Initially i wanted to start an X38 waiting thread but wanted to be more constructive and have a place where people can post the hardware they want or they will buy in the next 1-3 months.
For those who feel the time is right for an upgrade and still cannot come up with the ideal setup, i understand your pain. After the recent price drops and memory prices being relatively low, the fruit is now ripe and people have to make choices. Altough all of the core2 architecture processors offer great performance, newer cpus are now being sold at the prices of last year's celerons. The challenge today if you want to save money is not buying memory that'll be overkill versus your maximum expected fsb. If you use air and have a multi higher than 8 do not expect to get into the 450FSB range unless you have a special cooling solution, why pay for 1066 memory if you're never going to get close to 533fsb... If you are like me and you care about memory bandwidth, you will try to have a high fsb more than base clock speed, you're just going to get to high clock speeds anyway if you crank fsb enough. If you're on a budget, i would get a E4xxx over 21xx series simply cause i dont want to look outdated by having a pentium dual core sticker instead of a core2 duo on my pc case.
Quad core chips are very popular at the moment and more will always be better (on paper). Less informed people tend to forget their true needs and just buy the higher end chips or ones with newer technologies instead of investing on better MB/RAM and upgrading cpu when they drop in price.
For my upgrade I initially wanted to go for a lower end machine like E4300 / Asus P5K, whatever brand DDR2-800 but i started to look into the 6000 series cpus because they have VT and my job requires me to run VMware workstation. After reading some i noticed G0 stepping seemed a desireable option since they have lower TDP and might overclock better.
Now how do i get a G0 chip? If you are not going for a native 1333FSB part, you better ask people around you where to get one.
Now the big surprise! For those who didn't know, Xeon cpu prices are now on par with core2 duo / quad prices. Xeons are based on the same chip than their desktop counterparts.
For my setup I've ordered these parts so far:
OCZ Reaper HPC 8500
Expected FSB 475-500, more if cpu is fsb-tolerent
I am waiting for week 30 for the X38 boards to come out as they have PCIE 2.0 and possibly higher overclocking capabilities according to this link so i will probably end up buying an Abit IX38 QuadGT or similar Asus board. Let's see if i will be able to wait for X38 when i get the cpu in my hands.
Please post at least CPU / MB / RAM, Overclock expectations and method of cooling.