You do realize in his sig rig he has a 2500K right?
So why waste money on Ivy when he could just pick up a new mobo for that chip.
Because there is no 'waste' of money. Besides the fact you can still return your IB+Z77 due to the 30 day return period for no loss, if you buy them at the right place, say MC, you can just buy IB right now ($169+100) and then just sell it on ebay for $190+150, make a small profit, and then just buy IB. Or hell, let's say you actually lose money, so what, $20 to rent IB isn't a bad deal at all.
You people act like when you are done with a computer or upgrade, that you must throw it in the trash can.
Like I said, you should wait on Haswell, but technically there's not really any cost so why not just get IB and then sell it off/return it whatever, and get Haswell when it comes out.
Like I said before Haswell, or fix what you got. Plus he could upgrade to a broadwell i7 if he gets a haswell i5, would be a solid upgrade after he sells the old chip to make up for cost.
Also plenty of people are using P67/z68 boards with ivy
Broadwell will arrive with a new chipset, no one is going to upgrade to Broadwell from Haswell on their 'old' Z87, or, they are just going to sell their Haswell+Z87 and buy Broadwell+Z97. Broadwell will hardly be a large upgrade over haswell, it's never 'worth it' to go just a single generation up. But like I said, buy haswell + z87, then sell it when broadwell comes out, and if you buy it smart like from the right place at the right sale (black friday?), you can even make a profit.
I paid $209 for my i7, $80 for my UD5H. When Haswell comes out, I'll sell my i7-3770k for at least
$250 on ebay, and then my UD5H for at least
$100 on ebay. I'll buy haswell with it. Do I need haswell Hell no, my athlon ii X3 was more than powerful for the high end games I play and stream. But I made a profit selling my Athlon ii x3 over what I paid for it, and literally upgraded to an i7-3770k for no cost.
lso if he is going to get a i3 he might as well get a FX6300 as it is better then the i3 in pretty much every way.
Yes, I know, it's a point. The Phenom X4 is better than the FX6300 in value in pretty much every way, if you want to get technical all he should buy for TF2 is a Phenom X4 and heatsink and am3 board off geeks for $40 and spend the rest on a graphics card.
In multithreaded apps definitely but not that cut and dry in gaming
Since you can't significantly overclock the i3 I'd say the Phenom X4, is a better buy, even for gaming, including the cost of the heatsink and better motherboard, particularly due to the strength of the AMD chips in multi-threaded applications (so OC phenom/fx vs i3 is edge by edge in gaming, but huge boost in multithreaded applications for AMD, and with an overclock for gaming the amd will be slightly better in most gmaes). Now if there was a K edition i3 it'd be totally different. The FX chips are too expensive though, I'd definitely say for gaming the i3 is a better value. Just the Phenom x4 imo is still the best value lower end chip.