Of the late, neither I could keep myself abreast fast moving technologies nor I had access Digit reviews /magzines. In the past, digit reviews have been great source for me to estimate the budget and firmup buying decisions. Reviews are carried out in such a way that it has something or other for every class of budget. Testing of 8-10 components from different companies under each catagory is appreciated so that if one is not able to buy the recommended Gold & Silver buys designated by digit, he/she can always cheque the features Vs Test scores & price and settle for 3rd for 4th from top in the list. I have been looking for a processor, Motherboard, 19" wide TFT monitor and Plextor DVD Writer. Budget can be stretched to 30,000. My other requirements are DRR2 support at 533 MHz on wards and PCI-Express slot. Though I am not intrested in SLI or Crossfire motherboards, but if better deals are available, then I may go for such motherboards. Due to my past experiences with brands, I am inclined towards MSI motherboards and [ATI chipset MB for AMD]. I in the past two years, twice I wanted to buy an AMD based systems becuase most of the computer magzines have been recommending this for gamers. My local vendors discouraged me both the time saying, AMD has heating problems and more over after a year or so processor will be almost dead. I did not take his words, he must be Intel fan, but same time I had no other way [because no transparent dearlers of AMD here] but to surrender to Intel. Now again I am at confusion because of so many processors in market. Can someone, suggest me, without any prejudice [either towards Intel Or AMD] that which one I should go far i.e. Intel or AMD and why. Please reason out your decision. Please also compare equivalent models Intel and AMD based on speed, FSB & chache etc. e.g. which model of AMD would be exact equal to Core 2 Duo 1.8 Ghz and so on. I am not overclocking enthusiast. I shall be greatfull, if you could indicate probable prices and online place to buy items. I am based here at Agra, not many things available. I prefer buying from western & southern regions of the country. Please suggest me where can I get Plextor & viewsonics. Please suggest & configure something for me. Immediate response is requested as i don't have much time and do not want to be sucked into bad configuration due to lacks of technical expertise from learned members over here. I shall be very thankful for your kind help !!!!