Greetings. I thought I knew something about computers - but my research is proving otherwise. I seem to know enough to get more confused. Hope you can help. 2002 Custom built ATX form, Alabatron motherboard w/AMD Athlon XP 1800 CPU. FRIED IT. Thought power source only problem but replacement did not help and then I noticed bulging capacitors. Figure power took out mobo. So that's really all I know. I know I need to buy new board - would like to upgrade to a faster AMD processor if possible - but want to be sure I wouldn't need to upgrade anything else. Certainly need new power supply as well. PROBLEM: I can't figure out what comes WITH a new motherboard. (I am really embarrased.) Does it come with the processor? If not, do I have to get a very specific motherboard to match the processor I want? How do I figure out what motherboard I need to fit my 2 sticks of 256 400 mhz DDR ram, three add-on cd/dvd/cd-r burners, video card, 2.0 USB, etc. Does the motherboard determine what power source I should buy? I SHOULD take this to a professional I know, but am stuck with a wounded ego and hope to make myself feel better by doing it myself. I am comfortable installing hardware pieces, just not comfortable knowing how the big picture all fits together. Would sure appreciate help. Can give all kinds of gory details if they will help. Thanks.