OK, so, you know, I won the new year's contest 4th prize. What I got in there : - DFI RS482 Infinity microATX mainboard - Corsair ValueSelect 2x512MB PC3200 (Gone, someone needed it - got $$ to buy other) - LiteOn DVD-RW burner - Round IDE and floppy cables Now, I need a CPU, RAM, HDD(s), case, PSU, etc. OK, so the cheapest place I found is NCIX.com For the CPU, I'm probably going to get an Opteron 165. Now, I wonder if I should take OEM or not. If I take OEM, I have a 1 year warranty from NCIX and I save the price of a Thermaltake Big Typhoon on it. If I take the BOX version, I have a 3 years AMD warranty but have to use stock cooling. I want a silent setup BTW. Question here: OEM or BOX? -- Considering that I want a very silent setup also For the RAM, I thought about 1GB Corsair TwinX1024-3200C2PRO (The one with the flashy meters) Is it possible to get the 300FSB x9 multiplier everyone can get with Opteron 165 with this RAM? (In case I overclock the CPU) For the HDDs, I thought about two Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 300GB. I want a RAID setup... The case, I thought about DIYing it because : It's not going to be an HTPC, but going to have to sit in the Hi-Fi rack. (Which is still not built but will be this one : http://www.tnt-audio.com/clinica/flexye.html there's a shelf per piece of equipment) Any suggestions? Are there OCable HTPC cases? The PSU : Computer PSUs are noisy, I thought about DIYing one, but ATX specs are a bit picky with power on timings and everything-protection and the voltage regulators I would use are less than 50% efficient, which means that I would burn more watts in heaet than the computer uses. Maybe I'll just stick with a real one, even if it's an RF machine that will probably make weird sounds when I listen to my turntable... Is Fortron FSP Blue Storm 500W a good choice then? That's the setup I'd like, BUT, I don't play games and would probably not use it as an HTPC. (I listen to analog media and don't listen to TV) - Should I even put all that money if the main reason is not to have to buy a CPU / RAM / HDD in 2 years because they're too slow / small. - Should I wait for AM2 to get that 939 processor? - Should I start playing games or get a TV card?