Hi fellow TD rs . Plz help me configure my 1 st PC Requirements/Applications : 1 No gaming ( hardly ) 2 Office work - like accounting s/w such as TALLY etc . 3 Watching DVDs ( n sometimes recording/burning ) 4 Internet ( surfing/mailing/ downloading) 5 Music (listening mp3 s etc ) 6 Budget not a big constraint but wudnt want to splurge .Want value for money . Configuration that I've decided : 1 processor - AMD athlon 64 x2 3600+ ~ 6500 2 mobo - MSI K9NGM2 ~ 4400 ( onboard graphics , AM 2 board ) 3 RAM - 512 MB Transcend DDR2 667 Mhz ~ (not checked) 4 Hard drive - Hitachi Deskstar 80 GB ~ 2400 5 Optical Drive - Lite-On-SHW-1635S ~ 2400 Dual layer DVD writer 6 Monitor - Samsung CRT monitor 15 inch ~ 4000 7 Keyboard - Logitech k/b + mouse combo ~ 800 8 Speakers - Creative SBS 370 ~ 1400 9 Case n Power supply - VIP/Blues/Iball -400 watt psu ~ 1500 * I 'm giving the link for yhe mobo , so that u can check out its features n dispell some of my doubts . ( shud I go 4 Asus M2NPV-MX / M2NPV-VM ) http://www.msi.com.tw/program/products/mainboard/mbd/pro_mbd_detail.php?UID=735 PLZ NOTE(**DOUBTS**-the serial no. below refers to the item in config. above ) 1 I dont really think that my use pattern warrants Core 2 Duo 6300.(does It ? ) 2 biggest confusion in mobo . I have chosen MSI K9GM2 becoz it is cheaper than ASUS M2NPV-MX / M2NPV-VM IT has firewire ,SPDIF-Out/ SPDIF-In connector , TV-Out connector. Not now but sometime later I would like to use it for home theatre . 3 would later ( say 6 months ) pair to 2*512 MB (=1 GB - vista ready ) 667 MHZ becoz someone said for dual channel 667 works better ( 533 not good @ him ) 4,5 ,7 , 9 - No confusion , almost settled . If there is anything significant do tell me ! 6 Monitor - right now I'm not going to be home , its needed only for net surfing by Mom n Dad n replying mails. Later ( 6 months ) . I wud switch to a 19' LCD (viewsonic or samsung) So going with the cheapest option now . 8 Speakers- right now only Mom is going to listen to music , mostly old 60 s - 70 s songs . 2.1 shud be sufficient now. * Graphics card - dont need now . * Sound card - onboard . ********** Since I'm new to it Plz tellme what all softwares n programmes I shud get loaded for my use . Or anything special which I need to watch out or be careful about !! ?? Thanx to think Digit n all who have bothered to help me ! __________ what no replies in 1 whole day . C , mon guys ! I need u r help . I'm a greenhorn just making my 1 st foray into the world of personal computing . N I'm waiting for inputs from knowledgeble members . __________ please reply!!