Originally Posted by tout
Most people are budget conscious and can't afford constant upgrades to the motherboard and CPU. This is the market that AMD has completely locked down over the years.... buy a nice system for $xxx and if you need more power next year (or two or three) upgrade your CPU.
It's just not that simple as saying the i5 2500k is the best value for gaming. The article is pointless IMO.
Many people just don't need the power that is available on the market, even with gaming, because gaming is a fractured market that means different things to different people. Intel just can't be competitive when it comes to pricing, so sure, maybe SB will have more performance, it comes witha hefty price tag, especially when it uses an oddball socket that will not have any practical upgrade path for the future. Of course, high end gamers will pay for the performance, but the average user that say, wants to play The Sims, doesn't need the power and is not planning on dropping $500 for a video card.
Articles can be pointless because the people that get to write them have access to whatever equipment, without the cash coming out of their pocket. But going strictly by price can be a fallacy as well, because by pricing, Intel beats AMD because they are still peddling their reheats of the antique Pentium stuff.
For any application, it comes down to the requirements, whether it is gaming or CAD or whatever. Like this machine, which was a concession to budget, which lets me do a bunch of tasks and run some of the games I want to run - but it can't do CAD because I didn't have a CAD style budget at the time...
Bulldozer will change the equation, although right now, I am more excited about the new embedded GPUs AMD has brought out.