Originally Posted by BiG StroOnZ
If a socket will be dead in 3-4 if not more years, I really don't see how you can get more future proof.
lol... agreed. 1 human year is a lifetime in computer years these days. r&d is getting ridiculous... too fast.
i build systems daily. not just one... usually average around 4. its what i do for work. i also worked for Asus in their phone tech support office for a long time. i like to think that i know some things about the industry. i make the annual pilgrimage to CES every year to meet up with old friends (although i missed this year sadly). from my friends at Biostar, NZXT, and Samsung... etc... i stay in the loop on most events in the business. with all of that said, i can tell you that this is fact. AMD is in a world of **** right now and they don't have a whole lot up their sleeve. there is a new line of video cards slated for later this year. BUT... just take my advice and stick to Intel and nVidia at the moment. wait it out for a year or two. i was an AMD fan boy for the longest time. built many AMD systems for customers. but they have fallen behind in the hardware race.
obviously, there are certain situations that an AMD build would still be fine. i still do AMD builds for elderly people or people just needing a very simple pc to surf the net or watch movies... etc. but if my customer is a gamer on any level i build with Intel and nVidia. from the sound of the original post... i'd say this person does not upgrade very often. that is an important piece of information. if he doesn't have the luxury of dropping a lot of coin then he probably wants the ability to drop a PCI Express 3.0 card in his system in 3 years and have the motherboard that will fully utiliize it. i understand the bandwidth restrictions... blah blah blah. but there is a pretty large difference in a mobo with 2.0 vs 3.0.
take all of this with a grain of salt if you will. just stating my opinion based off current industry news and available hardware.
ALSO NOTE: the Intel i5-3570k
does NOT have hyper threading. so that may be a concern.Edited by LuckyDuck69 - 3/8/13 at 1:38am