I am about to start on a project for my family room downstairs in the dungeon. In the family we have realised the demand for a solid workstation (One my brothers can't kill by being young and killing OSes like we all once have). And then I began thinking where the hell am I going to put this sucker. The study is full with two computers and two desks, and I don't want this thing on the 40" LCD in the living room. So I took a trip to IKEA, (Amazing store for cheap solid furniture grabbed myself a nice new computer desk too, Pictures later) And I grabbed this little fold out table. Some Pics Here is the room. Heres the entertainment center of the family room. Heres where I plan on putting the PC, most likely top shelf, and will move all 4 game consoles down. (XBOX360, XBOX, Wii, and PS2) Now I have a PC I have temporarily been using as a server, its specs: Processor: AMD Athlon 3200 XP Ram: 512mb Kingston Graphics card: Evga 128mb 6200 Geforce graphics card Motherboard: Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe Sound: Audigy LS Hard drive: 80Gb somethin Pictures of it: . . . I know I know, I need to clean up my wiring. Unfortunatly I do not have anywhere near enough upload bandwith to actually serve anything of value. (4000kbps down/ 350kbps UP) So I think this is the perfect canidate for a mediacenter/workstation PC. OTHER POSSIBILITIES FOR MOTHERBOARD/PROCESSOR Old HP scavenged parts: Motherboard: some asus oem board Processor: for an old 2.4 GHz P4 Celly Yuck! And Motherboard: Socket 478 ABIT IC7 865p Processor: Intel Northwood P4 2.53 GHz 533 FSB can get about 3.0 GHz out of the processor I personally am favoring the AMD Athlon 3200 XP Mobo+processor for this build. But the Intel P4 Northwood is a good candiadte as well. What do you guys think I should use? Stuff laying around that I plan to add to turn the system into a media center/workstation: Creative 5.1 Hauppauge PVR-150 I am currently debating between using XP or vista on it, since I am most comfortable with windows. Their is no question that with either one I will need more ram. So next I come to the part where I have to choose what to buy for this workstation/media center. Things it needs: Wireless keyboard Wireless mouse -LCD monitor preferable 19" widescreen or larger. Due to space constraits 21" is about the widest Id go unless I relocate the desk. -But I would like to keep it as low cost as possible to save for the 26" LCD TV we plan on -putting in the entertainment center. -LCD wall mount bracket -RAM? -Possibly a new video card was thinking x1300 or x1600 (but I was thinking that a soundcard might be of higher priority because I want it to sport my 5.1 system. - This is my first draft, pictures will be uploaded after I grab some food, I just wanted to get all my ideas/options out on paper. Feel free to comment.