[QUOTE=getit29;2029793]Yep that article made a great read indeed I’m almost tempted to buy a 5000+ Black Edition even though I’m
still running a 939 Opteron 175 system. The only thing holding me back at the moment is I’d have to buy all
new stuff to replace my 939 system (memory,CPU, mobo) guess I could go ahead and buy the CPU now and
the rest of the stuff later and hope the CPU doesn’t come DOA as I wouldn’t be able to test it out right away. [/QUOTE]
You dont buy CPU and leave it there. CPU prices are very volatile. By the time you are ready to get the rest of the other components, there might be a better budget CPU coming out using a new socket and you are pretty much stucked with what you have. You already have the opteron 175, this CPU is not a major upgrade and thus a very bad idea to buy it and leave it there. On the Intel end, there is the E8200 CPU, very good since it is built on the 45nm wafer, supports SSE4 for HD encoding, and it is supper fast. So there is no point of buying this CPU and leave it there.