The most expensive one is the one you want but can't afford.
the one you can afford sucks, so you save money to afford a better one.
When you got the money to afford the better one, it has been phased out, at which point you say SCREW ALL OF THIS and buy and AMD
Does anybody else find all the options of Intel chips really confusing? It doesn't help that they have products with (as TMV pointed out) redundant names like Core 2 duo and on top of that, they go by code names and then shipping names and which is which is beyond me, half the time. Which is Merom? Which is Conroe? Aren't there two Conroe variants? Which one is mobile versus desktop? What is Xeon? Wasn't there a Xenon (with an "N") last generation? I mean Jesus H! (sorry Keystroke).