If I were you I'd go with the AMD 64 3000. It runs for about 230$. I really wouldn't go with much less if you plan on running games like Everquest 2. If you want you could always go with a cheaper, but still quality CPU like the AMD Athlon 3000, or 3200, and overclock it. BTW the Athlon 3000 is about 140$ and the 3200 is 181$. Any more questions let me know!
Windows XP Home
P4 1.6 GHZ
nVIDIA GeForce 2 MX 200
Viewsonic 19" a90F CRT
I have had this rig since December 2001. I'm working on a new gaming machine that will dominate ALL!