Hi; It's my first time posting here. I hope I got into the right forum and I'd really appreciate any insight I could get. Four years ago I bought a DAW from an English firm and I've regreted it off and on since then for reasons I won't go into since it's not pertinent to now. I don't have the speed and crunching power that I wanted and it's time to build a new computer. Here is what I have come up with- The case: Enermax CS-718 ( silver black ) Power Supply: Enermax EG565AX-VH(W)SFMA (2x PCIe, gold) Mainboard: Asus P5WD2-E Premium (2x PCIe x16, 2x G-LAN, SATA II RAID) CPU: Intel® Pentium® D Processor 960 CPU Cooler: Arctic-Cooling Freezer 7 Pro RAM: Kingston HyperX DIMM 2 GB Kit (DDR2-800, KHX6400D2K2/2G) Graphic Card: 256MB EVGA 7600GS Passiv 16x PCI-Express Graphic card with DVI, VGA, YUV HDTV und AVIVO Systemharddisk: 160GB Samsung HD160JJ Sata-II ( 300MB/s, 8MB Cache, 7.200RPm, liquid stored, quiet ) Dataharddisk: 2 x 250GB Western Digital WD2500YD Raid Edition hardisks ( 150MB/s, 16MB Cache, 7200RPm, liquid stored, quiet ) Harddisks in Raid Array 0 (I have an external 300gig hard drive) CD Burner: LG GCE-8527B (Bulk, Black) (I have a high quality external DVD burner) Floppy drive: 3,5' Mitsumi Floppy ( Black ) Soundcards: Creative X-Fi Elite Pro (Retail) and MIDIMAN Delta 44 Running on Windows XP Corporate Professional I'm assured by the person building this that I will have all the power and stability that I need. Meanwhile I have been reading a lot about the D-architecture compared to the new Core2 processors coming out in a few weeks. Their benchmark results aganst AMD are very impressive and they seem also to blow away all of the D-systems. I'm not concerned about spending a few hundred dollars more or less. I just want the best and I want it to be set up to interface with everything that is coming down the line in the next few years. I use Adobe Audition 2.0 and occasional samplers and various plugins- VST and Dxi. I use Band in a Box to generate some portions of my music and I use TC-Helicon to generate harmonies when I can't do them myself. I record the guitar and piano and voice and mostly work with audio files that are either direct or recorded from MIDI. That's about it. Am I over kill already with this other system or should I wait for Core2 and put that in? I'd be buying the best and fastest. Can I use the same motherboard from ASUS and would all of the other components work as well; RAM, graphic card etc? Also, if anyone has any recommendations for replacing any of the components I mentioned I would really appreciate it. Thanks for taking the time to read this.