I have just completed my 'O' - levels mock examinations and will be facing the real thing for more than a month from the 19th of this month. Since i m gettin a new rig early this December, my time left for reading reviews is very limited. I m a bit left out of the market, haven't updated myself. So i need your recommendations. This new rig will be used for casual gaming, student projects, loads of mp3s and music playback, some programming and web design. The budget is tight so it should be less than $1100 and this excludes the monitor, OS and softwares. Durability, longetivity, expandability and not to mention stability are the main concerns. Here are some guidelines. CPU - Duron or Althon XP Mobo - ??? with RAID? RAM - 512MB PC2100 DDR Kingston or Crucial? HDD - 2x 60G Maxtor or Seagate or WD 3D Card - ATI or Geforce Sound card - SB Audigy Burner - 40x 20x 48x Yamaha Burner Speakers - Altec Lansing 641 or Logitech Z560 ( to fill up the living room) Casing - ??? PSU - ??? Ethernet Card (NIC) (for broadband & home networking) - ??? Your assistance is greatly appreciated.