The main idea is to build a computer from recycled/refurbished parts that is capable of running smoothly and not catching on fire. I need some tips, ideas, and resources. I have wanted to build my own PC for a long while now and I'm getting ready to sell some stuff and hope to begin buying parts for a computer. I dont need a top of the line PC. I dont plan on using it for Gaming, or running high end programs--nothing of the sort. All I want is a PC that will do the following: Play Videos, MP3s and display Pictures. Allow me to run a Dev environment in case I ever get around to putting my meager knowledge of C++ into action. Allow me to browse the web Run Office Suite type software Have a few games on my harddrive. Play and burn CDs and DVDs I know this is gonna sound tacky but...Floppy Disk. 150 Gig HardDisk and 2-4 Gigs RAM. I dont think I'll actually need all that RAM, but I want it anyway so that if I should decide to do something strenous with the PC I will have it and if not, I can just have bragging rights. I have a lot of floppy disks and I still like to use them from time to time. It really gets under my skin that most Desktops we buy or see no longer have them... I want 3 or more usb ports and a space for memory sticks and cards. The software that I want to run on it stuff like: FireFox, Thunderbird Skype OpenOffice Suite Tux Paint VLC Video Any other quality OpenSource program. Linux. (Ubuntu? I really dont know that much about the Linux versions, but I had someone praises Ubuntu very highly.) I love the idea of having a PC that costs me nothing more than parts and the time of assembly. I plan to fill my computer with OpenSource software ONLY.