Go ahead and get the e8400 only if you already have ddr2 ram. If you need to buy ram, get one of the new clarksdale cpus, which will sell for around $100-200, and use ddr3. If you still need a board for the 8400, I recommend the Msi board. I've had better luck with msi. Newegg should have the clarksdale cpus soon, if you want a newer cpu.