Edit: just to clarify, these are upgrades for my computer, i already have a fully built desktop Okay, so I need a bunch of stuff. I'm going to start with the stuff I'm more sure about than not and work my way down... 1) It's a socket AM2 system. I have a c2d 2.0ghz laptop, and I don't think I want to spend the time or money to go to Intel for the desktop. I know they're better now, but to me it's not worth the money. So I'm 99.9% sure I'm just going to buy a socket AM2 X2 processor. Right now I have an Ath64 3500+, and this computer is for heavy web browsing/multitasking/some gaming. I think a fast X2 will last me a good while. Here's what I've narrowed it down to. If you guys (for any of this list) have other suggestions that I have missed, feel free to add them. linkypoo to newegg comparison Choice #1: AMD Ath64 X2 5400+ Brisbane 2.8ghz 2x512 L2 Cache 65W BLACK EDITION - $87 Choice #2: AMD Ath64 5000+ Brisbane 2.6ghz 2x512 L2 Cache 65W BLACK EDITION - $75 Choice #3 - AMD Ath64 6000+ Windsor 3.0ghz 2x1 L2 Cache 125W - $113 How much does the increase in cache size (look at choice 3) make? For occassional gaming, is it worth the price to go with choice 3? Which would you go with? If one of the Black Editions, please recommend me a HSF! 2) Ram... I have 2x512 OCZ Platinum CAS 4. I'm going to get 2x1GB more. I found this for really cheap (and acutally it was faulty, so I think I'll just exchange it for the same thing. Unless it would be better to buy a different brand with 5 eggs like(this has 4)? OCZ Platinm Rev 2 2x1GB DDR2 800 Dual Channel - $50-$30 rebate = $20 linky or any of these for a few bucks more. the first is the most similar to the ram i haev, if that matters? 3) External HDD. These four are what I narrowed it down to. I'm thinking the Western Digital, becuase I already own teh 320GB model, which has a proprietary power connection, and it would be good to have an extra, but its realllllly not a big deal. Unless the other models are significantly better, in which case I'll go with them. This is pretty much for media storage. *Need the most help here* 4) Capture Card. I don't know where to begin, there's so many on Newegg. I need to convert all my home movies on HI8 tapes and VHS to digital files or straight to DVD is best. I need them to lose very little to no quality from the conversion as the quality isn't great to begin with. I don't really plan on watching TV with this computer any time soon, so support for high def channels or anything isn't a big deal. I guess just needs to have RCA and S-Vid inputs to hook up the camcorder and VCR, and if there's perhaps a VGA/DVI input, that'd just be cool to have to hook up computers, but not worth paying more than $25 more to me. 5) Printer. I don't know about you, but I'm sick and tired of my inkjets not working. I want ONE printer for the household that just WORKS. I want it to work when my computers are on or off, so networked is best. Wireless is even better, so let me know what you think about these. If there are any good ones (even if they're not wireless) that I missed, let me know. Thanks a lot. I'm not the most knowledgeable about this stuff, so any advice would be great.