Hello, I'm fairly experienced with computers (I say fairly in the sense that I'm heavy on software and light on hardware) and decided that my five year old Viao is now standing on it's last leg to support my needs. So, I've decided to upgrade to a unit that will take me the next 5 or so years. I've decided to run with these specs: Case: RAIDMAX Smilodon ATX-612WBP (with 500W PSU) - $85 CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ (3.0 GHz) Retail - $170 Cooling: GIGABYTE GH-WIU02 3D Galaxy II Liquid Cooling- $140 Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-M57SLI-S4 (570 SLI) AM2 - $95 Memory: Corsair XMS2 DDR2-667 2x1-GB- $78 Hard Drive: WD Caviar SE 200GB (8-MB) SATA 3.0 Gb/s - $54 Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8800GTS 640MB (PCIe) - $360 Monitor: 19" LCD with 5-8ms Refresh - $165 Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card- $80 Speakers: Logitech X-530 6-Piece Speaker System - $48 CD/DVD-ROM: LG GSA-H62NK 18X SATA DVD Writer - $29 Communications: Onboard LAN - $0 Mouse: Logitech MX310 - $23 Keyboard: Microsoft Digital Media Pro Keyboard - $14 Operating System: Windows XP Home or Vista Home Basic- $76 Total: $1417 I'm predominately a gamer, but took the processor to 3.0 in order to meet some needs of my motion graphic design programs. I asked for some experienced opinions because I don't only want to know if this is a decent rig (at least for pricing) but I also want to be sure everything is compatible (My experience has been one of Mobo's not liking video cards and such, so I want to be safe). Your knowledge and opinions are appreciated.