This will be my first actually attempt at building a computer using a barebones Shuttle SG31G2, or at least that is the plan. I'll be installing either Ubuntu 7.10 or Linux Mint 4.0 as an operating system. No real experience with those either, except to check out Mint from a boot disk. Liked what I saw. Money is an issue but I don't wish to skimp on basics. I'm not a high end user, no gamer, but do watch movies on my computer. I'm an old guy and have been using computers for many years, but mostly a user and not a geek when it comes to opening them up and making repairs. I do know how to install things like adapter cards, ram, cd-dvd drives. I know what the inside looks like and what most everything is I'm seeing inside. So, any suggestions as to where to go beyond the bare bones? Things like what might not be compatible with Linux? I want at least 250 gig HD, 2 gig ram with upgrade possible, at least 17" wide screen. What processor would work best with Linux, AMD or intel? Have not decided if I'll make it a double boot with windows or not, DOS and windows are the only OS I've any experienced. Newegg has Win XP media addition and I've thought I'd want to make it a media friendly computer.