Originally Posted by patheticcockroach
IMO the i7 920 isn't really worth it due to the expensive mobo that comes with it, for not much of a performance gain. My main hesitation would be with the i5 750, which costs barely more than the P2X4 965 for a decent increase in video encoding (I saw a +20% for DivX, too bad they didn't test the codecs I use...) and something else I forgot, and comparable performance for the rest.
Ok, put it this way, if you have the $/£ to spend then it is worth it.
If you dont have the budget dont buy, simple. If you do, you simply wont regret it for a start my i7 920 at 4ghz no pII can touch in terms of raw performance, not just encoding either, I run multiple vm's and having 8 threads helps a hell of a lot. Not only that but in 3 years time when your pii 965 is obsolete, my i7 will still be able to kick it.
I do have to agree if its just a gaming rig you are after and you dont have the budget then get the pii 965, its a damn good cpu for the $, however I know I can keep this rig for the next 3 years and only have to seriousley think about upgrading my gpu in that time. Also if you are a bench junkie then tri channel ram > dual channel, and in a year the i9 hexacores will be out, of course AMD have a hexacore on the horizon too, though whether it will be just for workstations yet I dont know, and still you dont get the raw performance of the i7/i9 and thats not too mention hyperthreading which does yield a significant performance increase in multi threaded apps/environments