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Is the concept of an upgrade path even relevant for Intel platforms? Or to put it another way, does anybody actually buy an Intel system expecting to be able to make a meaningful CPU upgrade without having to replace the mobo?

As far as I can tell, LGA 1366 was the last Intel platform that had a meaningful upgrade path. Every platform since then (1156, 1155, 2011, and even 1150) has been (or will be, in Haswell's case) essentially a dead-end platform the day it's released...
Edited by Peon - 4/28/13 at 3:42am
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Thats one place where Intel lacks, they only make sockets with about a ~2yr life span. whilst AM3+ is planned to go on for another 2-3+ years, making 5+ in total

Socket 2011 is the only future proof ish socket
     
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Thats one place where Intel lacks, they only make sockets with about a ~2yr life span. whilst AM3+ is planned to go on for another 2-3+ years, making 5+ in total

On top of that, nothing that Intel releases during that ~2 year lifespan will be significantly faster than the top of the line part they released on day 1.
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Socket 2011 is the only future proof ish socket

I'm not so sure about that. Haswell-E will likely be on a different socket, and from what I've heard, Intel's canceled their plans for a Core i7 IB-E CPU with 8 cores, even though the Xeons will have up to 10.

Essentially this means that IB-E will only be marginally faster than SB-E, just as LGA 1155 IB was only marginally faster than SB. Not much of an upgrade path for SB-E owners.
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Something to keep in mind is though Intels sockets are changed more often than Elton Johns wardrobe the actual CPU sat in that socket will often outlive it's AMD competitor. People are still gaming on core2quads from nearly 6 years ago, 6 year old AMD's (Athlon 64/ 1st series Phenom) are nowhere near as viable in this area. So although an AMD socket lives longer you may find yourself spending more dropping in new CPU's than if you went Intel initially.

That said AMD can and do offer good value, I just wouldn't base that value on the ability to spend £180 every year on a drop in upgrade. Buy what suits you now not what you think may suit you based on unknown data in 12 months time
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