Hi there! It's been a while since I've put together my own system so I'm out of touch with what's going on with pricing and options out there, so I'd love some suggestions or input here! I have a store-bought system currently, a VPR Matrix MODEL 2250. It's a 2.2 Ghz processor. I also have 768M Ram. (I messed up my order one time when upgrading to 1 GB and ended up with 768 instead. Hehe- Oops!) I'm not sure how to find out exactly what motherboard this system has, I looked on the VPR website and it simply says that an Intel motherboard was used. It has a soundblaster 5.1 Live! soundcard. My saving grace is my video card, a GeForce 6800 GT OC, which makes most games still function fine on my system, which will carry over to the new upgrade. Anyhow, I am a major gamer and it's long in the tooth now... I'm looking for an affordable processor and/or mobo and definitely more RAM. I either need to keep the mobo I have and upgrade RAM and the processor to a 3.x or get a new mobo and processor. Just something to extend the system another year or two max. If I had a budget of say $400-$500, what would be a good course of action? I saw a nice processor that is a Dual Core for $300, but it said it's a 2.4 Ghz and I'm not sure how games treat that from a specs standpoint- seems like having the dual core would make it work for games that require 3.0 processors. Anyhow, what would be an affordable route to take here? Any ideas are welcome, I just don't have the cash to get a new system.