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Next Rig Upgrade - i7 2600K - or wait for the Bulldozer?

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With the Sandy Bridge i7 2600K offering such awesome performance at a reasonable price, I'm an AMD man totally torn. My current spec is working well enough (Gaming and 3D in Blender), but enough is never enough, so now I want more. But what more?

I get the feeling that AMD really actually doesn't have an answer to the SB i7's, hence taking so long for them to give any concrete details, so given that my retailer of choice is now getting the top end SB boards back in with C3 stepping chipsets (so no more SATA bugs, in theory) - what would you do?

I can afford to go £250 motherboard and £250 chip - so do I take the plunge and build an i7-2600K (then OC the hell out of it), or do I wait for the "honest it does 17,000 CPU marks" Bulldozer? It'll be matched up with 8Gb DDR3 and a 480 GTX, from my existing rig.

I'm getting tired of waiting on AMD Maybe impatient is a better word...
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You have a great system according to the system specifications that you present to fellow Overclockers. I see no reason of why you should be impatient or why you should rush to purchase a 2600k. The best advice in this situation would be simply to hold off and to wait for LGA2011 to show how it competes with AM3+ offerings.
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45nm, that is sound advice indeed, and is of course the most sensible option... But I've been lucky and managed to put this money aside, so now I feel like I want to use it (even though in my heart of hearts, I do realise that I probably don't "need" to) - I probably am rushing too fast into it, but I have the upgrade bug at the moment.

Is the LGA2011 (Ivy Bridge?) going to be a significant improvement over Sandy Bridge? Hypothetically?
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post #4 of 7
Can your current rig handle all your needs? If yes then wait.

If no then splurge on a SB rig. Either way you won't be disappointed.

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Is the LGA2011 (Ivy Bridge?) going to be a significant improvement over Sandy Bridge? Hypothetically?
It's supposed to be 20-30% faster than SB.
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Lampen - It does yes. I can't complain.

20-30%!? Ok. I'm convinced, I'll wait!
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Yea dude, just wait. If BD doesn't beat SB THEN buy SB. Until then just chill and save more money.
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You guys have hit the nail on the head - I'm being a fool, there is no "need" to upgrade I suppose, as King Nothing says there - save more. I'll do that.

Thanks everyone - thats answered my question very quickly.
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