Originally Posted by jrl1357
how? if i bought an intel then in two years id have to buy another $100 board to upgrade. amd, keep the board, $100 cost avioded
Well you're buying a $50 board now if you go with an i3. It's a whole 'nother level of foolishness to pay $100 for a motherboard with an i3. Buy another $50 board in 2 years - same price w/better or equal gaming performance.
Or buy a $100 board in two years after the $50 board now - $50 extra for superior performance.
Or go with your plan - inferior or equal performance with an option to upgrade to likely inferior performance for the same price.
Paying more now for inferior or equal performance is a poor economic decision. Now if you need a true quad-core on the cheap for non-gaming purposes then sure, the economics changes. But for a gamer, it's foolish to pay extra for equivalent (at best) performance. You pretend like buying an AM3+ board gives you more options. It does not. It limits you to AMD CPUs. Buying a cheaper CPU+mobo setup now gives you $50 more to pursue whatever price/performance options are superior in the future when an upgrade is needed - whether that be AMD or Intel.