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Old March 8, 2012, 05:02 PM
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Hey,

i know i have made a few diffrent threads but i have been out of the PC hardware world for a couple of years lol

Everyone that posted on my other threads thanks a lot for the help. i have narrowed my choices down to a few. I will post my system specs below but for now here is my question.

I want to make the switch to INTEL from AMD but i want to choose the best socket. I'm going to go with a sandy-bridge chip & later upgrade to ivy-bridge. From what i have read when ivy-bridge is released only the Ivy-Bridge-E socket LGA 2011 will support fully unlocked overclocking (this could be wrong )

So, what would my best option be? i know LGA2011 is an overall better platform but i want the most for my money. i would like to hear everyone's opinions on the matter.

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AMD Phenom II X4 840 3.2GHZ
4GB DDR3 1600MHZ (if i choose LGA2011 i will be adding a 32GB quad-channel it)
Geforce GTX 260 (will be upgrading to HD 7000 series)
1.5TB western digital 5900K RPM
750W SLI PSU

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Old March 8, 2012, 05:04 PM
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Ops i mean LGA1155 :P
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Old March 8, 2012, 05:25 PM
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Assuming you can wait a little longer, go with LGA1155 and Ivy Bridge. A decent Z77 board with the i7 3770k will be the best performance to price ratio IMO.

The main upgrade you should consider though is a SSD. That will truly change your computers performance on a daily basis.
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Does anyone know when the Z77 boards will be out? and for ivy-bridge when is the expected release date? and as far as sticking with LGA1155 over LGA2011 could you give some reasons? LGA2011 will be INTEL's new high-end platform and for that reason i would prefer it, so some reasons why i shouldn't would be helpfull.

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Does anyone know when the Z77 boards will be out? and for ivy-bridge when is the expected release date? and as far as sticking with LGA1155 over LGA2011 could you give some reasons? LGA2011 will be INTEL's new high-end platform and for that reason i would prefer it, so some reasons why i shouldn't would be helpfull.

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It's really expensive for what you get, minor performance increases for a lot of money.
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If you run programs that are really RAM intensive and you need lots of ram go LGA2011 since it supports quad channel. For general gaming I would go LGA1155 and I wouldn't really wait for ivy bridge unless you can wait in which case the sandy bridge chips will be a lot cheaper by then.
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Isn't Ivy supposed to be about the same price as current Sandy stuff? It's 5-15% faster, so IMO no sense in buying SB when Ivy is around the corner.

Since there's lots of preview articles, I'm guessing a launch is imminent.

And for the majority of tasks, the 3770k (LGA1155) outperforms the 3820 (LGA2011).
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If you run programs that can take advantage of quad channel memory (if you don't know then you probably don't do it), or plan on having 3 or more graphics cards in SLI/XFire, then go for 2011 (or if you have lump of disposable income burning a hole in your pocket). Otherwise 1155 is the way to go.

Other than that I say go to 8gb ram (maybe just grab another set of the 4gb 1600mhz you already have). For gaming your biggest bottleneck right now is the gtx 260 IMO.

EDIT: Ivy bridge is coming up as a few % faster (5-15% according to anandtech), better on power, and has better integrated graphics. Your call if its worth the wait or not.
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Isn't Ivy supposed to be about the same price as current Sandy stuff? It's 5-15% faster, so IMO no sense in buying SB when Ivy is around the corner.

Since there's lots of preview articles, I'm guessing a launch is imminent.

And for the majority of tasks, the 3770k (LGA1155) outperforms the 3820 (LGA2011).
So intel is going to have SBs and IBs at the same price at retailers? Doesn't make any sense otherwise they'll have lots of old SB stock lying around unless they drop the prices lower than the IBs which is usually what I see happen but I could be wrong.
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The delay in releasing IvB is at least in part to help clear out stocks of SnB. Moreover, pricing for IvB hasn't yet been released, though it is unlikely it'd be much more than SnB given the positioning of SBE above it.
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