Pro Llama said:
The PII 955 is the way to go. With an AM3 board you would have to upgrade your ram but it’s not that expensive. I would suggest against the q9400 because there is not point dropping $200 on a dead socket. For $200 you could get a PII 955 and a cheap AM2+ board.
Is it worth spending (nearly) double the money for a 955 over a 435 or 440? Will I notice the difference? Since they both take the same socket, I figured I could just buy the 435/440 with a new mobo and upgrade in a year or so if I feel like I need to when the 955's price drops.