Intel's new Northwood core is here. It has 512 L2 on board cache compared to the older P4 which had only 256 L2 on board. The P4 1.6a (notice the "a") costs around $150.00. The amazing thing is it overclocks with a slight bump in the FSB to a P4 2.2Ghz and beyond with the stock heat sink and fan. UPDATE! 3/4/02 The 645 chipset is not yet ready for prime time as far as pro audio goes,(thanks to our fav guinea pig doin the testing) go for the INTEL CHIPSET solution and see the post"AND THE WINNER IS"! Now the ASUS P4S333 SIS645 motherboard goes for around $100.00 and has greatly improved PCI bandwidth. It uses DDR ram. So for $250.00 you can have motherboard and proccesor up to 2.2Ghz, rock solid with the fastest floating point performance. And forget about dual cpu motherboards, its been proven time and again that money spent on a faster single cpu will outperform a dual. Even dual optimized software doesn't utilize both cpus all the time. Tommy P.