October 26: This will be the date Vista coupons ought to start becoming available for free or reduced priced upgrades.
We’re not suggesting this is the best way to go, but if a Sixpack of yours absolutely, positively has to have a computer by December 25, this is the least bad option if you know the person’s going to end up with it eventually.
January 2007: Expected time for Intel’s E4300 CPU. If you want a cheapish C2D system anytime soon, this is the CPU you’re going to want
March 2007: DX10-capable video cards that are reasonably priced should start showing up.
We recommend that you might want to wait until around then to buy a DX10 card/DX10 system, even if you plan on buying one of the fire-breathing cards for the following reasons: