Howdy, I've decided to upgrade my home recording setup, and first on the list is a new PC. The most affordable way for me to do this (that i've found) is to go through a local computer shop, where you can buy parts at a great price and they give you the option where they will build it for free. The beauty of this is that you can go through their parts list and find the best value for money for each component. i've done a lot of research / reading and what i've narrowed it down to is this: AMD AM2 Athlon 64 X2 6000+ CPU (3gig dual core processor) Asus M3A78-EM AM2+ Motherboard 4gig DDR2 ram 500g western digital hard-drive (7200rpm, SATA2) pioneer SATA dvd burner CoolerMaster Centurion 5 case (with built in power supply) I'm also getting an AOC 22" LCD monitor that i found for a great price in the local classifieds. I think everything will work well... i've done a lot of reading and read a lot of reviews and this seems to be the best option for me. The motherboard comes with built in graphics and firewire, which saves me buying extra cards. I'd really appreciate any comments and opinions from those more informed! Anything i've forgotten / missed? will all these components work well together? Should i invest in a better cooling fan for the processor or will the standard one be able to handle it? thanks in advance !! Cheers, Andy.