Hi, I'm looking to build a computer before I head off to college and am looking around for a forum for computer building (like HTF is for HT building): or maybe I can get help or a shove in the right direction here (I'm also currently scanning AVS HTPC forum). What I'll be using this PC for primarily: Watching DVDs Word Processing and related activities Surfing the internet Video Editing Image Editing secondary: occasional gaming My budget is $3,000: includes printer, monitor, excellent headphones (no speakers please), all software and hardware and surge protector. Hardware I'd like to get: DVD burner CD burner (opt. can cannibalize oen i bought for parents comp) at least 512 DDR RAM preferablly closer to a gig a good video card for movies a good audio card for headphones a processor at least 1 ghz at least a 60gig HD ethernet card (opt. can cannibalize one i bought for parents comp) keyboard mouse motherboard and matching tower to handle all of this solid powersupply and fan Software: windows XP pro adobe photoshop 7.0 upgrade quicktime pro good burning dvd and cd programs good dvd player program of course since I'm looking at video editing you're going to say MAC! but with macs it seems like you get a third of the power with less tweakability for the same price. I look at the list price on G4 towers and it's 3k just for the tower thats only a 2 gig processor with 512 of ram and no software or monitor or printer. that to me is absolutely ridiculous, even if the architecture of the hardware is optimized to run better than a pc.