Originally posted by Beefcake
If your willing to spend big bucks for something that is overkill now why wouldn't you just wait till AM2 socket comes out so you can get one of their beastly CPUs and DDR2 RAM will be supported, not to mention it's upgradablity.
Besides a Opteron 165 can reach those speeds pretty easilly without having to spend $1k+.
The only real advantage the FX series has is it's unlockable multipliers which is useful for overclocking.
I want the dual core (for Photoshop) and the best gaming CPU for this rig as in the future I may not be able to build what I am building now.
One point that people miss is that maybe someone doesn't want to overclock something to the n'th degree just because you can and still wants maximum performance (speed, multitasking, whatever) and besides I choose not to wait for AM2 to be stable as it would be a miracle the first GEN of anything
to be perfect. So since I want to build my computer now and not in 6 months+ I am buying the FX-60.
As far as upgrading goes, I plan on using this comp for 3-4 years or longer. I am not a huge gamer but I do game. My present comp will be 3 years old this summer and still works like a charm. As long as I can run photoshop and such (I'm a graphic designer) and game fairly well (I can get 30-50 frames on Quake 4 with my 9700 pro with acceptable quality) in 2-3 years I will be happy. My previous comp I was getting 100fps in Quake 3 on a Voodoo5 and a AMD Thunderbird 900. It looked good but not top notch. I don't need monster quality to be happy, but this comp I will be able to do that.
My present comp ran me $2000 summer 2003 and this one will run me $4000, so what, it means nothing as long as I am happy, thats all that matters. Will I spend that on a comp in the future, who knows.
I do not need to buy the newest greatest thing that hits the market at the drop of a hat. If I waited to buy the NEXT BIG THING I would have never built my first computer.
I believe you should enjoy what you can afford at the moment. Right now I can afford this. I give anyone credit for building their own rigs at whatever cost. If you want to spend under a $1000 or over $5000 go for it, it's your choice.