Well, after fighting with myself about a laptop, I have come to the conclusion that I can't cut my performance in half because 'laptops are cool.' So, here's the new one. It'll be running Windows 2000, with either Samplitude or Nuendo and Wavelab. I'd be happy to entertain anyone's thoughts on the whole setup. Supermicro P4DC6+ (the one with built in Adaptec SCSI- I am waffling between this and the P4DCE + PCI SCSI card for a similar price) Dual Xeon 1.5g (Foster core, unless someone can convince me that the new Prestonia core will do much for me) 512megs RDRAM to start with (if the budget allows, I will go to a gig) (2) IBM 18gig 10K SCSI drives IBM 20g 7200 IDE drive Plextor SCSI CDRW Sony 52X CDROM Maxtor G450 dualhead video RME Hammerfall PCI & Multiface interface Supermicro full server tower (seems to make sense to buy the case/PS that they build for their own board) I just have heard too many stories of really persnickity dual AMD Tyan Tiger rigs, and other companies are just barely coming out with dual AMD solutions right now- I don't want to wait a couple of months for all of those to shake down. Plus, I am very willing to pay an extra $500 for the stability of a Xeon system, and this supermicro board makes a lot of people happy in that regard. Any constructive criticism welcome!