Hello all. I'm a newbie and like many here it seems my first question will be about buying or building a new PC. I'm not sure this is the right forum but this is where I saw the last thread on the subject. I'm currently running a very old custom build (I didn't make it): Pentium III, 256MB RAM, 8MB+40MB HD, XP Pro. It was running fine but I had to wipe everything because of viruses and accidentally reinstalled XP on the ancient 8MB HD so now it is tortuously slow. I know it is time for a new one anyway. I would like to keep the old one as a spare around the house. Maybe I will use it to try out Ubuntu. I want to keep price as low as possible. I have no interest in gaming. Main uses are office stuff, internet, DVD playback, music storage & playback. That said, I like multitasking, I am impatient and I like things snappy. I might also be interested in running Ubuntu as a second OS. I'd like to try building my own just for the learning experience but there are some great offers from Dell and it's hard to believe I'd get a price like this by building it myself. For example: DELL Dimension C521 AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core 3600+ Windows XP Home 1GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz- 2DIMMs 160GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache™ 16x DVD+/-RW Drive 19 inch E197FP Analog Flat Panel NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE Integrated Graphics GPU Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio This is $599. I just missed an offer yesterday where it was $489. This includes 19" LCD! I'm not sure exactly what I do and don't need for my purposes. Could I really do any better with a custom build? BTW, I don't need to buy XP, I already have the CD. Thanks in advance for any advice! Paul.