Hi everyone, I am an all around newbi, and am hoping to find some help with my new computer(s) project. I will do the best I can in terms of explaining my upgrade and listing the technical specs. I have an existing HP Pavilion 754n, I want to upgrade via a new case and hardware, or just leave asis and build a complete new system. FIRST: Existing HP Pavilion 754n; Processor: Intel P4, CPU: 2.53 GHz, FSB: 533MHz, Socket: mPGA 478, Chipset: Intel 845G, Mother Board: MSI 6577 W/ MSI/Award BIOS. Form Factor: uATA, Memory: PC2100, (133MHz) 266MHz, DDR SDRAM W/ 512MB Installed, Max. Memory: 2GB,@ 2x 1024 MB DIMMS, PCI Slots: 3, 2 open, APG : 1, Graphics: AGP 4x, HDD: Samsung 80GB, Ultra DMA 5400rpm, IDE UDMA Modes: ATA-66/100, Typical Floppy, HP DVD Writer, Cyber 24x CD/DVD ROM, I think the rest of the specs.is pretty much typical. SECOND; I have already purchased the following new Hardware and plan on using the HP Pavilion DVD/CD Drives etc. and running it with the new?? NEW; X Super Alien ATX Tower W/ 500 PSU, 6- PCI and 1- AGP Rear expansion Slots, and 5/2 external drives and 5 internal. Also has 6 UV LED Fans, Temp. and fan speed controlls on front and rear panels, Front USB 2,O, Firewire, and audio. NEW; Western Digital EIDE 250 GB HDD, NEW; Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2zs Platinum Pro Sound Card. NEW; ATI Radeon 9800 Pro AGP 128MB,Graphics Card. Now for my big question! HELP!!! What have I got myself into, I never meant to go this far, but all the above where at great prices and one thing led to another. Anyway, could anyone please recomend a new Mother Board that would supply all the needs this system may need? I have done the research for weeks, but want a graphics card that will support future upgrades etc. like a (Pentium 4 3.2oGHz) I know the mobo's cost between 35.00 and up, And would like to spend around $100. to 150.00 plus for one. But know little about which one to buy. As I am totally confused. My second question is regarding my ex'g. HP, Would I be better off just leaving it alone? or incorporate as much as I can into the new case etc. This all started by a friend giving us a used PC, For my wife to us. I also need to buy a new (cheap) sound card, graphics card, and do a clean install on Win.2K Pro. so she can use it instead of her older Dell W/Win.98 (no se edition) One last thing, I use my computer mostly for Art, drawing, designing, photo effects, MP3 downloads and would like to record old VHS tapes to DVD. Although I might play a game or two when finished. Also any good computer books that will help with the technical stuff etc. with lots of photos? I am trying to do all my planning first, with no surprizes when I get started, but would like to get the mother board bought now. I hope this makes since to you all, and if I left anything out, please feel free to jump in and give your input. THANKS JDT; I am going to have to shut down for a while, and you may e-mail me anytime you like.