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I upgraded the CPU on my computer to a quad-core part several months ago and see no need to upgrade my motherboard or my CPU until 2014 at the earliest. The performance I get from this machine is excellent.

So, Ivy Bridge comes out in 2012, Haswell in 2013, and Broadwell in 2014. That leaves Skylake/Skymont for 2015/2016, if Intel can keep up pace with the manufacturing processes needed for these architectures.

I suppose it is wise for those of us still on LGA775 who are more fiscally-oriented to wait as long as possible (or until our processors suddenly become too slow for the latest games) to upgrade.
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That's essentially a Core 2 Quad Q9450 equivalent, right?

I have toyed with waiting until Haswell myself, and I have a dual core. In my opinion, unless you want to keep up with the latest, for those with the later LGA 775 chips/setups, it wasn't worth all too much moving to Nehalem (especially earlier on when they were still expensive and didn't have as many gains for offer), and that makes Sandy Bridge (and Ivy Bridge) the first that's even worth really looking at.

These chips, especially the dual core variants are getting a bit old, but they still keep up in most cases. With a quad core CPU, I'd say Skylake/Skymont is sort of pushing it, because that's like 2014 or something right? It'd be like using an Athlon X2 (not Athlon II) right now... doable if you want to argue, but so far behind.

I'd look at Haswell or maybe it's tweaked release in Broadwell. Ivy Bridge might be tempting too, and don't forget that AMD might shake things up too, price or performance, it'll make an impact either way. So, maybe you'll find you'll jump before waiting as long.

Either way, Skylake/Skymont is sort of pushing it in my opinion, but, it's doable depending on your uses and opinion of value. Some like making bigger jumps and getting more time from their purchases.
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I think anyone with an LGA775 setup would be wise to move to quad-core from dual-core if they can. I got my X3350 for $140, and sold my old E7200 for $50.

I didn't want to upgrade to Sandy Bridge initially because that would mean my DDR2 RAM would be useless and I would be forced to buy DDR3.

I think this rig is doable until 2014.
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If you're talking about my setup, I have no real pressing need for more than the two cores I got with my uses. Plus, an equivalent quad core LGA 775 CPU will set me back quite bit, plus my motherboard chipset wouldn't overclock it as far.

Therefore, in my case, at the end of the day, no, there's no need to invest more into it. I'm done with it. That being said, it's still performance capable for me now, and will be for a while yet. I love this platform, but I will not invest more into it. I won't sell it either. When I upgrade, I'm holding onto it. I love it that much.
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Why wait? You might be dead in 2015
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i thought we were all dying in 2012... lol
    
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i thought we were all dying in 2012... lol
Not I. I have an underground bunker
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Too bad Intel didnt call it Skynet
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Too bad Intel didnt call it Skynet



Edited by ecnelitsep - 8/13/11 at 6:03am
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