Ok, a little backstory... bought a new mobo and power supply to fit a P4 Prescott and PCI-E vid card. Was hoping to swap out most of my other components, but alas, board gets here today and the processor deal falls through. No biggie, but now I need to do a little system upgrading.
I'm plenty happy with my P4 2.8 Ghz (Northwood I think) system, but the mobo is basically dying. I have a nice PCI-E card here, but havent found jack for mobo's that support a Northwood, SATA, and PCI-E. So I figure I'm basically screwed on that account.
So it's time to bite the preverbial bullet and upgrade, to a certain extent.
Should I just pick up a new P4 Prescott chip and be satisified with it, or should I spend a bit more on an AMD 64 chip? If I go the AMD route, which core to get? NewCastle? ClawHammer? SledgeHammer? Venice? Winchester? I can at least drop my 2Gb of DDR4200 into the AMD system, but I could also upgrade with the P4 and go DDR2...
Whats the deal with the integrated FSB on some of the AMD 64 chips? Good, bad, faster, slower?
I dont need an end all system for the next 3 or 4 years, just something to keep me happily playing the cutting edge games for the next 12-18 months.