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Should I buy an 1155 setup now? Or should I wait?

Poll Results: What should I do?

 
  • 8% (1)
    Buy i5-2500K/P67 setup now
  • 16% (2)
    Wait for the Z68 chipset
  • 33% (4)
    Wait for LGA 2011 to come out
  • 25% (3)
    Wait for Bulldozer to come out
  • 16% (2)
    Wait until something in my sig rig breaks
12 Total Votes  
post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 
I'm in need of an upgrade (motherboard, CPU, and RAM) in the near future, but I'm not sure whether I should go Intel or AMD for a more long-term build.

On the one hand, I'm interested in an i5-2500K (which easily overclocks past 4 GHz on air or so I hear.) Motherboards supporting this CPU come with UEFI, among other things, which is a definite bonus with GPT disks as well as disks over 2TB.

On the other hand, AMD Bulldozer is coming out later this summer. I don't feel like getting an 8-core yet (currently using 2 cores )

The biggest deal here is future upgradeability on the motherboard. USB 3 and SATA 6Gb/s are a must, as is support for 32 GB of RAM, and I'd very much like EFI/UEFI firmware instead of a BIOS, again for future-proofing. I've found plenty of 1155 P67 boards like that, but I'm not sure if Intel's next CPU offerings will be compatible.

My budget is around $500 for the motherboard, CPU, and 8 GB of RAM. This won't be used for serious gaming, but I do want something fast. I can wait until holiday 2011 but I'd prefer something sooner.
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post #2 of 4
I would say wait for Ivy bridge at the end of the year. Intel claims it will put them 3 years ahead of AMD. I'm an AMD fan, but I'm starting to question their progress, Intel is pwning them at the moment. Unless, "AMD pulls something amazing out of their arse", Intel is the way to go for the next few years I believe. I've also seen i5-2500Ks go to 5.5Ghz on water, so I cant even imagine what Ivy bridge could do.

-EDIT- Like your cpu at the moment =P I've had good luck with mine for about 5 years, but it's time to upgrade.
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post #3 of 4
You should definitely wait since both Intel and AMD are having something powerful in their labs ready to be mass-produced: Sandy bridge E and Bulldozer. It's not fun to wait but this is rather a bad time to build a long-term rig.
    
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post #4 of 4
Thread Starter 
I heard that P67 will be compatible with Ivy Bridge (they're the same socket)... but then I also hear otherwise. Which is it?

EDIT: Here it is: http://www.overclock.net/hardware-ne...e-panther.html
Edited by nookkin - 5/9/11 at 9:28pm
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