My old system: Asus P4T533-c P4 2.4 Ghz 533 FSB Samsung 512 mb RAMBUS 1020 @ 1200 Mhz Geforce 4 Ti 4200 64 mb WD 120 gb, 8mb cache IBM 60 gb. 2mb cache Nec ND-1300A Luna card + 8 channel I/O-box running SFP 3.1c in Windows Xp On the new computer I will keep: Luna card + 8 channel I/O-box running SFP 3.1c in Windows Xp WD 120 gb, 8mb cache Nec ND-1300A As my computer is not meant as a pure DAW I want better perfomance in both games and audio programs. People have told me that it is a bad time for upgrading right now, is this true? I am not sure about the perfomance of ram nowadays but I assume that there is affordable dual DDR memory that can at least match the perfomance of my rambus memory. I also assume that I dont need to pay much for a cpu that will outperform my old one. Are my assumptions correct? Should I buy a AMD or a P4? To be honest; I will probably play more games than music on my computer. What mobos and chipsets do u recommend? My Luna Card is very sensitive and need as much PCI bandwidth as possible. IRQ conflicts are common on some mobos. (Maybe it is the same with all professional soundcards.) Are there mobos available that can be upgraded to support dual core processors? What processors should I buy? What ram? I would prefer having support for PCI-express but maybe that is out of the question as I want a high-end graphics card? Finally, most important is the value for money!