Originally Posted by Aortic
I'm currently looking at building a brand new PC from the ground up with a 8350, h100i, and hoping to crank it up to 5ghz. I know the i5 3570k is about the same price, and will out perform it, but I'm looking more to the future with Steamroller. Since vishera is a marginal percent better than the 8150 was, It seems like AMD has learned from their mistakes and are getting better. My primary question is, is it worth it to get a 8350 crank it to 5ghz to match or beat a i5 3570k by a little, and upgrade to Steamroller when it comes out (saving money on a mobo in the future) or get a i5 3570k, and upgrade my mobo and CPU when 2013 chips come out for intel? I'll be running a GTX 680 2gb with it, 8 gigs of ram, and a SSD (to give you a little idea of what my rig will be). Thanks ahead of time.
Let's clarify what the OP is looking for based on what they said they will be using and be done with it.
No 7970's in SLI as was mentioned earlier in one post as a opinion or any other combination, a single GTX 680 is what they stated would be the GPU used so we'd need to focus on that card as a spec for the new build but don't know if they intend to do some GPU tweaking (OC'ing) or just let it run as is. Also with the spec of 8GB's of RAM but don't know if they will be using standard, mid range or high end sticks or even if they will be clocking it high or leaving it close to stock, all of which will make a difference in final results regardless.
Another thing mentioned is whether to stick with the same MB with a newer CPU later or when the newest stuff comes out next year, replace both, the CPU and board they'll be buying now with a new one at that time, obviously adding to the price of the build when that time comes.
Also from what I'm seeing above, the GTX 680 will remain regardless of all else since there was no mention of a GPU change later.
All I can do is state my thoughts here on the subject.
First off, a 8350 should be capable of 5.0 with the mentioned cooler. With the extra cores vs lower models heat could become an issue, esp if on air but the H100 should be able to keep temps tolerable. The 3570K should also run well with it, heat with that chip shoudn't be a problem either so both slate in a doable. Note that the Ivy Bridge CPU's are known to run warmer than the Sandy Bridge CPU's do, so that kinda even things out in the cooling part of this.
I'm also wondering about the OP's ultimate expectation related to how much they want to invest.
I dunno since I'm not sure what the OP's exact expectations are here nor have an idea of their budget. For budget considerations, redoing a build only to redo it again with a new CPU and
board within such a short period of time seems like a waste but again, if the OP is OK with it that's all good. Using the same board and only changing the CPU itself is a cheaper way to go about it and yes, perhaps the $$ not spent on a new board could go towards an even stronger GPU instead later if they want. However consider that the board used will affect it in a few ways, the CHV-Z model being the best overall and the most expensive one to get but even that board is cheaper than some boards for an Intel build.
I can though say with respect to the above for summing it up:
If the OP wants the absolute guaranteed max gaming performance and if $$ is no object, the 3570K way mentioned is the best with all else remaining the same.
If wanting to consider a budget with a limited investment in the build esp for the future, the 8350 now as stated would be best overall with all else also not changing - Unless there are plans to upgrade the GPU or something else later.