Need help deciding on a CPU for a new comp!

Ok I just heard that the P4 3.06Ghz with HT and 800mhz FBS will be coming out on 2nd quarter of April. Then the 2.4Ghz, 2.6Ghz, 2.8Ghz with HT and 800mhz FBS will come out like around a month later. I'll be getting my new computer at June, which should I shoot for? I used to be drooling over the 3.06Ghz because it's the only one that have HT and 800mhz FSB, now I'm not sure which CPU I should go for. Can anyone give me any advice?
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  1. Unless you have money that you would like to throw away or absolutely need the top of the line, don't buy the fastest one. If you upgrade regularly, work out the best price performance ratio (also consider whether you will overclock, which will change the ratio) and buy that processor.
  2. 800 FSB will be April or May. The last Northwood will be 3.2 Gig with 800 FSB That should bring the price down on 3.06 Around $400.00 price range.
  3. I think it was Tomshardware that showed an overclock to 800 MHz. With that FSB, the overclocked 2.26 GHz P4 outperformed the 3.06 MHz P4 with 533 mhz FSB. So it looks like Canterwood with a 800 MHz FSB P4 would be extremely fast.
  4. Whoa thanks :) If it's in the $400 range then I can afford a bigger HDD, probably a WD 160GB or a Radeon 9800 Pro 256MB instead of 128 MB :)
  5. I might buy 3.06 if price around $400.00 Plus with Canterwood MOBO 800 FSB OC What are we looking at 4-5 GIG WOW!!!!!
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