Originally Posted by brandon6199
Assuming that my budget isn't an issue, what would be better suited for gaming purposes? LGA 2011 or LGA 1150? I feel like the Haswell based chips are mainly geared towards users who are concerned about efficiency/power consumption, etc. rather than raw performance?
On the other hand, I've been told that the LGA 2011 chipset is outdated and wouldn't be a smart decision in regards to future-proofing.
I don't mind spending a few extra bucks in order to get the best of the best. I just feel as if Haswell chips are less praised by the gaming community than Sandy Bridge/Ivy-Bridge LGA 2011 chips.
The LGA 2011 socket is definitely older, but that doesn't mean its outdated. The current chips, Ivy Bridge-E, will likely be the last on this socket, unless Haswell-E also comes on the 2011 socket. The new X79 boards, EVGA x79 Dark and Asus Rampage IV Black edition are both outstanding boards that utilize all the PCI lanes that the x79 chipset can handle.
Here is my two cents, if you want the best of the best, the new Ivy Bridge-E is the way to go. The "E" stands for "Extreme", after all. The new boards are awesome, but expensive as hell. If you want something more economical, go for the 4770k. It will definitely suit your needs for gaming and the current set of boards are good too. With multi-threading you will be able to multitask to your hearts content and save a bit of money. Perhpas put that towards another GPU or a nice, big SSD.
Finally, in regards to future-proofing, there is no such thing in my opinion. Technology is moving so fast that its really hard to completely future proof a rig. You can definitely get components that will work for 4-5 years, but here at OCN, we definitely like to build new rigs even before that. In short, buy components that suit your current needs and when those don't suit your needs anymore, upgrade.Edited by ZBoneCapone - 11/5/13 at 7:43pm