True that 45nm processors processors will be out in a few months and I definitely know that I will want it, but as in the PC line there will always be something better down the road. And if you are to wait for “that something to come” it will be replaced in a matter of time too. What’s more with Intel price cuts to current processors, current Intel 65nm processors are going dirt cheap now- my targeted Quad core Q6600 with Asus 5PB motherboard going for $715 contrary to $1400 few months ago. With prices dropping further everyday (and Comdex end of this month) I could see my new system being built with the following upgrade hardly over $1500 for hardware:
- Intel Quad Core Q6600 + Asus P5B Premium Mobo
- Geforce 8800GTS 320MB
- 4GB Patriot Ram (4x1GB)
- Additonal 500GB Hitachi SATA Harddisk (Bringing to 1TB in total)
- Logitech G9 Laser Mouse
That should be more than enough for Quake wars, Unreal Tournament III and Starcraft II. The only thing I worry now is whether my Antec Truepower 480W can support the wattage for QuadCore Systems.
OS-wise I will be opt-ing for Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit with service pack one when it comes out very soon, contrary to the 64-bit I shortlisted before. Theoretically, 64-bit is better technologically, not only bit-wise, but after some research I believe that the effective lifespan of Vista won’t see the light of 64-bit being even implemented so soon. Furthermore with the given the problems of drivers signing, etc. For 64-bit, the safe bet will be the successor of Vista itself which we will see in about 5+ years time (where my next hardware upgrade will also be scheduled).