Ok - I think I have to accept what was my primary desktop has died.... It began with a failed HD write, went to unmountable boot volume, then there were POST failures and zero output to the AGP when POST did complete normally.... This could be dying Mobo (Neo Platinum) or it could be the old Radeon 9800 finally gave up the ghost - anyway both of those are headed to my hardware graveyard now. So I see it is time I got with the current situation again - and as soon as I have time I am feeling ready to spend some money - though at the same time I think I'll be wanting to stick with all the remaining hardware (SATA and ATA drives, 500W Tagan PSU, couple of GB of 133 DDR, and significantly a NEXUS case which I am hoping to run fully closed and quiet on the upgrade).... So i think I'll be getting to PCIx and maybe an SLI board - I am tempted to move all the way to the Nforce six series boards that are out now, moving to an Intel duo and maybe to go mad and take a quad core (though I expect I will balk at the prices there).... My primary movers here? Well I have a VISTA coupon - think I'll redeem that for the OS - like I said I want to get the case closed down and nice and quiet - so this needs to run not too hot because I know it does not vent so well - or if it does get hot needs to tolerate that well.... I am not a big gamer - so that should be secondary.... As to budget - I guess I feel comfortable up to the £800 or so mark and could stretch that a little - given I dropped £1200 for the T7200 laptop which is now my top grade rig and need to better that for my desktop that gievs me a bottom level benchmark. Anyone care to chip in here with any ideas based on current technology - I have been and am busy with other priorities in life lately and so any and all information and tips greatly appreciated. I'll get back here with what results - probably have something up and running for Easter I hope.