Finally, I broke down and made a decision for components for a PC. Your expecting 5.0 ghz, 18 gig of ram, 8 video cards, right? :biggrin: Oh contrare. 2.6 ghz AMD X2 5000 "Black Edition CPU, Asus basic Mobo, 3 gig of Crucial RAM Memory is only 667mhz. Rather have 800, but that's the kit, comes with 667, so I'll try it first. , basic systm and software 160 gig SATA HD (not really first choice, but I'll try it.) Only 8 cache instead of 16. Basic SATA CD/DVD writer, a disposable case, that I intend to do just that with, and use an aluminum case of mine. 450 watt disposable power supply. Basic fan. Cost after rebates delivered? 269.00. Just add video card Will probably use an existing card I have for now. I think it will do ok, a Gforce 8200 or something like that. Or is it higher number, not sure. I just needed something with better processing power, more ram for photoshop. It's not really rocket science. This is a Tiger Direct bare bones kit. I'll put it in my spare aluminum Coolmaster case, and see how it does. My existing machine's been locking up, has zero tolerence for high demand graphics. It's time to put the old girl out to pasture. Edit, after a failed build, the parts went back, except for a DVD writer. I kept it is all. The mobo was a real piece. Apparently poorly designed, since my video card would not seat properly without taking the board loose from case. I couldn't believe it, and I never could get it to post. It beeped once, then 4 times, never showed anything, and I checked both DVI and standard video. maybe just a bad board, no matter, I was frustrated after 5 hours work, I Gave up, boxed it up and shipped it back. back to the drawing board.