Originally Posted by Lou3824
You left out the most important piece of information... What will you use the rig for mostly? Both 2011 and 1155 will last for the next few years with ease. Sure, Haswell and Skylake (is that the name... I'm not sure) will come out and be better than IB and SB-E. However, they certainly won't render IB or SB-E obsolete by any stretch of the imagination. To make the right decision, it comes down to what you do with your rig. 2011 is the best of the best, without question. However, whether you really need it or not is the question. 2011 is not cheap, uses more power and generates more heat. What good is having those extra cores if you'll never use them?
Didn't want to mention it as I figured the response would be "i5 2500k or bust" as I tend to see everywhere, but I will be doing primarily heavy gaming with multiplayer and games that benefit from lots of CPU power (Supreme Commander, GTA IV, Alan Wake, possibly BF3, to name a few) while having things running in the background. As well as some video and BluRay encoding.
Right now I'm leaning towards the 3930k setup, because I can't ignore that Ivy Bridge-E is coming and the octocore CPUs it will bring, along with the quad channel memory which should prove valuable when running a RamCache. But at the same time the 3770k will use significantly less power and produce less heat, which means I'll be able to run the fans on the radiator slower. ARGH I CAN'T DECIDE!