Im not sure if anyone looked at the retailer you have to deal with here.
Also, there is no used market. there is no amazon, or craigs list or any of that. There is essentially one major store that I linked.
If you look through it, they are still catering to agp clientele . Old. real old,
So waiting for sandbridge to become mainstream is not happening.
This is a machine he wants to have within a month.
Perhaps i should have said it like this. Is it likely that one would not be able to find a socket 775 cpu in 18 months? Honestly , I see no reason why he shouldnt order the 5200. Its a bad ass chip thats dirt cheap. The reason I ask the question , is in the unlikely event the chip fries or something.
It looks to me that even if he got an i5, its a different socket for sandy bridge so an i5 isnt exactly future proof either?
iow, are there plans to remove socket 775 from the market place in the near future?