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Can't figure out next build

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The combination of changes in roadmaps, code names, stupid marketing (intel), etc has me baffled as to what my next build will be. Let me tell you the whole story (I'll keep it short) so that you can get an idea of what I'm after:
I started out using a shared 2006 iMac. Needless to say, when I started high school and transcoding my whole DVD library to digital and gaming, the thing was a slug (1FPS transcodes + >20s to save a power point = ).
So I got an i7 . This was my first build, and I went wrong about some things:
  • I got an ASRock MB. Cheap thing, I had to RMA a couple of times... now I'm stuck at 3.8GHz. Next one is going to be Gigabyte or Asus.
  • I got an "Energy Efficient" 9800GT, this was neweggs fault thou (they did't put it in the title or specs, obviously).
  • I got a cheap PSU (CoolMax, lol). Then I went OCZ and after one or two RMAs I ended up with a Z Series 850W. Now that's overkill alright...
  • I got a bad quality case (xClio A380 Color).

Now I've calculated that the price of this system here (in Argentina) is around 1300-1500 U$D. I'd be changing the PSU for a decent 650W one thou, the Z Series is way overkill and I cant just add 200U$D to the price for the PSU. I'd rather keep it and use it in my next build. I also have a Promilatech Meglhams waiting to be used in the new build... So I'd sell this system here, and build a new one in the US. I'll probably buy from newegg since I trust them 200% more than anyone else.

Now onto the confusing stuff:
As I said, I need mainly a responsive system that can handle a heavy workload. Second come transcoding and gaming. I'm not a heavy gamer, so I don't need a SUPER GPU (I'm happy with my 9800GT EE to put it that way).
As for the transcoding, I see QuickSync as a golden tech. A cheaper CPU that can transcode 2x faster than my i7? What could be better!
So I want QuickSync, and I want a discrete card (I could probably survive on the HD3000 for a while...), not necessarily SLI/Crossfire (so I don't need 20+ PCI lanes).
I do want overclocking, and USB3/SATA6: I'm planning on getting an SSD, and I don't want to have to buy an expansion card down the road... I much prefer integrated.

So, from what I've gathered on the net:
Intel now offers P67 and H67. None of these fulfill my needs since if I pick H67 I can't overclock (making the upgrade a whole waste) and if I pick P67 I don't get QuickSync, making it about as good as my i7 for transcoding.
Z68 is coming out sometime soon, and it brings IGP+overclocking. The only issues I see with this chipset are:
  • USB3, SATA6, Thunderbolt (is it even close to coming bundled into MBs?), etc
  • Future upgradability: if I wanted to drop a haswell or whatever in there, would I not be able to because of the socket (LGA2011 vs LGA1555)?
  • Dual vs Triple vs Quad channel: from what I've read, it's all pretty much the same (in real world tests). So I see the ideal as getting 2 sticks then 1 more stick or 2 more sticks (if my build supports quad).
And then there is x68 & LGA2011: what advantages will I have over Z68/LGA1555? Notice that I'm a bang for the buck guy: if 200U$D more will get me a much more upgradable system (the RAM channels for example, or future CPUs...), I'll go for it, but for my purposes, I can't justify dual GPUs or a six core CPU (980x style).

Basically, it all boils down to X68 vs Z68, for the above reasons, I hope I didn't force you to commit suicide with the pointlessly long post
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You just have to wait, and look at the benchmarks specifically for what you need to do. Personally I'd say x68 or Bulldozer.
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