The system is a Dell XPS710 purchased 4/30/2007 Vista 32bit Not sure on what type of motherboard Seagate 250GB Barracuda 7200rpm SATA HDD Creative Labs Sound Card Model No. SB0460 Hitachi-LG Data Storage DVD/CD RW Model: GSA-H31N Currently a Nvidia EVGA 9800GTX+ 512mb Vid Card (came with a 8600gts) Currently 2x2GB Kingston DDR2 PC5300, came with 2x1GB Hynix DDR2 PC5300 Intel Core Duo 2x 2.40 pcu 20" Dell Widescreen Monitor Today my computer completely froze and i was getting a solid ping noise from the speakers. When i went to reboot the system turned on and the drives checked. The Vid card fan came on but the CPU fan turn on super high speed and stayed high, the system would not start up. I unplugged the power cord again and the same thing happened. Except this time the CPU fan was normal. Again the system did not start up, it will sit like this until i shut it off. I did some research and here is what i checked. Took out the RAM and started the computer, i got no change at all, no beeping either. i was told this leads to a mb or cpu problem I cleaned the RAM with an eraser and nothing changed, small trick someone suggested I took the fan off the cpu and started the computer for 5 seconds, the cpu began to heat up as normal. i was told this means my cpu is fine. So i'm lead to believe my motherboard is just broken. Because its a dell system i doubt i can just buy a new retail motherboard and make it work. I'm not even sure if Dell themselves will sell me a new motherboard and frankly i'm completely tired of problems with this thing, i'll never buy another dell. So with that in mind i was thinking about building a new computer. I know a guy who has built several and will help me. My main concern is that i want to keep Office. If i keep my current hard drive can i keep my current windows/office? The computer will be used for school and games. I play CS and WoW. I want to be able to able to play wow on mostly max settings flawlessly, which this current system does until it died today. For budget i'd like to stay at or below a grand after i completely upgrade this summer. I will keep my monitor and everything so the grand is just the computer itself. I'm expecting to pay ~200-300 for a new motherboard and processor if i can get away with just buying those at the moment. Not sure about AMD vs Intel? What do you think i should do with this situation? Feel free to give me some build suggestion as well.