Hey everybody! I'm buying a new PC in a few days, I just wanted to throw this out there in case I was making some bad decisions. I'm not a genius when it comes to hardware, but I've done a lot of research on this one. Here's what I'm thinking: Processor: Intel Core 2 Q6600 Quad-Core Memory: 2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz - 2 DIMMs Hard Drive: 320GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s Hard Drive (7200RPM) OPT Drive: 16X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write Monitor: 19 inch Widescreen Digital Flat Panel Video Card: EVGA 8800 GTS 320MB Superclocked I know some people might criticize my choice of hard drive, but I've been living with 80 GiB for a long time and never maxed it out. Not to mention it's easily upgraded. I plan on using it for games, Compiz Fusion, and Maya / Blender 3D stuff. This is going to be for the most part pre-built, I don't have the know-how to build it myself. I'll also let you know that I'm on a budget of about 1.5K A couple of quick questions - I don't really like Vista, but I'd prefer to not have to upgrade in the future. Is there any compelling reason to go with XP/Vista? Security is not an issue here, nor is eye candy. I will use Linux for pretty much everything but games and 3D. Also - do you think the Quad core will be more supported in the future? Otherwise, I'll probably get it anyways for EXTREME multitasking I value your opinions. You are now free to pick apart my configuration.