Whenever a topic like this or AMD/ATI vs Nvidia is started, geek wars breakout. It is what it is. Gotta sort through the drama and BS that some folks can't seem to help but spewing, but you'll eventually find some good and useful information. Next time, bring some muck boots and a tarp with you when you start one of these threads! LOL! Back when you son suggested going AMD, they were a higher performing option, shortly before Core2 was released. The LGA socket, or Land Grid Array has the pins on the motherboard-side. Pins still bend and are a pain in the arse to straighten at times...but a steady hand, small screwdriver (think eye glass repair kit) and a good magnifying glass makes all the difference. I've been able to fix far more LGA bent pins than CPU-side bent pins. It works, Intel's proven it works well and for a long time and I've come to prefer it.