Alright, very shortly I will start ordering everything for my new system. I'm hoping to hit the sweet spot concerning bang for the buck on most components. Here's what I've come up w/ so far: Case: Not certain. Right now Enermax is looking pretty good. Trying to get decent power (400w+) and USB 2.0 front panel connections Motherboard: MSI-6586 648-MaxL. I want AGP 8x, USB 2.0, 533MHz FSB, ATA 133 and this board does all that for a decent price. CPU: P4 2.53GHz Memory: 2 x 512MB DDR, PC2700, unbuffered Hard Drive: WD 100GB, 7200 rpm, 8MB cache Video: (MSI) GeForce4 Ti4200, 128MB DDR, AGP 8x, TV out Monitor: 19" CRT-based flat (Trinitron-style). Nothing fancy but would like a respectable dpi. Sound Card: Undecided. The board comes w/ AC97 sound onboard. I dunno how good onboard audio is anymore. Speakers: Logitech Z560 CD-RW & DVD I haven't thought much about. Suggestions appreciated. TIA EDIT: BTW, I'm not stuck on Intel for certain. I just haven't gathered as much info on the AMD side of the argument yet.