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Finally I sale my two year old i7 machine and got some extra cash and space for upgrading. I cannot decide between AM3+ platform (waiting for bulldozer) and LGA1155 (2600K for now and waiting for ivy-bridge).

Please advice me your options which one to choose and the reason:)

In either case I will go for top motherboards. I want to get top performance, overclock-ability and to be future proof for at least 1-2 years.

I will appreciate any suggestions.
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Well, in unreleased benchmarks, the highest end Bulldozer CPU coming out beats the i7 2600k. BUT these are just rumors, and probably nothing more. AMD or just a high-end Sandy Bridge is your best bet for being future proof as far as upgrade-ability and dollar/performance, but Intel consistently comes up on top. AMD unlocks most of their CPUs while Intel has their special unlocked line of processors for overclocking. If you're a fairly wealthy person or have a larger-than-average budget, I would choose Intel. I chose an AM3+ mobo just for the sake of not having to pay for both a new mobo AND CPU when a new line comes out. Intel has no backwards socket compatibility, and that's a no-no for me. My opinion and advice: Intel if you have the money, AMD for value. If anything, AMD's new BD CPUs may just surprise everyone. Hope this helped. biggrin.gif
    
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Originally Posted by X-Country Dude96;14680190 
I chose an AM3+ mobo just for the sake of not having to pay for both a new mobo AND CPU when a new line comes out. Intel has no backwards socket compatibility, and that's a no-no for me.

Thanks a lot for your input! smile.gif Well I'm a little confused. According to the information I seen, AMx series socket is coming to the end of life, with bulldozer being the last batch of compatible processors. On the other hand, LGA 1155 could be compatible with ivy bridge CPUs coming in 2012. So in fact LGA1155 is more future proof. Do I miss something here?
I'm a bit inclined to bulldozer, but I don't want to be disappointed if bulldozer is just on-par with 2600K.
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i would go for the 2600k personaly as stated above ivy will run on the same socket,(not all boards though) best to get a board that will only need a bios update to use ivy and the pci-3 on it, but in saying this there is nothing wrong with amd they ake solide little cpus and for the price you pay are great imo, even if u get a 990fx board a half decent chip for now and wait for bulldozer you wont be losing much
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Intel and AMD are like a 70' Chevelle and a Honda Civic, the muscle will prevail. AMD's are quick and snappy but just cant hang with sheer muscle. Go with Intel thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by foxrena;14679994 
Finally I sale my two year old i7 machine and got some extra cash and space for upgrading. I cannot decide between AM3+ platform (waiting for bulldozer) and LGA1155 (2600K for now and waiting for ivy-bridge).

Please advice me your options which one to choose and the reason:)

In either case I will go for top motherboards. I want to get top performance, overclock-ability and to be future proof for at least 1-2 years.

I will appreciate any suggestions.

You could wait another month until Bulldozer is released and then post up again.

Honestly the 2600K will be fast for the next two years at the very least. I'd go with this chip since we don't know that much about bulldozer except it should be a 8 core cpu.

Also more cores isn't going to do much unless you encode, fold ect.

I vote 2500K just for gaming purposes and light encoding work, or the 2600K for gaming and everything else too.
    
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As an editor, gamer and folder. I will be getting AMD's BD series 8 core CPU's and most likely overclocking them.

Edit:
And it looks like some people have been living under a rock for the past couple months.
post #8 of 24
Wait for bulldozer and SB-E.

With SB-E you will have better processors and the 2500/2600k will go down in price probably too.

Its a waiting game. But with just a few months before release, you might as well wait
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i would go for the 2600k personaly as stated above ivy will run on the same socket,(not all boards though) best to get a board that will only need a bios update to use ivy and the pci-3 on it, but in saying this there is nothing wrong with amd they ake solide little cpus and for the price you pay are great imo, even if u get a 990fx board a half decent chip for now and wait for bulldozer you wont be losing much
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Intel and AMD are like a 70' Chevelle and a Honda Civic, the muscle will prevail. AMD's are quick and snappy but just cant hang with sheer muscle. Go with Intel thumb.gif

Thanks guys, I think both ways are good that's it's so hard for me to decide. I will do more research on both platform motherboards. I'm considering cooling too. I want a large clearance around the CPU area for placing customized cooling blocks. But that's a later plan...

Could you recommend a Z68 motherboard?
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Originally Posted by foxrena;14680577 
Thanks a lot for your input! smile.gif Well I'm a little confused. According to the information I seen, AMx series socket is coming to the end of life, with bulldozer being the last batch of compatible processors. On the other hand, LGA 1155 could be compatible with ivy bridge CPUs coming in 2012. So in fact LGA1155 is more future proof. Do I miss something here?
I'm a bit inclined to bulldozer, but I don't want to be disappointed if bulldozer is just on-par with 2600K.

Well, I meant as far as BD. I'd have to upgrade my mobo after BD. It's just I mean I can skip out on a new motherboard every two generations of AMD Processors(since AMD has been doing that and hopefully continues). But like everyone else.. I agree Intel wink.gif EDIT: Oh, and Ivy-Bridge will be sticking with LGA1155. THANK GOD. smile.gif.. so yes Intel DEFINITELY. 2nd EDIT: Though several websites state that a new board will still be needed frown.gif
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