Hello all, and HAPPY 4th of JULY! I'm a frequent reader, but infrequent poster who couldn't find what I want with search like normal. I have been running this P4 2.4 GHz for 2-3 years now and am thinking it's time to upgrade. But I have not paid attention to processor technology in that time. Seems like I can upgrade to a P4 3.0 GHz Prescott and a new heatsink, or I can replace the board and go to a Core 2 Duo or similar non-intel chip. I have an ASUS P4S800 MB currently with 1.5 Gb ram, NVidia GeForce 7600 GS. I am not a hardcore gamer, but like good performance playing Civ 4 or whatever first person shooter I am into. My current setup isn't terribly slow, and it will do most everything, but I am noticing that new games are requiring so much that my P4 2.4 is near the "minimum requirement". So here's my question: Where are the best sources of information to help my decide whether to spend a little or a lot? I want to learn about the new intel processors, non-intels, and how they would compare to a simple Prescott upgrade. Open to advice on other things to consider as well. Thanks for reading and chiming in if you have ideas.