So after two years of the same computer I finally decide it's time to upgrade. Father likes taking my old stuff off me at reasonable prices and is really wanting to step up from the P2 300 he is currently using (added insentive). This should be easy. May 16th I place my order: Athlon XP 1800+ Thermaltake Volcano 6Cu Abit K7RA-133A 2x 256meg Samsung cas2.5 PC2100 DIMMs Abit Ti4200 64meg Maxtor DX740 60gig fluid bearing version (dubbed quiet version) Pioneer 16x slot load DVD Generic Panasonic Floppy Antec Performance Plus660 Case/PS (awesome case) Samsung 900NF monitor WinXP Pro Was gonna use my older Diamond MX300 sound card, 3Com 10/100 NIC, keyboard, mouse and for sh*ts and giggles put my old 56.6 modem in it. The video card, and case were not in stock. Gave the people I ordered from specific instructions not to ship anything until they could ship it all. 5 days after I ordered and two requests for price updates later (the ram and processor had dropped in price) they started shipping me stuff. Shipped everything but the hd, dvd, monitor, video and case. Over the next two days the hd and dvd shipped. Then 3 days later the monitor shipped. Two weeks after I placed the order I had everything but the video card (had an old one I could use) and a case/PS (need this before I can do anything). Great First package arrives. They sent the wrong heatsink and fan. Their label was what I wanted, but that wasn't what was in the box. I recieved the Cu+ which has a 7000rpm fan instead of a 4550rpm fan of the Cu. That 7000rpm fan was incredibly noisy. Get an RMA and send it back. Over the next 4 days get three more packages (dvd, hd, monitor). A week ago the case finally shows up (by some miracle so did the right HS/Fan an hour before the case). So I build the thing. Everything seems to be working fine except I don't install any games as I'm borrowing a crap video card and want to wait for my GF4. Watching some trailers the sound would occationally just cut out and I'd have to reboot to get it back. Just figured it was a bug in Mplayer. Today I finally get the video card. Install it and get everything working. Great all done. Except now when I get q3 going I discover it's not just Mplayer. My MX300 sound card, the Via chipset and XP don't like each other. A few seconds to a few minutes into a game the sound cuts out and I have to reboot to get it back. Tried the one fix documented online, didn't work. Too afraid to try the other fix as I don't want to play around with registers on the sound card. Guess I gotta order a new soundcard. Now the other fun thing in this story is when I pull the case door off to install the video card, I leave it off when I start the machine up. I hear this really audible high pitched squeal. It's the harddrive. Put the case door back on, and now that I've heard the pitch, I can hear it with the case all closed up. And it is really annoying. I realize now that I could hear it on and off before, but never thought it was the computer. Email Maxtor and ask them if the squeal is normal for this drive. Their response is simply instructions for an RMA. Do some looking and hear from a few people that they went through 3 or 4 drives before they got one that didn't squeal. I'm definately not up for that. Also during this looking find out I really should have ordered a Seagate drive in the first place (really are quiet). So tomorrow I need to order a sound card and see if I can get this Maxtor exchanged for a Seagate. Then if this goes well maybe, over a month after I placed the order and three installs of XP later, I'll finally have my new computer complete.