I sort of disagree. My computer has been really screwed up for almost 5 months now.
It's driving me insane to the point where I want to take a sledge hammer to it.
I was planning on building a new computer anyway, so I used this time to do research and picking out the new parts. I have only a VFD module and soundcard left to pick out. I figure I should have it done by the end of May.
Recently I started reading articles on Cebit etc, about the new motherboards, etc and looking at the pictures. They have a PCI-Express x16 slot instead of a VGA slot for the video card (no problem since I'm getting a new video card), however they have 2 PCI-Express x1 slots and only 3 PCI slots - big problem! I need 5 or 6 PCI slots. Add to that, apart from the new video cards which should be out in April-May, I have not heard of any other card being made for the PCI-Express slots. So what are you going to put into those 2 PCI-Express slots if there are currently no cards for them? I do have PCI cards that I can use immediately so I think that feature is just plain stupid.
Other features: CPU 775 socket - ok since I'm getting a new CPU, but DDR2 ram? No way. I've read info that it is SLOW compared to DDR at the momment with high latencies [ie. DDR-400 is faster then DDR2-400.] As for the BTX formfactor, it requires a new computer case and new power supply. I just got my new case - Lian-Li PC71 which I have already started to mod it. I haven't even heard of any BTX computer cases or BTX power supplies being out yet.
The only new features that are worth it are the 775 socket and the PCI-Express x16 slot. Add to that these are new technologies that require a "breaking in" period to iron out any problems. From other forums that I read, alot of users have said they're going to wait about 1 year before upgrading. Personally, I can't wait, I need a new computer now. So, I'm sticking to the top-of-the-line parts now (875P motherboard, 3.4Ghz P4, GeForce FX5950 ultra, etc.) and use it for the next 1.5 years before I upgrade again to the new technologies which should have all the bugs out by then.
PS. I do buy Maximum PC (for about 3 years now, its the only mag I get regularly every month).