Hello DAW folks, Firstly great forum and some quality posts. As a new visitor I could really do with some kind factual cautions and encouragment. I have been considering taking a perverse root to making a very compact and virtually silent DAW from a new Shuttle barebones SS51 system base A Review of the system base is on anandtech and pitches the ASUS P4B533-V (Intel 845G - DDR333) against the Shuttle SS51 (SiS 651 - DDR333)in performance tests, see it here:- http://www.anandtech.com/mobile/showdoc.html?i=1661&p=1 for those not familiar with this format it is a very small form factor case with a FlexATX motherboard (Shuttle FS51) and sports these surprising features. SIS 651/962L Chipset Intel Pentium 4 Socket478 CPU 2 DDR200/266/333 un-buffer DDR SDRAM, 4 USB2.0 Ports, 3 IEEE1394 Ports S-Video/TV-Out Function Integrated SIS 651 Graphic engine AC '97 v2.2 (supports 5.1 channel) Onboard, Digital SPDIF In/Out Onboard 10/100 Fast Ethernet LAN ATA 33/66/100/133 IDE interface Dimensions: (L)300mm x(W)200mm x(H)185mm Chassis: All aluminum Bay Definition: 5.25 x1/ 3.5 x2 Slot: 1 4XAGP slots, 1 PCI slots My additions to this would be:- A Intel Pentium 4 2.26Ghz 533FSB CPU A recycled trusty Matrox G400MAX Dual-head AGP card (1.5v AGP compatable version) a recycled Yamaha 8/8/24 CDRW drive That Western digital WD1200JB 8mb cache 120gig drive 1GB in two modules of Crucial PC2700 DDR memory And a high quality creamware LunaII or M-Audio Omnistudio sound I/O card. 3 recycled 19inch Sony flat Trinitron monitors (Hardly compact I admit but addictive!) Now Aside from that SIS chipset and having scrutinised a lot of posts here that looks like a pretty standard setup to me but I do not know if:- 1/ these new SIS chipsets are workable for audio 2/ I can drive all three monitors if I run the on-board graphics port + dual head AGP slot matrox adapter under XP. 3/all those integrated features are safe to work with. I am using Windows XP, Cubase SX 1.01, Waves Platinum Bundle, Halion,The Grand,B4,Virtual guitarist etc. for a recreational jotter in a domestic project studio. I know that if it all goes bad I can drop the lot on an ASUS P4B533 and sit pretty but I thought I might reach for something different than rebuilding my quality but "puffin" Supermicro 760A full tower Macho-box and still get performance, but .. really small and .. really quiet. I would appreciate members experience and views and hope to inspire a "little" "Quiet" discussion thread..