Just get an IB CPU now, Haswell is only going to net 10-15% better performance over IB and maybe not much at all in games. Even with the new tech in Haswell, it will take a few years for developers to add it in, and by then you can get the latest CPU at that time anyway. And if you are still rocking a Q6600 worrying about a dead socket is a moot point you never moved your rig above the entry level Quad Conroe CPU (775 socket) Get a 660Ti or 7800 series GPU and 16GB of RAM, you be set, throw in a SSD walla! BTW I perfer Gigabyte MB's IMO they are better, and MSI would be my 2nd choice! HTH! Oh an yes Black Friday is only one day, and they have Cyber Monday the day after........ But yeah deals go quick and sell out FAST! SO unless you have that day off to be refreshing like mad F5 keystroking it!!!!!