Shoot, sorry, Electric_Head! It seemed like you were saying I'd need more than $50 to get any of those components. At least that's how I interpreted it. I love making an ass of myself! Anyway, I'd venture to say that expandability is more important than upgradeability. Don't know if you catch my drift, but... how often do you upgrade CPUs, honestly? Having a motherboard with plenty of expansion slots, RAM slots, and SATA connectors--and a case with as many expansion slots and 3.5" bays--is more important, IMO. Remember when Intel moved NetBurst from Socket 423 to Socket 478, and, finally, to Socket 775, all the while AMD stayed with Socket A? The same thing is happening now, except AMD is the one who's swapping CPU formats. It happens all the time.