Originally Posted by TMallory
I was just about to ask about the i5's...I didn't know the next-gen chips would use the same sockets/mobos! That changes everything. I might as well get the unlocked i5 quad (better than the Phenom II's, right?) and stick with that for awhile before upgrading to Ivy Bridge.
If its for gaming there is nothing better currently on the market than the i5-2500k when it comes to performance -> price.
Since many current gen games coming out now are still dual threaded, I don't personally
see the point in purchasing a cpu with more than 4 cores/threads. Someday a higher core count might actually matter. But that day isn't today. Nor do I feel it will be anytime within the scope of your next upgrade path.
If you're going for gaming performance in todays market then the i5-2500k offers the best performance. However cpu performance needs to be relative to gpu performance. A single 460 in most titles would perform about the same on a 955 as it would on a i5-2500k, there would be some slight differences however I don't think the price difference of $100 between the two would be justified. In your case most of the time the gpu will be the bottleneck with either chip, however that changes quit rapidly once you start moving up the gpu bracket, the 460 is the highest I would recommend someone use a Phenom II with.
What I'm saying is if you plan to keep the 460 until your next cpu upgrade a 955 will work great for you. If you're planning to go SLI or get a single higher end gpu or upgrade to 600/7000 series later this year then the i5-2500k is the way to go.
If you're a gamer stay away from the eight core bulldozer chip if you're going that route, extra cores don't provide extra performance if they aren't used. People will say silly things like "future proof" when it comes to CPUs, and the truth is none really are. They said the same thing about Thuban, and most people who bought those less than a year ago can't stop wishing for bulldozer.Edited by BallaTheFeared - 6/7/11 at 1:28pm