I have worked at Local PC shop that built, repaired, upgraded & troubleshooted PCs for a couple years. While I was employed there we sold 99% Intel machines. Question #1 We where an Intel Premium Distributor (I think that is what we where called), which gave us some pricing discounts and such. While I employed there we rarely had any intel hardware failure with either the chips or mobos - but Intel offered a 3 year warranty with the option of advanced replacement for any Intel product. I was curious if the new mother boards are actually made by Intel as well as if the same warranty would apply? Question #2 I am aware of the Intel road map in regards to there processor line up, but I have not been able to obtain any information on the ZIFF socket type of either the Intel Duo or the Merom chips that are being offered/soon to be offered from intel. I was curious if there will be any sort of upgrade path available with the new Intel Duo machines? Will working at the local PC shop we had some upgrade options with most mother boards - Eg.) When the original P4 came out they were 400MHz bus then 533Mhz, then hyper-threading, exc., exc. these chips could be simply dropped into any board that had a supporting chipset because they where all used the same ZIFF connector up until the most recent P4s. I have not worked on a PCs for almost a year and I am a little out of touch but was just wondering if we will have the same potential upgrade paths as PC user have had for years with the ability to upgrade processors.