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I'm going to start off by saying that I know futureproofing is BS. I just have an issue!


Anyways - I have decided to invest $1000 into my next custom system. Intel is currently planning socket 1150 and Haswell for a Q2 2013 release - meaning 1155 has very little life left. Meanwhile Intel plans to release Ivy Bridge-E in Q3 of 2013 ON socket 2011 and plans backwards compatibility with the X79 chipset. So wouldn't you say X79 has the most going for it - considering you'll be able to drop a Ivy Bridge-E processor in it at the end of 2013 and expect it to live another year - Q3 of 2014? I'm the kind of person that their system once the next option comes out. I have a hard time keeping a system once it's been "Replaced." I'm also hesitant to go for a AM3+ FX 8350 because of it's lack of PCI-E 3.0 support and potential lack of more socket AM3+ processors in the future. My only issue is - The cheapest Micro ATX X79 system that has the specifications that I want costs $1040 - and that doesn't include an aftermarket cooler.

What are your thoughts??
Edited by M3T4LM4N222 - 9/26/12 at 1:05am
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x79 all the way!!!....i think it's your best option in terms of longevity and upgrade-ability plus you wouldn't of to worry about performance for a good minute...shoot i'm rocking my i7 3820 until ivy-e comes out i'll be saving all my money for that 10 or 8core thumb.gif
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IVB-E CPU will probably be around 1000$. Are you willing to drop that much on it when it gets out in 1-1.5 years ?

I'd go with 1155, platform is so cheap and offers close performance to the current 6-core SB-E right now in many instances.
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IVB-E CPU will probably be around 1000$. Are you willing to drop that much on it when it gets out in 1-1.5 years ?
I'd go with 1155, platform is so cheap and offers close performance to the current 6-core SB-E right now in many instances.

I'm sure the extreme option will be about $1000 - but i'm also sure they'll offer a Ivy Bridge-E processor equivalent too the 3820 for ~$350 as well.
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post #5 of 28
Go for X79 setup !
I paid less for my Core i7 3820 + Gigabyte X79-UD3 than I would for Core i7 3770K & Asus P8Z77WS.
For some reason people think that socket 2011 = getting 3930K every time... that's not the case.

I got the X79 setup and the 3820 with the plans of getting Ivy-E when it's released. I don't see any particular need for a 3930K for my gaming use.
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What will happen is that IB-E will be backwards compatible with X79 like IB is BC with Z68. But what Intel will also do is release a newer, better X89 (or something similar) platform. And you will want that. So if you're that kind of person my best advice is to get what suits you right now. Because whatever comes you will want to upgrade. So don't bother and buy what you want right now.
 
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IVB-E CPU will probably be around 1000$. Are you willing to drop that much on it when it gets out in 1-1.5 years ?
I'd go with 1155, platform is so cheap and offers close performance to the current 6-core SB-E right now in many instances.

The Extreme Ivy Bridge-E will be $1000+ for sure BUT the Ivy Bridge-E equivalent of the 3820 will be around $350 upon release. I can't imagine what the X89 or whatever succeeds X79 will have that will be a major improvement above X79. Full SATA 6GB/s? Full USB 3.0? I'm fine with 4 SATA 6GB/s and 2 USB 3.0. Perhaps Thunderbolt on-all boards. That may be worth an upgrade.
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The best choice?

Depends on the purpose and goals. For the money, the X79 is the biggest waste for 95% of users. An 1155 based i3/i5 system is the sweet spot on the intel side right now. I would call that, "the best choice." Otherwise, for a limited number of users who leverage lots of threads on a routine basis, the 8120 would be the best choice (for the money). Dollar for dollar, I don't see a large enough margin of benefit to i7 CPUs, either on 1155 or 2011 sockets. The price gap is just too large for the performance gain to fall into a category of "best choice" for me or any practical thinking PC builder.

You are already aware of the reality of "future proofing" being a BS concept, so I won't get into it too far. Just going to point out, that there will be value class mainstream motherboards available in a couple years with more modernized buses. The price you pay for todays "high end" motherboard, will be more or less eclipsed by splitting the cost on a decent mobo today, and a decent mobo tomorrow.

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I have a X79 2011 with 3960x and I also have a Z77 1155 with 2700k. Between the two I actually prefer the Z77 1155 platform. It's cheaper and runs smooth as hell. The 6 core 3960x (and the 3930k) is way overkill I've realized after having been using it for 7 months now (unless you're running some serious chit). Go with what you can afford today and worry about next year when it comes.thumb.gif
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Even a Z77 Core i5 system is OVERKILL. My point is - I have a psychological issue. If I where to invest into a Z77 system I won't be able to enjoy it because I know that LGA 1155 will be short-lived and be replaced in a matter of months. While if I went X79/3820 I have a CPU upgrade path in Q3 of 2013. It's just the way my mind thinks.

Lets not forget that a 3770K+ $200 Z77 board is the same price as a 3820 + $219 X79 board.
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