Top Gun, wait till the new AMD T-Bred chip gets released and get a Palomino for alot less that they are now. Also, If you are wanting to go with Intel get no less than the 2.26mhz cpu with a 850e mobo. I wouldnt have less than 512mb in any of my systems as well but this may be more of a preference than practicality. The next cpu I buy will be a 2000+ AMD XP Palomino. I could care less about the T-Bred's better heat discharge. I think that if you can score a XP 2000+ for less than 140.00 it is a deal. The 2100+ is way too much for not a hugh speed bump over the 2000+.