Originally Posted by mootin
Oh and you only need to wait till around november for dx10 cards to appear from nvidia, ati will release around Q1/Q2 2007
Err.. November is like next month
Originally Posted by Blowie
oh quit the bull**** i'm not here to compete one another... why is everybody competing that fight... that is something for the brands but not for the commercial users..... jezus and i don't have the money to get the best there is on the market right now.... if someone has a conroe with 256 MB DDR and i have an 64B 3200+ with 2 GB ddr then mine should run better.. get the point the thing THAT is IMPORTANT is that your rig is perfoming good enough for the games there out now and coming... ffs does everybody want that mclaren F1 cause the ferrari enzo isn't better ?
No need to get all rude an so on. You stated you have a 'huge budget', so anything should be up for grabs then (including McLaren F1 and Enzo). And I am not comparing a Core 2 Duo with 256MBRAM with a 3200+/2GB RAM. If Core 2 Duo is not an option, then just say so (also, a good Core 2 Duo rig with 2GB RAM will cost you less than $1,000). I just mentioned it as a third option, and never said that you 'should get' Core 2 Duo.
Just state your budget then in the future, so we can limit ourselves to what's best within your budget.
My vote goes for AM2, as I stated before. It's known to be forward compatible with AM3 (i.e. AM3 CPUs will fit in AM2 motherboards, but AM2 CPUs will not fit in AM3 motherboard), and thus gives you future upgradability.
Obviously, the most cost-effective upgrade is socket 939, but since you stated 'huge budget', I did not take cost-effectiveness as a high priority.
If cost is high-priority, then get a X2 3800+ with your current rig, and you're all set.