you are hesitant at all, these sites are good and you usually get a complete computer warranty (instead of by piece).
I would recommend staying away from ibuypower personally. I have a buddy who basically got dicked over by them. Two faulty parts and it took six weeks to get them to even RESPOND via email phone. It was a nightmare.
I'm about to download Wizardry Online and start playing it. I've been wanting a hardcore ******* game for awhile. Permadeath and Open PvP. Finally a game with some ******* consequences and risk. It just went live today.
I got an Elementalist and Warrior to 80. Elementalist wasn't my cup of tea but it was my first character. Warrior was a lot more fun, imo.
The game got really boring though. I can't stand getting to max level in an MMO and have there be nothing to do except dungeon runs. If an MMO releases without any sort of raid content then I'm bored rather quickly.