Maybe dated maybe not? I think the new AMD line is great but, it's in its infancy stage also PCI-E. I don't how long it will take for a good 64bit (affordable) operating to come out from Microsoft or when PCI-E components will become mainstream it all looks good for the future as for right now the new technology is way too much money. I might upgrade my processor to a Sempron if the stats look good and wait a year or so for the prices to fall and the bugs of running in a 64bit environment to be ironed out.
I agree with you totally, too much change too soon. I dont expect to jump into DDR2, PCI-E for another two years. The way i see it, they need to optimize all these new "enhancements" in software before i make that huge upgrade. I honestly think that my next major upgrade will be the dual core proc about 3 years from now.
The nice thing about A64 is that the 2800+ can still beat the 3.2 P4 in gaming, yet you still have the "chance" of at least 5- 15%(???) increase in a true 64 bit environment. 64 computing will see its day in the sun, Intel confirmed it by reverse engineering A64 technology saying they will eventually switch over to 64 bit software. Looks very promising.
On a side note im selling a 754 CPU/MB combo and 74GB raptor in the marketplace, in hopes of having cash enough for a 3500+. i dont think its a major upgrade because im not getting PCI-E or DDR2.
P.S. - everyone please early adopt DDR2 and PCI-E right now so I can afford it when im ready to upgrade.