Originally Posted by Drolfrawd
Just my 2 cents , but the 1356 socket is dead in the water, personally i would go AM3 and 6 core Phenom, there's a lot of life in that format.Buldozer will be a long fairly soon , so the upgrade path is taken care of for some time.
Even Sandy bridge seems to be a waste of time unless you are going to chuck the chip into a laptop. What else is the point of an onboard Graphic chip. Anyone with a gaming rig is going to Install a decent graphics card. Amd is my recommendation.
AM3 sockets will not support Bulldozer. Only AM3+ sockets will.
AM3+ sockets will be backwards compatible with AM3 CPU's, but AM3 sockets will not work with AM3+ CPU's.