I already have most of the parts I'll need. I'm basing it around a Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 processor I retired from my gaming machine when I built a new gaming machine. My LGA 775 motherboard I have on hand right now is an ASUS P5N-D with a force chip. I was reading up on it and it seemed difficult at best to get it up and running and being a novice I decided I should try using another motherboard. I found a Asus P5Q-E motherboard on eBay for a reasonable amount and I have a page book marked where someone got this motherboard to run El Capitan. I have two PNY GeForce GTX 560 TI cards to use. I realize at this point that I can't use SLI but I'm hoping maybe I can use the second to help in video encoding just to try my hand at making a dual card encoding based system. I realize performance will be lacking but think of this as a test bed to see if it is worth investing money in modern hardware to accomplish the same goal. I have heard that graphics cards can be troublesome so I'm hoping that these cards or at least one of them will work. I have the power supply, DDR2 and a Cooler Master V8 GTS on hand. I also have a Corsair Carbide 400C case on it's way for the build as well. The last piece of the puzzle is a SSD drive. Once all the parts in the mail arrive I'll go to Best Buy and grab a 480GB SSD to use as the system drive. I'll be sure to take photos and share my progress on this project in case anyone is interested or can lend an ounce of advice if I run into any issues.