Hi, I have been mowing over and over the features of these two upgrade paths. I get set on one and then I switch to the other. I've never been so torn before. Maybe you can help me out. For the record: I've never done an AMD build and I really wanted to give them a chance, so I'm not partial to either Intel or AMD. I'm also not really worried about the price differences. I would really appreciate any input.
I use my computer for gaming, as a media server, and general use. My primary OS is Windows.
Upgrade Option 1
Motherboard: $219.99 ASUS Crosshair V Formula AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s
CPU: $249.99 AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core
What I like about the Crosshair/FX-8150:
Upgrade Option 2
Motherboard: $289.99 ASUS MAXIMUS IV EXTREME (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s
CPU: $219.99 Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core
What I like about the Maximus/i5 2500K:
I5 2500k beats AMD FX 8150 in raw performance.
Ignore both of them, wait for the Ivy Bridge Intel processors, a month or two should not be a problem.
Take a look at Asrocks lineup, they've been ontop of the 1155 socket and have made alot of really nice (and rock solid) boards full of features.
As for the motherboards, It really depends on what kind of features you're looking for honestly, see above. The ASUS IV EXTREME is a bit dated at this point, being a year old... There's alot of newer boards that offer alot more features I would imagine. Worth taking a look at others.
From a gaming performance standpoint, you'd get more bang for your buck with the i5-2500k setup. 8150 is "ok" but its only good at a few specific things, if you don't do much photo/video editing and such and even then it's only marginally better than the i5-2500k at those. I hear the 8150 does amazing in linux, I could be wrong though. If you don't use Linux, it's irrelevant anyways. Just don't get the 8150 and expect amazing things, think of it as a quad core processor with physical hyperthreading. At the end of the day it all depends what you plan on using your computer for and what feature sets you need, neither of which have you provided ;)
Also, I really want your old 775 board :)
I edited my main post to reflect what I use my PC for.
OK, I'll look into some newer boards, ASRock included. I was planning on selling the 775 board on eBay, so I'll give you a heads up when that happens. Out of curiosity, what do you like about it? Thanks.
Go for the i5-2500k Intel build then. No reason to go 8150 if all you're going to be doing is gaming on it for the most part.
What do I like about the 775 board? The fact that its immensely better than my OEM Dell G33 chipset board that has a locked bios and it supports DDR3. My G0 Q6600 has been complaining that's it's never seen past 2.4ghz in the 4 years I've had it! I've been looking for a board that supports ddr3 for 775 that isnt total crap :P
I looked over ASRock's 1155 lineup and really liked the ASRock Z77 Professional Motherboard. So I will be taking both the advice of marijanovic and Allen86. I read up on Wikipedia and found that there will be a Core i5 3570k (Ivy Bridge) for about $220, which is about the same price point as the 2500k. Great advice. Thank you!
Yes Ivy bridge is just around the corner. It's the end line processor the the 1155 socket and they will likely be moving to new architecture next with a new socket. Usually they only do 2-3 generations and switch sockets. I think the numbers were about a 20% increase over the performance of the i5-2500k if I'm not mistaken
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