Hi guys. First a small history about me. I tend to upgrade computers once every 5 or so years, and this is especially true for motherboards and CPU. I occasionally do the odd graphic card or HDD upgrade within the 5 years, but not always, however, CPU, motherboard and ram never get upgraded (mainly because by the time I need to upgrade the ram, a new version is out and the compatible ram is 3 times as expensive - take DDR2 for example) You can see my current computer specs on the left under my profile. I bought it in 2007. It was an upgrade for my old computer which I bought in 2002. Also, with the console market, I really don't think the need for upgrade is that strong anymore (this computer I currently have can play most games at full settings - World of Tanks, Amnesia, Dota 2, F1 2011, Railworks 3, Guild Wars 2). So please take that maybe in consideration. Another fact about me, I usually like to buy close to the best on the market, as long as the price is decent. I never go for the top tier since that is most expensive and mostly I don't need it. But I do like to hunt for 2nd, or maybe 3rd tier (ex: get a 7950 if the price is right, or whatever comes after that. But I wouldn't get a 7970, unless there is a hot deal) Anyway, here is the following I am looking for: For CPU: I am looking for the best bang for the buck when it comes to games. I don't do video or audio processing much, and when I do, I don't mind waiting a bit longer if that means saving me a few hundred bucks. I do want a 8 core CPU tho (for futureproof). My current CPU is only 2 core, so my thinking 8 cores will come in handy. Not sure if I should go with AMD or Intel. Before, I did told myself I should go with AMD, since I notice all of their CPU's are very cheap, compared to Intel, and from what I understood, they are pretty much equal in gaming performance. The Bulldozer 8 core is only 200$! Yea, it's not cutting edge as everybody expected it to be, but 8 cores at 3,6 GHZ for only 200$? Wouldn't that be a great choice? For Mobo: I am looking for a mobo that maximizes throughput and big bus width. Unfortunately when I look at them on websites, there are no details of said throughput or bus width between CPU, PCI-E, etc. Also I notice most of them are very cheap. What I would like is a motherboard that can be futureproof (I know this is easier with an AMD board, since most of their CPU's use the same socket - IF - I decide to ever upgrade the CPU). I do not need more than 2 PCI-E slots. I don't think I will CF/SLI, I never did, but again, I like to have the option. Not sure if I would be sticking with AMD video card, so a board that does both CF/SLI would be nicer, or so I would think. It should also have the ability to support at least 32GB RAM. Also, not sure about the PCI-E 3.0, Is it already out? For RAM: I would really like 32GB. But 16GB will do (I don't want to have to be limited by RAM in the future, until I will be buying again a new mobo, CPU, in maybe 5 years from now). Right now I am severely limited by my 2GB, and as I said, the prices for DDR2 and selection is horrible. Hence why I just prefer to upgrade, rather than paying 50$ for another 2GB of DDR2. Not sure what is the best bandwith/timing right now. I seem to recall seeing a set rated at 2133MHZ at CAS 9 (or was it 10?). Would that be a solid performance ram? Again looking for at least 16GB, 4x4, or if I could find a good 32GB, 4x8, at 2133 rating or similiar that would be even better. But I would think that would be too expensive? No idea if just a standard 1600MHZ, CAS9 would be very similiar, and might save me some cash. Anyway, I know this is a wall of text, and hope people won't get bored reading it all. TL;DR: Looking for sugestions on what to buy for CPU/Mobo/RAM. You can link me some store pages, or give ideas. Cheers!