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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.
Obviously, I was just playing devil's advocate. My whole point: a definite no-brainer upgrade for you might not be a no-brainer for everyone else, hence people posting these threads and asking for opinions. Not everyone uses their system for the same reasons.

Anyways, just wanted to give all of you an update. Since I will be donating my CPU/MB sooner than expected (Father's birthday is coming up next week), I've decided to just get a Phenom x4 840 (i know it's not really a Phenom but it's part of a combo) and an ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO w/4GB of Ripjaws for $210. I just thought it was the most bang for the buck, and I can upgrade the processor and RAM down the road and still have a good rig for at least 7 years. The only part I'm not so sure about is the GPU, since I can't SLI (a huge disappointment). I figure my rig is future-proofed pretty well except for the GPU. Thanks again for the suggestions.
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Just stick with AMD. Its clear that you dont want to spend money and honostly, from the sounds of it, you wont see a difference between going sandy bridge and AMD. Simply because what you have now is more than enough. Sure, you can wait for BD, but then youll be waiting for ever. Now, sandy bridge is best. But its more expensive. You only see difference between the 2 brands in high ends and for low ends, AMD is better. You get bang for the buck.

Stick with AMD, cause SB will only cost you more and you wont use it for full potential. You can wait for BD if you SLI support as it was confirmed that AM3+ will be supporting SLI and CFX

But my vote is for you to go AMD simple because you dont need an enthusiast sandy bridge. Theres probably a lot of AMD deals going around right now too
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I didn't know a month was FOR EVER but wait for Bulldozer.
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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?
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