As a few of you have gathered I'm in the middle of ordering parts for my new system. As luck would have it I haven't ordered the MoBo or CPU yet, so I'm wondering if it's worthwhile to got with the new Xeon for an extra $30 or so over the Q6600. I really like the fact that it will use less power, that's always a good thing. Are there any other benefits or drawbacks of going with the 45nm Xeon?
the 45nm xeons will run cooler and the clock is higher (I assume you mean the 3320 or the 3350), definitely worth the $. as well, the 45nms seem to be better overclockers. I can tell you more if you specify exactly which you mean.
I was talking about the X3220 which is on for $309.99 at NCIX. I figure as long as I can get to 3GHz on air I will be happy. I'm sure the extra cache on the Xeon will help in the overall performance of the chip.