I finally got a new machine for personal use and this one should last me awhile.
Intel Q6600 (quad core) @ 2.4Ghz
Antek NSK1380 case (small formfactor, about the size of a large 4 slice toaster)
Asus P5E-VM motherboard
Fedora 8 x86_64 as the OS
Some initial testing shows that I can compile mplayer from a make clean in about 2 mins when I use the -j 4 option to make. On my loaner laptop it was about 10-15 mins.
Hopefully now, I can get back to coding.