Originally Posted by bdenpaka
But on a side note OP, I would wait just a few more months to see what Haswell and the 1150 socket brings to the table. You might see the current Intel chips drop in price and that would be a great time to snag one!
just read this about the haswell not good really
The latest news release, courtesy of Fudzilla, has the first Haswell part coming out in June and it's a 2GHz Core i7 running at 35W TDP, the Core i7-4765T. Now the prevailing wisdom is that Haswell will see instructions per clock improve by at most 15%, but more likely 10%, itself a solid achievement - you are free to disagree - given that CPU speed was not Intel's over-arching design goal here; power management and graphics performance were. The 4765T will be married to the GT2 (not GT3) HD4600 GPU which can turbo up to 1.2GHz. Okay, sounds good right? But so what?
There's an Ivy Bridge SKU now that runs at 2.2GHz and 35W TDP with the HD4000, the 3632QM. So, in effect the IPC increase is offset by the lower speed at the same thermal envelope. It doesn't matter that one is a notebook product (3632QM) and one is a desktop product (4765T). 35W TDP is 35W TDP. This is a real red flag to me and these engineering sample benchmarks support this, which show even worse performance than this theoretic comparison. So, the CPU side of Haswell may not be anything to write home about.
think it mite bring down the ivy bridge cpus though would like to get a i7k