My sis has had a socket 939 single core Athlon 4000+ setup for about 5 years and it just can't cut it anymore. I had a shop around and found that you can still get Socket 775 mobos brand new. Not a very good board admittedly but here it is: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/msi-...-3gb-s-pcie-(x16)-graphics-on-board-micro-atx i got it for £29.99 in scan's 'today only' sale at the weekend and an arctic cooling Alpine 11 pro for £8 while I was there. Low end 45nm core 2 duo parts are being practically given away, and 4gb of ddr3 can be had for sod all. So I got an E7200 for £22 and 2x2gb Kingston DDR3 1600 for £12 on ebay. Total upgrade cost: £72 but here's the good part; I sold the mobo, ram, and chip from her old rig for £65 (minus fees I'm left with about £50). I didn't cheat anybody out of anything either, that was just the going rate of the stuff on ebay. Admittedly it was quite high-end stuff back in the day (An A8N SLI deluxe and 2x1gb corsair DDR400 CL2 ram) but why anyone would buy that old stuff when you can get the system I've built for a few quid more, I do not know. I'm on the lookout for a video card upgrade, her 8800gs is the weak link now, but I'm thinking even an 8800GT/9800GT/etc would be enough, as I think it's the lack of vram that's the problem. Although she does play skyrim! So anyway I guess the moral is if you are looking for a budget system now's a pretty good time to start looking at old 775 parts. I couldv'e got an E8x00 series processor for not much more, but the motherboard I bought only supports up to 1333MHz FSB, which means I wouldn't be able to overclock an E8x00 chip.