I'm looking to make a matx gaming rig. Right now I have no computer but i'm not in any huge rush as i'm using my wife's laptop. I don't want to spend a lot, but i'm willing not to go cheap on parts if there is a huge difference. Previously I was running a brisbane x2 3600+ @2.7ghz stock voltage and sold the rig to my brother who's PC burnt out. I'm looking for something to last me 2+ years that will be an upgrade. I don't want to go Nehelm because of the woes that I had of previous early adopting (jumping to 754 vs buying socket A).
I've been an AMD fan but Intels offerings seem a lot better (unless 45nm deneb is good). I'm going with a E8600 CPU but I don't know weather to go DDR2 or DDR3? I've tried doing a lot of research and a lot of people say DDR3 is a waste. However, if I'm looking for long term, would having DDR3 give me a good upgrade option a year down the line when prices drop more and I could get higher speed ram? Would ANY speed of DDR3 benifit the E8600 in terms of overclocking?
Also, after Nehelm, where there be any new CPU's coming out compatable for the p45 chipset or is the E8600 going to be the best?