I started the preliminary research today. At this moment the only knowledge I have is that I want to go with an AMD processor because of what I have heard about the performance and the good price. So, this will start me off on my motherboard and processor research. I want to go with the top of the line processor and motherboard so that this computer will last me a while before I need to upgrade it. There are many motherboards out there for AMD processors, so the research may take a while. I will start researching the processor.