It's been awhile since I've been here but I need help badly. I can't afford to buy a computer with all the hardware qualities I desire, so I'm going to purchase each component and put them together. I want an intel based system that has no parts compatability issues particularly between mobo and drives, has good enough speed so there are no lags between the drive and RAM, very good cooling and last but not least, is as quiet as I can afford. I do everything from small ensembles to full orchestra, which means I use quite a number of programs at once. Most of it is midi with the exception of vocal tracks. I occasionally have a guitarist who plugs in with audio. If there are any good recipes out there, please help me. I'm in no hurry, but I'd rather hear from a musician with tech knowledge than a tech with no knowledge of computer generated music. (Scope where are you?) Thanks in advance.