Been out of the PC game for quite some time, don't play video games or do anything CPU intensive. Hell, I'm currently on a shuttle SS40 with an AMD 2500+ Barton, I am however running 4 monitors, 2 using the Shuttle's on board graphics and 2 using a cheap ATI card (an nvidia card will not work in this rig whilst still allowing the onboard GFX to run). Anyway here goes. 1. What will you be doing with this PC? Browsing mostly, some movies, I don't play video games or do any photo or music editing. I would like it to be a decent HTPC machine though. 2. What's your budget? Are tax and shipping included in this budget? Is your budget flexible? Is cost a driving factor in component selection? Cheap, a few hundred bucks. I have cases, old hard drives, optical drives, e.t.c. So really I just need a mobo and cpu (if the mobo does not have onboard GFX then a vidcard too). 3. Where do you live? Do you have any big B&M (brick and mortar) computer chains nearby (e.g. Microcenter, Fry's, etc)? NYC 4. What exact parts do you need for that budget? CPU, RAM, case, etc. The word "Everything" is not a valid answer. Please list out all the parts you'll need. Mobo CPU Memory GPU but I would be willing to live with onboard GFX for the time being. 5. If reusing any parts, what parts will you be reusing? Please be especially specific about the power supply. For reused parts, list brands, model #s, and, if applicable, firmware revisions. Have PSU, HD, monitors, optical drives, e.t.c. 6. What specific features do you need in a motherboard? RAID? Firewire? Crossfire or SLI support? USB 3.0? SATA 6Gb/s? etc. Which is more important, size of the system or having the particular feature? Make sure you indicate *required* vs. *wanted* for each feature you list. USB 3 would be nice but not necessary. My current PC has 1.1!!! I connect stuff to another PC on my lan the few times I need to move massive amounts of data via USB. 7. What resolution output do you need? 1080p, 720p, DVD quality, etc for HTPC or list Vertical/horizontal resolution for non-HTPC SFF rigs. Do you need multiple monitor output? I def need multi monitor support, currently driving 3 monitors plus a TV. New TV is a 50" plasma and would need to drive that, my current PC is not doing it for this, been playing around with setting for a few days now and nada. 8. Does this system need to fit into a particular space? Think entertainment center shelves, closet space, rackmount, etc. No, but I prefer SFF, need not be miniitx, actual I would prefer a microATX which would allow me the option of changing cases later as well as giving me more room to work with. 9. How comfortable are you with custom case design/modification and electrical wiring? What tools do you have (Screwdrivers/Leatherman, Drill, Dremel, Metal snips, Soldering Iron, Bending Brake, CNC/Welding machines/Plasma cutter, etc...)? I've got and have experience with all of the above, except the plasma cutter, but I do have access to one. But, umm, I'm not building a custom case for this. 10. How important is the noise/silence of this sytem? HTPCs typically want to be quiet while all-out SFF gaming rigs don't care Don't care, middle of the road is fine. I can always upgrade the heatsinks and fans later. 11. How mobile does this system need to be? Need a carrying handle or carrying straps? Is weight important (carry-on bag, etc)? Water cooling quick disconnects, etc? It won't be moving about. 12. Do you already have a legit and reusable/transferable OS key/license? If yes, what OS? Is it 32bit or 64bit? Remember that OEM copies of Win7 have issues with new motherboards No 13. When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Immediately, in a couple weeks, 3-5 years? Would like to do it sooner rather than later, but can wait till Black Friday.