I considered buying your model, Mandrix - the other week, but I caved in and went the expensive route on the T3i - coz its commonly referred to, and once you look at the other cams in that performance range, its the Rebel with the best price by a long shot.
As for the memory, good to know that Kingston works with Gigabyte - sole reason I bought the Mushkin is for its looks, like Freitz says.
As for yellow lights and tripods, have you noticed Father Fuzzy's shots ? low level lighting, always seems to be a golden/yellow lighting - I don't know what his setup is - but I found my tripod
on newegg discounted to $39.99 and went for it - its a 3' or so tripod - worked great on the p&s cam - have yet to use a tripod on the Rebel but once or twice. I need more lighting - cpachris has a rig using white sheeting - I could do that - and I have a coupla gooseneck lamps and a few extra 5500K daylite fluo bulbs that I could use for more light. You can see the shadows in the case from my last fotos - I want to get that fully lit look. Just have to do it.