Yes, it finally happened. My Core2Duo build that I created in 2007 finally took a c@%$. This stinks, because I was planning on milking that baby for another decade. The only upgrade I made to it since 2007 was last summer (2014), when I was forced to upgrade to Windows 8.1. So I broke down and purchased that at office depot ($104) along with a 2TB Seagate hard drive (another $104) to "future proof" my purchase so I could "port" the drive/OS into a new build should it become necessary, which now I'm going to have to do. I also bought 2 more gigs of DDR2 RAM last summer ($20), and a cheap soundcard ($20) because Windows 8 did not recognize my old Soundblaster card. So I thought I was getting off cheap. Just about $250 to upgrade my system until we sent humans to Mars. That's what I was hoping. But it only lasted a year...sure enough, there was a catastrophic failure somewhere on the mother board. I thought it was just a power supply issue, an easy $50 fix, but my buddy at the local computer repair store dashed that hope as we were troubleshooting the problem. Just imagine him shaking his head discouragingly from side to side. So now I'm confronted with having to design a new build?! I used to have fun doing this in the old days but it's been 8 years since I've built a computer, and I'm hopelessly lost. Can someone guide me? The big change over the last 8 years is that I almost exclusively use a laptop. I only use the desktop mainly to port data storage from the laptop and to do some light video editing. That's why I was hoping to milk my old build for a few more years, I rarely use the desktop, but I like to have one regardless. In any case, I've been an Intel guy my whole life, but I'm thinking of going AMD on this desktop build because AMD is so much cheaper. I'm hoping someone can recommend a good, inexpensive, "bang for your buck" setup. Here's what I got, I can cannibalize the power supply (430W), the video card, the sound card, and the hard drive/OS. All I really need is a new motherboard, CPU, and DDR3 RAM. The RAM is easy, I can get 8 Gigs for 40 bucks. What I need advice on is the motherboard/CPU. This is what I'm thinking for the CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113286 But I'm not sure about the motherboard, I was thinking this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131872 But I'm not sure about compatibility issues. One thing I want to take advantage of is NVIDIA's 3D vision engine. Are NVIDIA cards compatible with AMD motherboards? I would assume so, but I've never bought an AMD system and have been so out of the loop over the past decade, etc. So I'm hoping to get through this by spending less than $300, which will include the motherboard, CPU, RAM, and a cheap ($30) case. If anyone has any recommendations, please do tell.