Thanks for the fast replies all. Here's more specifically what I'm looking for. How close can I come?
black/dark grey case. max 8" high and 13" wide
system is going to be in a listening room so absolute silence is the biggest priority. since i assume i am going to be forced into a slow processor i'd rather not invest a lot of money because i envision upgrading every 12 months.
would like to be able to add a high quality audio card with SPDIF output if not already on the motherboard.
that's much better.
this is what i suggest:
sound blaster platinum card (any version from live --> audigy 2 depending on your budget)
maybe a 15" lcd.
good luck to you.