Ok, so starting my very first build, Unfortunately it will have to be severely budgeted however. So I’ve gone ahead and scoped out parts I feel will not only be good enough per se, but within my budget of around $300ish. I’ve narrowed it down as much as I can, first and foremost let me just point out to you that this machine will NOT be used for any kind of gaming what so ever. it will mainly be used to encode and edit videos using programs such as sony vegas and converxtodvd, downloading large files like movies and other media, and of course web browsing and youtube vids. OS will be XP. So here goes CPU: e5200 $69.99 OH, I plan to O/C this puppy to around 3.2 because if I needed anymore, that would call for a new cooler. I might be better off spending that money to buy a better cpu ? MOBO: gigabyte Ga- g31m-es2l $52.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128357 HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 640 GB 640gb 32mb 74.99 http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Black-WD6401AALS/dp/B001GQYYSQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1241036609&sr=8-2 CASE: COOLER MASTER Elite 341 $29.99 http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0305925 PSU: Thermaltake TR2 W0070RUC 430W ATX12V $28.99 A/R http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153023 RAM: corsair ddr2 TWIN2X4096-8500C5 $34 A/R http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145215 total: = $ 290.95 not too shabby. So I just need some advice and or recommendations as to what would be most beneficial to what I will be using this for. Of course I’d like as much speed as I can get away with for the money!! I am also looking at maybe an AMD kuma 9950 build, but haven’t researched mobo’s and such. All recommendations are welcomed even if they’re way off from what I currently have; I am not set on anything just yet.