Some people go all out. I'm assuming that's for games that will come in the future, eh ?? But the main power lies in the Video Card, does it not ?? So, a Core 2 Duo should probably be perfect for at least 4 more years, eh ?? I currently have a Pentium 4 3GHz, AGP, DDR1 memory. I've been thinking about spending $100 for a Radeon 3850 for my AGP slot (the best AGP card). But I figure that's too much. I might as well go for the gold. I'm in need of a major update anyhow. If not the processor, then the AGP motherboard. Probably next year, when the new PCI-E and USB 3.0 specifications come out, I will probably go with the i7 920, PCI-E 3.0, DDR3. The last few days, I've been reading a lot about overclocking. I've never built my own PC, and I've never overclocked. This ought to be interesting. Hopefully there is an i7 price drop when the Core i9 comes out next year.