hi, i've read a lot of posts, but i think posting my thoughts will help me get the answers i'm looking for. thanks in advance for all of your help. i'm buying a new PC to use with a Mackie Onyx 1620 24bit 96k i need to avoid latency. i need advice on motherboards. i've heard an external firewire card will help decrease latency. i've also heard to avoid on-board sound. i'm probably going with ddr2 ram. i'd like to avoid any on-board 'add-on's' if possible. any idea's about the best motherboard for my situation? i need advice on hard drives, my current choice is hitachi 7K1000 1TB drive because they have a faster seek time based on having 3 platters, not 5. what the best drive for audio? does size matter? i need advice on fans, cooling, and cases. my current choices are antec sonata 3 for the case and a Zalman CNPS9700LED for the fan. i need advice on ram. i'm going with DDR2, but 800 or 1066 is the question. the way i read it, the 1066 will give the intel chip a faster bus speed, 1333mhz. am i interpreting that wrong. should i bother with 1066 ddr2 ram? will 800 ddr2 ram be enough? any idea's about brand? i need advice on a video card that will not interfere with the audio with fan noise, wasted resources etc... what about software. the mackie will work with cubase, nuendo and VST's. any advice on software choices would help. i'm not afraid of doing my own research, but i AM going around in circles. even just a few links to hardware spec's would be helpful.