Hey guys! I'm starting to put together a list of components required for the new computer I want built and there are some things I'm not quite sure of. I'll give you a list of the things I want (or at least am pretty sure I want) and then ask a couple of questions: MOTHERBOARD: Dual Chip P4 2.5 GHz (if possible and logical) NO integrated Video & Audio RAM 4 DIMMs (up to 2 Gb RAM @ 333 MHz At least 3 USB Ports VIDEO CARD: Dual Monitor Capable 64 Mb Video RAM HARD DRIVE: ATA 100/133 7200 RPM Greater than or equal to 30 Gb AUDIO CARD (The crux of the issue) I want something that can output THX Cert. 5.1 (as I'm starting to get into film scoring) but also has more than a Mic and Line IN. 24/96 would be preferable as well, but budgetary concerns do play a role here. Questions: 1. What are the options available, product-wise, that meet my criteria for the Audio hardware? I've looked at the Audiophile (M-Audio) but I'm not sure if that's the way to go. 2. Regarding the P4, is the software that is currently available (ie. Cool Edit Pro, Cakewalk Pro Audio) written to take advantage of dual processor architectures, or would it be better (more economical, more logical) to go with a single P4 with Hyper-Threading? I feel as though I'm awash in a sea of technical blarney and I need a life preserver to survive. This machine needs to last me for at least 4 years if not longer, so any help would be greatly appreciated.