Hey... First off I'd like to say that I'm rather unknowledgable when it comes to hardware. I have a AMD Athlon 64bit 1.8GHZ proc at the moment on a cheap Asus mobo with a grafix card that would make fred flintstone red with emberassment... (Fx 5200.. *sigh*) I have some cash and I want to build a really good PC. I did some reading and Here was my first config... Intel Core 2 Duo - 975X - MSI/ASUS 2x (or 3 or 4) 1GB Corsair - 533MHZ 300 GB HDD (SATA) At atleast 10,000rpm MSI nVidia 7600GT DELL 20" LCD Monitor. Cambridgeworks Sound System I don't know if Im correct with my specs there... but that was the basic idea. Then I read somewhere that the AMD X2 Dual Core proccys outperform the Intel Proccys .. http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-10442_7-6389077-1.html (this was the article) And after I checked with someone that was the old generation of Dual Core proccys... Then in the Core 2 Upgrade guide this is the suggested System for someone without a budget... E6600 or 6700 or Higher Asus P5B Deluxe or Asus P5W DH 2GB DDR2 XP2-5300 Mushkin Extreme Performance (default rated 3,3,3,x) And I'll throw in the Nvidia 7600GT till the DX10 cards are out. Im really confused as to what to get and any advice whatsoever is welcome. Also, this sytem was used in the tests which proved the AMD X2 to be better than the Intel Dual core Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe motherboard; Nvidia Nforce 4 SLI chipset; Crucial 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; ( 2 or maybe 3gigs of ram) 256MB Nvidia GeForce 7800GTX (PCIe); ( This i'll replace with a 7600GT) WDC WD740GD-00FLA2 74GB 10,000rpm SATA; Windows XP Professional SP2; Antec 550w power supply I don't really want to overclock my PC here, because in I live in India and if I blow something up getting it replaced, if thats possible, will be a pain. Edit: Let me also add that Im basically a gamer and I work with photoshop and other editing software at times.. Help please.