And every few years or so I reach the same empasse.
When it comes to CPUs and motherboards I'm always confused. And let's face it, CPUs and motherboards don't get quite the same coverage as everything else. It seems that when I search for information whatever I find is dated by a year or so, and in this world last month's tech is showing its age.
So here's what I want: a solid gaming rig. I'm getting a Radeon HD 5850, a nice chunk of ram, etc, etc.
What should I look for in the CPU and motherboard departments? Bear in mind that I'm not interested in being on the cutting edge. I can live with a coputer that's three tenth's of a second slower if it saves me $200.
Specific recommendations are welcome, but as the old saying goes, give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he'll sit in a boat all day drinking beer--or something like that. What I'd really like is some advice that will help me pick components today and again in three years when I'm looking to build anew.