Prior to reading a few weeks ago about FSX's release (and there were some concerns that MS would kill the FS series after FS9), I was already shopping for building a new system.
After hearing the good news, I decided to hold off. Further, after hearing that FSX would couple well with Windows Vista not unlike FS9 and XP, I really decided to hold off.
The only concern is that Vista will be buggy on release and it may take a while for driver issues on future hardware this fall and maybe into next year to settle down. The last system I built was nearly four years ago with a few minor upgrades inbetween and it has served me well through FS9, but I still cannot max out all the details for decent frames, which was my justification for a new system (along with being able to play newer shooter games at higher settings).
Anybody budgeting right now for the big change this fall? AMD or Intel, it makes no difference to me, just gimmie the best bang for the buck! I was shopping for building an Athlon 64 X2 system until I heard the news. Methinks I'll wait.
-P4 3.0GHz HT o'clocked to 3.2
-2x1GB Samsung PC1066 Rambus
-XFX 6800GT AGP
-250GB WD Caviar SE (primary HD)
-74GB WD Raptor (games only)