Greetings all, my first post here. I've read lots of useful info here and now I'm after some specific info. I need to build a fairly professional DAW on a tight budget (sigh) for my little cottage studio. I'm hoping the Intel P4 550 3.4Ghz processor will be powerful enough to build around, for a system which will be recording and mixing a lot of tracks at once. Almost no MIDI - mainly alternative rock/indie stuff. Is it fast enough? We can't afford a dual core system right now, maybe Christmas...please Santa. I don't know whether to get an Asus P5GD1 or an MSI Neo2-Platinum: I've seen the asus boards ship with custom built DAW's but I've heard and read good things about MSI too - anyone know which is better for this type of system? We're hoping to use this machine with a MOTU 2408 Mk III & a MOTU 24 I/O. The reason for both is that we'll be using the smpte features on the 2408 to sync to analog tape, & we have a 32-channel console which everything will run through. We need to record full bands simultaneously sometimes. It may seem like overkill but it's necessary for the kind of wierdo's we record...plus we are using digital and analog simultaneously. And no, sadly we can't afford RME gear for this type of job. Anyone here got any experience with the MOTU stuff and PC? I read some posts somewhere about it being easier to run on mac. A couple of gigs of RAM, a couple of Seagate SATA HDD's and the usual bits and bobs, shoved inside a rackmount case with rails which is itself shoved inside a sealed cupboard to eliminate noise. Backup will be via a cheap IDE internal front-loading HDD caddy. I've built one reasonable PC already, but could do with some advice as this time it's intended for more professional use. Almost forgot to mention, we'll be mainly using Nuendo 2 at first. Basically, people, will it work? I appreciate any help you can offer. Cheers, Ali.