Exactly, theyre actually not screwing themselves at all. They want you to buy a cpu now, and another in a year again. They milk it at each little step, like most things it's all
about money, not advancing technology really. Don't think theyre actually releasing the highest technology they've come up with at each step. It's all collusion between these companies, they plan this stuff out many
years in advance.
If not for money, technology would be vastly more advanced than it is now. It actually is quite advanced, but you won't see it until they've made their millions at each little tiny step. They all do it, Nvidia could have released something like the 7800GT years ago, but they would have made a crap load less money that way. They all talk to each other, like "ok, next year when you increase your mobo that tiny bit, we'll increase our gpu a tiny bit" scratching each others backs. It's sad but true. Notice how they won't release a 7800GT agp version? One clue for you, it has nothing
to do with agp 8x not being able to handle a 7800. They want to force you to also spend $500 on a new cpu and mobo, so their intel and mobo buddies get theirs too. Or vice versa if you do buy that new cpu and mobo, you also have to buy a new vid card so their nvidia buddies get theirs. Either way, they all win.
They could have had dual or quad processors many years ago. They'd like you to think they've had some breakthrough with 65nm technology, like they just figured it out or something lol. It's bs, they've known how to do it for quite some time now, but first they had to make you buy a willamette, northwood, then prescott, then 775 prescott (and you did right?
). Then they'll change the socket again, for no other reason than to make you buy a new mobo and probably vid card again, they love scratching each others backs, they all make more money that way.