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Actually, it's much more likely that Ivy Bridge chips will be released for both mainstream (probably LGA-1155) and enthusiast (probably LGA-2011) markets.
Yeah that's what I was thinking...

Anyhow are there any websites out there that have rough pricing estimates on the new motherboards? I have seen the chart with the CPU prices so I know that much already, but I am trying to find the prices on the other parts so I can figure out a general estimate to see if it is under my budget or not.
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Well from that quote I posted above, the way I am reading it makes it sound like Ivy Bridge will retain the same socket compatibility and work with the 1155 socket, although I may be reading it wrong.

However what they could mean by that is for instance how 1156/1366 is now, with most of the i7 lineup using the 1366 socket but a few i7 chips that work on 1156 (the 870 and 875k), so maybe they will release some Ivy Bridge CPU's that work on 1155 but again like 1156/1366 most of them will be on yet another socket released in the future.


Ivy Bridge is still a ways out, and as such, the details haven't exactly solidified.

Last I heard, Ivy is a 22nm die shrink of Sandy, on a new socket that will support further advanced 'enthusiast' level features. Ivy Bridge is referred to by Socket 2011.

The initial thinking of Ivy, was it was to be release in 2011. It's since been pushed back into 2012, last rumored to launch at CES 1 year from now.

AMD's Bulldozer is around the corner too, and appears to be a game-changer. Bulldozer may greatly influence the release of Ivy, if Intel is to remain competitive.

Again, Ivy is a long way out. And many things can change between now and then...
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Yeah I mostly game on my PC, and just do some video/photo editing and normal web browsing as well as watching movies and listening to music.

I use 1080p (1920x1080) to play my games, but the thing with benchmarks is that the game I play most (World of Warcraft) is totally different compared to the games most often benchmarked, because WoW seems to be about everything BUT the GPU. For instance AMD CPU's constantly provide frame rates that are ~40 lower than that of comparable Intel chips, so the game itself seems to favor the Intel architecture... which is why benchmarks really won't help me out with that situation too much.
I mostly play WoW also....

The thing about WoW is, it's heavily cpu dependant. It'll use 4 cores/threads and not think twice. But that's all it uses.

If you play with Vsync on, the extra potential frames are lost. Basically, get to 60fps and call it a day.

In the past few years I've done a number of upgrades to my rig. From a e6400 + ATI 1950, to e8200 + ATI 4890, to i7 870 + ATI 4890.

The processor upgrade has been the biggest difference in frame rates. Where my e8200 (oc'd to 3.8ghz) would choke in a raid setting, my i7 barely notices it. I peg 60+ fps in every conciveable scenario with maxxed 'ultra' settings.

IMO, a cpu/motherboard/ram upgrade would impact your needs greater, than your graphics card.

When SB launches, you'll have 3 very similarly priced options. 1155, 1156, and 1366 will all be very close to eachother.

1156 may indeed be the least expensive. Intel still has a new i7 880 on the horizon, so it's not quite dead yet.

1155 is of course the new socket. A revision of 1156. Same chipset features, processors on a smaller die. Higher overclock potential on the K series chips.

1366 may indeed be the same price as 1155 when it's launched. You'll get minor performance incease from triple channel memory. If priced within a few dollars, you'd have to weigh: The memory advantage of 1366 vs the overclocking prowess of the 1155 k's.

Truth is, you win no matter what upgrade path you choose. They're all great.
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Anyhow are there any websites out there that have rough pricing estimates on the new motherboards?
Actually, I've already seen the Gigabyte boards for sale and in stock at Amazon.com. No need to guess at prices, you can already buy it now.
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