do you think an 1800+ will run new games like doom3 well with decent video card? If I shell out $400 for new mobo/cpu/ram now, am I going to be kicking myself next summer when i can get something better for much cheaper?
You should be able to run any game with that setup and a nice video card. THe software companies are not gonna make the games just able to run on high end computers. They wont get any profit. They build the games to run on average computers. I have no idea what standards they use for this but you should be fine.
Next summer there will surely be something better at lower prices, but you just cnt't wait forever because then there will be something better next summer, and better the other...
But yeah, just get a good board and you'll be fine.
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