Uh huh. quadfire helps Photoshop performance ? Secret bitcoin miner ? looking for E.T. ? Hey!, You should have said something- I'd never had guessed Unless you're planning of using TrueCrypt and a handful of other favourable apps., a 2600K will get you there faster and cooler -As would a FirePro card or two. Just sayin'. I'm thinking you aren't the only one in that particular boat. Cutting and running (esp. with a pricey mobo) would be rather expensive. Yup.....barely I'm not. But don't forget that I have an eidetic memory Point 4 I see as the main reason for going BD...and that's less a choice than being backed into a course of action by some less than scupulous "leaks", forum posts, "white papers", slide decks and AMD presentations...and that is the crux of matter as far as I'm concerned. BD in of itself is not a complete fail by any means -although it fails in every reasonable metric I would value as an "upgrade"- it's the manipulation and deceit that has boxed a fairly sizeable percentage of enthusiasts into either 1. No upgrade path, or 2. An upgrade path which is barely worthy of the name....unless you of the opinion that AMD only just very suddenly realized that the CPU's weren't where they should be performance wise. How long exactly have AMD known that the CPU wasn't going to meet performance estimates- six months? a year ? AMD have had BD in house for at least a year, and I've never seen any financial conference call, blog, post or announcement from AMD guiding performance down, if anything they've been talking the performance up - a large chunk of their review slide deck has it beating an Intel hexcore ffs.