Hello everyone. I have been planning a Sandy Bridge build for months, and now that they have been recalled I'm really at a loss in terms of what to do? What would you do if you needed to build a new computer this month? The main reason that I need to build it this month is because my previous system crashed and though I salvaged all the data into this slow-as-hell Pentium 4 rig - the performance on this machine is not adequate for some of the work I do and the system often halts with full suite of design programs open. Also, I've just ordered a Fractal Design R3 Black Pearl and a Fractal Design Newton 800W PSU and it would be a damned shame to even think about putting a P4 into that case. When I realized I could no longer purchase sandy bridge, my first thought was to build an intermediary system that could last another year or two until BullDozer and Sandy/IvyBridge have fought it out for a while. My second thought was do I really need that much more power? Before crashing, my old system contained the following: Athlon XP 2100+ Mobile Epox 8rda3+ Mobo with onboard sil3112/Raid 2xSeagate 80GB 7200RPM (original SATA) in Raid 0 Radeon 8500LE The programs that I use heavily are Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Flash. The main things I would like my new computer to do better than my old broken computer are: 1. Play newer games at reasonable/good settings on a 1920x1080 resolution monitor - mainly I am thinking BF Bad Company 2 and Crysis look like my kind of games. 2. Handle two side-by-side 1920x1080 resolution monitors for graphic design work (I do not like the idea of gaming on two monitors ) while occasionally using one of the monitors for video and/or possibly displaying a movie on my nearby HDMI-compatible HDTV. 3. Quick Data access. I'm a big fan of Raid and was thinking about utilizing Raid1+0 for my future data storage and I was thinking a total of 1/2 - 1 TB of space over 4 Drives. That way I can add another four drives to the Fractal Design case if needed without tearing apart my array. 4. HD - my older computer can't even handle a 480P youTube video and seriously struggles with 720P MKV file formats and outright laughs at me when I ask it to play a BluRay quality movie. So... (sorry for the lengthy post) . .. I was wondering what you would do? I know that even if I were to purchase a core2duo I would probably be amazed by the performance relative to my current setup. So where is the sweet-spot in terms of price/performance right now? I'm looking to spend about $1000 MAX (US Dollars) and do not need a case or a PSU or case fans. I would not be opposed to spending less than $1000 either, I'm just not sure where to make compromises and things were much simpler back when I was first building computers.