I play particularly intense games and demand high framerates. I need every ounce of single threaded CPU power I can get. A Bulldozer maybe perfectly fine, I admit, but it just isn't enough. I am having doubts that the X6 will even be enough, but am gambling on several factors. I am certainly interested in more cores, but I need extra per-clock performance AND better OCing to make it powerful enough for heavy duty video cards. I plan on dual 6970s and my current chip is going to be a bit of a bottleneck. Lower per-clock performance is a step backwards in this case. As far as gaming with a mouse goes, I prefer it by far. Some games are obviously made for joysticks and gamepads which is why I have a rather beefy flight stick and an Xbox 360 controller. Most games nowadays have 360 pad support and the 360 pad is one of the best gamepads ever made. I also highly enjoy a number of detailed flight sims including IL2 Sturmovik, LOMAC, and the DCS series. Sadly my joystick is not a full flight console, so a large number of the more detailed controls are on the keyboard. A mouse itself is miles more precise in FPS games and RTS games than a joypad. Console FPS games normally have aim assist which is usually left out or turned off by default in the PC version. Play CoD or Battlefield with a joypad on PC and you get wasted all day. The accuracy, sensitivity, and response time are all far better. Preferences are a matter of opinion though and I respect your aversion to mouse gaming. Some people just don't like it. I, however, see it as a staple of hardcore PC gaming and a great divider between casual and hardcore.