"As a result, the FSB800Mhz chip will need to severly downclock if it even works."
So if the FSB 800mhz were to downclock would its performance degrade to lower than the p4 3.0ghz at FSB533mhz?
"Unless that MOBO maker specifically guarantees 800FSB support on that Via based board, it may not have a downclock option."
How would i be able to find out if it does? "http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=P4V88" here's the site of my motherboard's specs.
"The real question is how much should you spend on upgrading old technology before a new build is in order?"
Well Since I'm not really a heavy gamer, I don't feel the need to make a new build. Besides I'm too busy with law school, and I just want to be able to play games when i have the time and not being swamped with readings.