My current PC (P4 2.0GHZ,768MB RAM & Zebronics 7300GT 512MB AGP GFX Card) is showing up its age now. Programs run slower while encoding requires me to wait for a huge time. HD videos skip on frames while Carbide.UI runs sluggish. I'm currently in the process of saving funds & hope to get a new PC by new year i.e. 2010 or in mids of 2010. As of now, I have fixed a budget of Rs.40K. What config should I go for considering atleast some amount of futureproofing? My friend recently purchased a C2Q Q8200 with 4GB ram but I was not happy with the performance it offered being a Quad Core Proccy. I think Q8200 is a low-end Quad Core. Then another friend got a C2D E8400 with 2GB Ram which I feel was good but now I think C2D is also somewhat ancient. Had been doing rounds of Tech forums & found many suggesting the Phenoms to folks who have a budget of around 40K(Barring Monitor). Being an Intel user, I'm a bit skeptical about going for AMD. So after a long thought, I have decided to go for i7 rig but as of now the prices are very high & getting a i7 rig within 40K is impossible. Then Intel is set to launch i3 & i5 processors as replacement for the current C2D & C2Q. Will the performance be similar to the current C2D & C2Q or they promise to offer more? I'm now utterly confused about upgradation? When should I do it? What should I go for? I' ll be using this PC for encoding videos, editing photos & the regular stuff. I will game once in a blue-moon.