I am just about to build my first PC and would welcome any feedback or someone to point out flaws in my logic: Purpose: Not a HTPC, but definately a DVD creation PC. Will use Mpeg files created by Tosh, so no Mpeg capture now, but maybe later when Camcorder goes digital. the PC Mobo&CPU Asus K8SE Deluxe + Athlon 64 3000 I know its not 939 but I dont suffer upgradeitis until the PC dies or is 1/5 the latest speed. Am assuming that I will get more punch for my pound with AMD and when 64bit sw, which will arrive, comes out I will be at an advantage. Also PCI xpress cards are still at a premium and current PCI cards would not benefit from xpress (ie a creative 1024 Sound blaster from my old PC and a 56K modem) so no PCI express. Mobo can also handle Sata drives and has a wifi card addon. Assuming this will be ok for point to point communication with laptop. galaxy nvidia 6800 128M This is the bit I am most worried about. Dont want to pay more than £200 for a card. Seems to me you get more bang for your buck with the 6800 even when its the 128M model and not the GT/Ultra models. but this comes with HW Mpeg compression/decompression, should I need it later. The ATI cards dont seem to do this, not even the X?00 cards. Chose tha galaxy because I am worried about heat and it uses a PCI slot exhaust so not contributung to internal heat. Would I be better of with ATI 9800XT or even high spec nvidia 5??? card? memory 512. Thinking that benefits of going 1G are marginal with Windos XP pro HDD 160G SATA 7200 8M cache. Would raid striped pairs be better or is this overkill for my purpose? (ie like using a range rover for the 500yard school run - whoops isnt that most londoners? - Im a southerner before you start the flames!) DVD Writer NEC 3500, dont think this is canbe questioned. Will be partnered with a Tosh 4 speed DVD-R/RW/RAM writer from my old PC. case and PSU Was going to get a scan clio junior with a 350W HiperPower HPU-3s350 3rd Gen Quiet Single Fan Passive PFC. This is the area that concerned me most. Im worried about heat. I intend to get a couple of 80mm chassis fans. The CPU will be retail with the AMD cooling bits. How can I tell if 350W will be anough for the fans, GPU and drives? Screen I am simply after a 17 inch TFT that gives <20ms response. There is an acer on Comets website thats about £200. Dont know enough to know wether this is a good choice or not. OS &SW XP Pro SP2, key software will be apps like TMPGenc DVD author and the womble products. Will most prob go for the premiere cheapo app too. Any feedback would be welcome as Im not new to PC tinkering but have never gone this far in building one.