OK, so I've got this computer. The board and processor I've got in it are at least a couple years old. Abit NF7-S (quite possibly the best Athlon XP board known to man). Athlon XP 2500+ Barton core, with the FSB clocked up to 400mhz (it's 333 stock). The multiplier is decreased to run the core at close to stock operating frequency so I don't have to run a stupid big fan. ATI Radeon 9800XT. Bought shortly after they came out. Upgraded to a gig of Corsair valueselect PC3200 about 4 months ago. Running dual-channel. ___ Here's the thing. I want to upgrade to 64 bit. The last few games I've bought have run a little on the mediocre side. Most games I can at least get up to a comfortable resolution, but I usually have to turn down the detail and turn off the shadows. I know this is most likely a graphics card limitation, but I'm running into a not so familiar technology gap here. To upgrade my graphics card considerably, I need to move on from AGP. Nobody's making mid or high end cards for AGP now. Meanwhile, nobody is making a Socket A board that has PCI-express. So, I have to upgrade to 64 bit (and socket 939) to get into a board that has PCI-E. I've pretty much decided that the board and processor are going on my christmas list. It would be nice to find a board that's decent that has both PCI-E and AGP so I can use my Radeon for awhile longer. Then, when tax time comes around, I'll use my tax refund to get a PCI-E video card. Does anyone know if such a beast exists? If I can't find one made by a reputable company I can always bite the bullet now instead of later, but then something better is bound to come out in the meantime. I'd really like to get away from ATI entirely. Their catalyst suite has steadily gone downhill for me the last year or so, and I'm just kinda fed up. I want an NForce chipset, an AMD processor, and an Nvidia video card. Moving on. Now that I've bored you all with my drivel, we can get to the meat and potatoes of this topic: Making a hardware selection. What do I want? I've heard good things about the 3X00+ Venice core chips, and they're pretty reasonable on NewEgg. I have no idea what to be looking for in a motherboard nowadays. When I made my last purchase it was all about Abit, but now I keep hearing about DFI? Should I be looking for the Nforce 3 or Nforce 4 chipset? I've been out of the game so long I simply don't know anymore. I've been hearing more about videocards than anything, and I still don't know enough to make a sound decision. Where's the price break at? What should I get that isn't a gratuitous waste of money? ____ I know that several of you around here have either recently upgraded or follow the market, so if you know your shit, PLEASE chime in. In closing, I shop Newegg based on years of good experiences, so if you're going to quote prices, please do so from there. Thanks!