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I hear two things, Sandy Bridge E and Ivy Bridge (I think that's the name). I'm looking to go up from my i7 920 and want to know what my options are. I would be looking for no more than £600 for CPU, motherboard, RAM and cooler.

Is it worth looking at SB-E or what? What are the prices due to be like?
post #2 of 7
SB-E will probably be rather expensive compared to current Sandy Bridge prices. I would expect Ivy Bridge to be around where the SB prices currently are.

I would wait until at least Ivy Bridge if I had a i7 920, unless you are just board and want something new to play with.
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Unfortunately, there is nothing that's a HUGE step up from the i7 920 at this moment. Maybe in two more architectures the i7 920 will sort of be mediocre in speed, but as of right now we need most software to catch up to the CPU architectures already available.

Sure, Sandy Bridge-E/IB will be better in some cases, but not enough to warrant the hundreds of pounds you'll be spending to make the switch.

Think of it like with AMD, going from the x4 to the x6 in the Phenom II line... sure the x6 is better in some areas, but for the most part you're still better off with the x4.

Keep your money and invest it into something worth while, like an SSD or GPUs.
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Here you go bud, maybe this'll help:

Sandy Bridge-E and Ivy Bridge Discussion/News thread

IIRC I read somewhere that the chipset alone will be upto 60 or $70 bucks more, that's excluding the cost of the motherboard, however not sure if that is confirmed or a rumour.

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Bleh, sounds like may as well wait to Ivy Bridge then. I don't really do much OC'ing and don't enjoy it at all... so I don't want to play around. Maybe i'll get a 2nd GTX 570 hmm...
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Sorry, one more question. If I want to upgrade, is it worth just getting an i7 2600k (Z68) setup now, skipping SB-E and then upgrading mid way through next year to Ivy Bridge?
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Originally Posted by 98uk;15351107 
Sorry, one more question. If I want to upgrade, is it worth just getting an i7 2600k (Z68) setup now, skipping SB-E and then upgrading mid way through next year to Ivy Bridge?

Not really. By time ivy bridge comes out Intel will have the p77 boards out, and it will probably have a couple features you will want. Also, while z68 is the same socket, and should support Ivy Bridge with a bios update, I don't think that's been guaranteed.

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