Originally Posted by _GTech
Why upgrade just a CPU, unless you burned one of your components up, then your not upgrading, your simply replacing a part, nevertheless, you may or may not be allowed to reinstall your OS, which blows big time!
I'd rather upgrade to an entire new system, selling off my old, than just change out one part, that's kind of pointless to me...
Using a computer for 1-3 years and getting some of my investment back to move into a newer system though makes a lot of sense...
Right now Intel makes sense, AMD fans can rant and rave all they want, but Intel has AMD beat at most points!
Nevertheless I utterly HATE cheap stuff...
Switching out a CPU does not constitute an OS install, only switching out a motherboard will do so. Furthermore, seeing as there is virtually no performance difference in newer motherboards than older ones, why bother buying a whole new system when the only thing that is really going to change--performance wise--is the CPU? Makes much more sense to keep your older, yet same performing, motherboard and just switch out a CPU. You also certainly don't need to switch out a motherboard when buying a new graphics card, or buying ram. These things will all perform the same whether using an X58 or a Z68 or whether using an 890FX or a 990FX. Heck, the nForce 980a still slightly beats out the 890FX in PCI-E performance and it is many years old.
I'm not disagreeing with you in that Intel makes more sense right now, because it does in most cases, I just thoroughly disagree with you defending having to buy an entirely new system every time you want to upgrade your CPU. That makes no sense to me. Newer =/= better.