Here's what I got...short version....kinda Guy at work wants my help building a new comp for him. From what he's told me he uses it for is taking shows that he has ViVo'ed and transfers them to his computer. He then uses a program that converts them to video files that he can burn to DVD to watch again later. NO he's not copying movies or pay-per-views he's doing shows that are aired on a regular basis. His current computer has an AMD 3000+ with 2 gig of PC2700 ram. His hard drive is an IDE (not sure if its ATA 100 or 133) with I an Albatron MB (not sure on model). His hopes are to build something to cut down the time involved to actually do all this. He said it usually takes 30 - 40 minutes to process files now. Here's what I have come up with so far....I would like opinions on what one you think would be best for his situation. Senerio 1... AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ Windsor 2.8GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Processor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103771 GIGABYTE GA-M57SLI-S4 AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128014 CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145590 Senerio 2... Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 Conroe 2.33GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115030 ASUS P5K SE LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131189 CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145033 In all 3 cases above we have... Western Digital Caviar SE WD4000JSRTL 400GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive Bought Friday from BF sale at Staples Thermaltake toughpower W0105RU ATX12V / EPS12V 700W Power Supply 100 - 240 V CE, CB, TUV, FCC, UL, CUL, and BSMI certified http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153035 EVGA 256-P2-N615-TX GeForce 7600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130062 That's pretty much the main parts. He's keeping his old one in tact so there will be a DVD burner floppy and case but we don't need to hash those over. As for the PS....I know the opinions seem to be about 50/50 on the TT PS's but I have a brand new one I can let him have for about half the cost NewEgg wanted for it so he wants to go that route. I'm thinking the video card probably wouldn't do for a gaming system but it should be fine for what he uses it for. Am I wrong in this thought or could/should I look at something better or lower to save a couple bucks ??? He is on a budget of 600-700 so I tried to keep him in that range. The Intel system as it is is pushing the limit while the AMD comes in near the lower end of it. Sooooo.....do you see any big advantages of one over the other and what would you change. Thanks in advance for any help.