Ok,I have to reply as i just upgraded from my 1.4 athlon,and went to the darkside Intel. here's what i got.
2.66 overclocked to 3.3 stable as a rock
Gigabyte GA8INXP mobo
2x256 Kingston 2700 HyperX running in dual channel mode.
I have not upgraded anything else.
and my system beats a 3.06 pentium by about 600 points in sisoft sandra bench.
sorry to say it might be the darkside,but i think i'm stayin.
Just my 2 bits.And BTW,I got this stuff for just alittle over 6 bills,
and this was back in febuary.
so it wasn't really that expensive.