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My system is quite old and I am planning to do a rebuilt in the coming month(s).

Current specs:

E6600 Conroe @ 3.2ghz
Asus p5n32e-sli plus
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Asus 5850 Direct cu
4x2gb DDR2-800 generic crucial ram

Not gonna upgrade my HDD(unless I go ssd), and I plan to keep my pci soundcard if possible.

At this point in gaming, my awesome E6600, which I have had since 2007, is finally holding me back. In many new games the cpu usage is in the high 90-100%. For example, it is holding back my 5850 in BF3 as cpu usage is at 100% and I have to run the majority of settings on low with a few medium and I still get mediocre fps.

Anyways, I know haswell will be dropping soon and it looks very promising. But I have never owned and AMD rig and thought it would be neat to change it up. But I heard that the drop date for that is at the end of the year/2014 ish.

Should I just go with haswell? I would like to see what steamroller can do, but its hard when a release date is not known.

My plans were to get an i5-K series haswell or the highest end steamroller(assuming it is priced similar to the AMD FX-8350 Vishera
Edited by timaishu - 5/13/13 at 8:48pm
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normally it's not very useful to wait for the next technology, but man, you already waited like 6 years i guess you can wait 1 more:p
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I believe that you'd likely be better served getting the Haswell-based i5-4670K + a suitable Z87-chipset motherboard.

Even if Steamroller is everything that AMD is hoping for it to be, it'll still be behind the current Ivy Bridge platform in terms of gaming performance.
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I would wait for it. Bulldozer wasn't exactly as good as it was hyped up to be. AMD has a chance to redeem themselves with Bulldozer, and it be a shame if they didn't.
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If you can wait yes, why not it will be newer and ocource have its perks over the current, if you cant wait, than there is no reson too, there are great choices out there now at great prices. And if your biggest concerns are gameing, you would love and have no probs with the current AMD chips, but if intel suites you better so be it.
But AMD is not at all as bad as SOME people would want you to believe-lol, nothing I cant do at all with my 965-8150 or 8350 systems. Its more than just a cpu that makes a rig;)
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Forgot to mention that whatever I get, I will keep for at least 5 years. I actually had planned to keep my e6600 till around 2015, but it began to suddenly hold me back with recent releases. So it needs to have staying power.
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If you got the dough, and want it to last, get the 4770k or some lga 2011 cpu. Tell us a budget, and someone is bound to give you something amazing with great staying power.
    
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Any of the new ones will last, but I do know AMD puts out more mobos that can be upgraded per cpu than intel, but like I said intel will last too.

For instance-the new steam roller I do believe will fit into most am3+ boards atleast that's the last I knew.
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If you got the dough, and want it to last, get the 4770k or some lga 2011 cpu. Tell us a budget, and someone is bound to give you something amazing with great staying power.

I don't have any budget in mind really. My plan was to get the cpu with one paycheck check. The the mobo with the next check. PSU, ram, etc.

Was going to buy it all slowly so I can continue adding to my savings without blowing a ton of money at once. I wouldn't mind spending the extra cash for the i7K series. Only thing I wont upgrade is my HDD, gpu and soundcard(unless whatever mobo I guess has no pci slots.)
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Any of the new ones will last, but I do know AMD puts out more mobos that can be upgraded per cpu than intel, but like I said intel will last too.

For instance-the new steam roller I do believe will fit into most am3+ boards atleast that's the last I knew.

True enough, but remember that Haswell is the first Socket 1150 chip. Assuming that Intel follows their recent socket patterns, there should be exactly one future generation (the 14nm "Broadwell") that will be compatible with it.

Since no one really knows for certain if Excavator (Steamroller's purported successor) will be on Socket AM3+ or not, holding out for Steamroller may well cause you to have less upgrade capacity for it than Haswell.
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