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It's time for a new build, and I wanted to get some info on what socket I should go with. FYI, the new build is because I will be handing down my CPU/MOBO/RAM to my Dad for Father's Day. I actually find my current setup more than enough for my purposes for the next few years (minus the GPU of course). I want to future-proof to some degree, but not at enormous cost. I personally found the AMD Athlon 2 X4 to be more than enough for my personal needs, and getting a Phenom 2 X4 w/high end AM3 mobo only costs $200. So, it appears that AM3 is the best Bang for your Buck. But, obviously, Sandybridge is way better but costs much more. I was also thinking of maybe waiting a month for AM3+ (bulldozer). To sum it up:

AM3= good performance for good price, but no SLI and AM3+ will make it obsolete.

SandyBridge= Great performace for super high price, SLI support and future-proof.

AM3+= not 100% sure as it has not come out yet.

What are your thoughts?
Edited by charlie310 - 5/7/11 at 2:20pm
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post #2 of 14
Wait the month and see what bulldozer brings to the party. If nothing else it may lead to price drops in the earlier generation and theres a bit more flexibility with it as it supports SLI etc.
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SandyBridge= Great performace for super high price, SLI support and future-proof.

Sorry mate, nothing is future proof. Ivy bridge will probably surpass sandy bridge.

a good sandy bridge board costs a lot of money right now. ESP with 2 16x pcie lanes.
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i hope on that ivy bridge they wont lock the BLCK like what they did to some of the i3 and i5... totally BS.
overclocking something old will make it hold its value longer. so make sure u can overclock it.
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You can build a 2500k system (Motherboard and CPU) for around $310.00 USD. You can buy this motherboard for $110. Yes, its not flashy and its not loaded with features, But this board fired up for me on the first push of the power button, and has my 2500k @ 4.5ghz with no problems. Also, I get 116 gflops on IBT w/ AVX so its obviously not lacking in performance. Me personally, i would go this route. I sold my 955 @ 3.8 and bought this system, and even at stock speeds its noticably faster than my 955 was @ 3.8. Hope this has helped you.
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It's time for a new build, and I wanted to get some info on what socket I should go with. FYI, the new build is because I will be handing down my CPU/MOBO/RAM to my Dad for Father's Day. I actually find my current setup more than enough for my purposes for the next few years (minus the GPU of course). I want to future-proof to some degree, but not at enormous cost. I personally found the AMD Athlon 2 X4 to be more than enough for my personal needs, and getting a Phenom 2 X4 w/high end AM3 mobo only costs $200. So, it appears that AM3 is the best Bang for your Buck. But, obviously, Sandybridge is way better but costs much more. I was also thinking of maybe waiting a month for AM3+ (bulldozer). To sum it up:

AM3= good performance for good price, but no SLI and AM3+ will make it obsolete.

SandyBridge= Great performace for super high price, SLI support and future-proof.

AM3+= not 100% sure as it has not come out yet.

What are your thoughts?
I see posts like this all the time and I just don't get it. You can get a 2500K and lower end Mobo in the $300-$350 range. $400 range if you want a better board. Is saving between $100 and $200 really worth the sacrifice in performance on a new rig? Granted, BD might change everything next month, but based on what is available today, a 2500K SB setup is easily the way to go, IMO.
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I would go with intel system and i5 2500k with p67 board. if you live near microcenter, you can get i5 2500k for $195.
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if you dont wait fro BullDozer you will be kicking yourself later.
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Thanks guys. I guess I'll try to wait for BD.

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I see posts like this all the time and I just don't get it. You can get a 2500K and lower end Mobo in the $300-$350 range. $400 range if you want a better board. Is saving between $100 and $200 really worth the sacrifice in performance on a new rig? Granted, BD might change everything next month, but based on what is available today, a 2500K SB setup is easily the way to go, IMO.
I see posts like this all the time and I just don't get it. You can get a Phenom II X4 and lower end Mobo in the $100 range. $200 range if you want a really good board. Is spending $200 more really worth the increase in performance on a new rig? Since I don't do any folding or encoding/decoding, I would hardly be using my CPU at full load. I'm not saying I'm gonna go that route. I'm just saying it's not as clear cut as you make it to be.
Edited by charlie310 - 5/9/11 at 11:14am
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post #10 of 14
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Thanks guys. I guess I'll try to wait for BD.



I see posts like this all the time and I just don't get it. You can get a Phenom II X4 and lower end Mobo in the $100 range. $200 range if you want a really good board. Is spending $200 more really worth the increase in performance on a new rig? Since I don't do any folding or encoding/decoding, I would hardly be using my CPU at full load. I'm not saying I'm gonna go that route. I'm just saying it's not as clear cut as you make it to be.
That's fine. I guess the only thing I have an issue with is that you refer to a SB setup as having a "super high" price. While you state that you don't need the performance of SB, many can and do benefit from it. I certainly don't view the cost of a SB setup as anything even remotely close to being "super high". If you don't need it, then be happy with whatever you pick. To me, an x990 is a super high price. An EVGA SR-2 setup with dual xeons is a SUPER HIGH price. 2500K and 2600Ks are only a fraction of what you will spend on an x990 or an SR-2.

So, was spending the $200 for that extra performance worth it to me? Without a doubt. For you, I guess not. Enjoy your new build.
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