Hi everyone. I'm looking into buying & building a new PC, mainly for gaming & Internet use, but its been 3 years since I last built a PC & I'm slightly out of the loop when it comes to all the latest technologies. I don't want anything top-of-the-line that is going to cost me an extortionate amount of money. I just want a machine that will comfortably play new games at 1024x768 32-bit (and I'm not even that bothered about AA / AF). I prefer to buy mid-range products for the best cost / performance ratio & I want to stick with AMD as I have used AMD systems for years, so I'm not even thinking of Intel. I was considering an ABit AN9 32X Fatal1ty motherboard, but it seems to get mixed reviews. Does anybody on these forums have this motherboard? If so, what experiences (good & bad) have you had with it? I realise that if I dig deep enough, I will find people having problems with any product I research, but I just want a system that is going to be stable & powerful enough for say, Battlefield 2 or F.E.A.R. As a reference, my current system is: - ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe rev.2 - Hercules Radeon 9700 Pro 128MB - Corsair 2x 512MB PC2700 XMS DDR RAM - AMD Athlon XP 2600+ (at 2.09GHz) This was a pretty decent system at the time, but it is a little long in the tooth now. It runs FarCry, Half-Life 2, UT2004, etc at acceptable framerates in 1024x768 32-bit but I want something that will run these games ultra-smoothly. Bearing in mind, I have a lot of experience with both PC software & hardware (I've just been out of the market for a couple of years so haven't really kept up with it), I'll more than likely be able to handle any technical jargon you can throw at me. Does anybody have any suggestions for a decent motherboard as a starter for building this new system? My requirements so far are: - Socket AM2 - PCI-Express - 2x SATA II sockets at least - Up to 4GB DDR2 RAM - 4x rear USB sockets - Built-in LAN (not necessarily wireless but I would consider it) I'm not really too fussed about the sound side of things to be honest, as I only ever use 2 (pretty poor!) speakers or my headphones, so I've no need for 5.1 / 7.1 channel sound, but if its built in then I won't say no. Any help / advice / recommendations any of you can give me would be great. Oh and lastly, sorry for the long post! Thanks!