Right now I have: eMachines computer 1.8GHZ AMD Athlon 1.2 Gig RAM 60gig Western Digital HD for apps 80gig Seagate HD for storage VIA Chipset Windows XP Home UAD-1 Unknown PCI based firewire card NVidia GForce 5200 FX Tascam FW-1884 Cubase SX 2.2.0 Ok...this computer is less than stable! I have so many problems from latency, freeze ups, random noises when starting Cubase. 50% of the time when I open a session....it plays back all distorted and choppy so I have to close and restart the program many times until it works. I can hardly run any plugins without Cubase sputtering like hell. I've "optimized" Windows, and have even scrubbed my hard drive, started from scratch, and the same issues. I don't run any "hot" software...so I don't know what the issue is. I'm a my wits end with this P.O.S. and it's now screwing up sessions! Does anyone have any suggestions on a stable, affordable, yet powerful system that I can build? I'm not extremely knowledgeable so I'm not sure what chipsets or socket types I should use. Also I have no clue about the differences in hard drives (SATA, ATA...etc) or what I should use. Can you guys get me on the right track?