Re: Intel Nehalem & Future CPU Questions.
I love Intel's fancy "Quickpath interconnect" name. It's actually just a copy of AMD's Hypertransport. As the FSB is replaced. The idividual cores will no longer have to go through the FSB to communicate with each other, or, thanks to the integrates memory control (Yet another thing Intel will be copying AMD on), the Nehalems will no longer have to go through the North bridge to communicate with the memory. All this makes latencies lower and an overall more efficient processor. Whether it will provide a huge leap in performance, that we have yet to find out. I think that if you can cope with what you have now, then you should wait for the Nehalems and the 45nm Phenoms. Or another option is to build a cheaper system to last until the new CPUs. Something like a 4000+ X2, 2GB of DDR2 800MHz and an 8800GS/HD 3850 or 70 or a 9600GT.
AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE @ 4.0GHz + TU120E lapped - MSI 770-CD45 AM3 - 2x2GB OCZ DDR3 1333MHz - Sapphire HD 4870 - Samsung Spinpoint 500GB 7200RPM 16MB cache HDD - Tagan TG600-BZ Piperock - (Currently open test bed) - Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit.