Hi all, My trusty hcpc has given me no *real* grief but i feel now that it's time to upgrade the mobo/cpu/memory/graphics card & maybe a case. Having been out of the hardware upgrade race for a while i was wondering what is the most cost effective; & more importantly, stable configurations to consider. Is still true that the Intel based systems are the "preferred" way to go for stability reasons? or have AMD systems become more stable. Having done a little research seems that the P4 1.8 Northwood is a good "bang for your buck" bet, but, i seem to get conflicting advice with regards to motherboards. Is it worth carrying over my trusty Radeon 7200 or go for one of the 9xxx series & what are the advantages for doing so. So what's your config? My current config: Suntek Viper case (spray painted black) Intel P3 800 100 mhz FSB (slot 1) Soyo SY-6BA+ Mobo 512mb crucial pc133 sdram cas 2 Radeon 7200 (modded for BNC output) IBM GXP 75 30 gig UDMA 100 HDD (lucky to still have this one ) Audiophile 24/96 sound card. Ken Hotte modified capture card. As i mentioned, this config has served well but i want future proof myself. All advice as usual, greatly app'd. Tim.