login about faq

To prove you're not a spammer, email newuser.lgqa@gmail.com with the subject "Account Request" to request an account.

I'm planning on building a computer here within the next month or so, and I'm kind of worried about buying a CPU/Motherboard with a socket that'll be obsolete in a year. For example, I don't want to buy an LGA1155 system now and find out that I can't upgrade my cpu later on if need be because 1155 isn't a supported socket anymore, and the same goes for AM3+.

My question is, which socket on the market right now will last the longest and have the best upgrade path; AMD's AM3+, or Intel's LGA1155? I'm aware that AMD's FX line isn't as powerful as it may seem, but if Piledriver turns out to be amazing when it comes out and it's still using AM3+, I wouldn't have any qualms over buying a cheaper FX-8120 rather than an i5-3550 or 3570k and buying a Piledriver CPU later on.

I'm planning on running a Radeon 7850 as well, if PCIe 3.0 is of any consideration.

asked May 28 '12 at 16:19

MrAnthology's gravatar image


From the information that I know, Intel tends to change sockets A LOT.

I honestly don't mind AMD considering that they trump in the price to performance ratio, and I can see the AM3+ socket sticking around for another 2-3 years or so.

If you are the kind of person who wants to continually push the life out of the products you have, go with AMD's AM3+ socket. However, if you just want the latest and greatest (without cost being a factor), go with Intel's LGA 1155, LGA 2011, or whatever is the next socket...

Personally, I have the AMD FX-6200 processor with the Asus M5A97 Evo motherboard (if you'd like to take that into consideration).

answered May 28 '12 at 17:02

catchatyou's gravatar image


Whatever you buy now is going to be outdated in a couple years anyway, no matter what you get. I would just build the computer around your needs and your budget. If it can run whatever you're trying to run then it's all good.

answered May 28 '12 at 16:56

IamTechCrazy's gravatar image


Your answer
toggle preview

Follow this question

By Email:

Once you sign in you will be able to subscribe for any updates here



Answers and Comments

Markdown Basics

  • *italic* or __italic__
  • **bold** or __bold__
  • link:[text](http://url.com/ "title")
  • image?![alt text](/path/img.jpg "title")
  • numbered list: 1. Foo 2. Bar
  • to add a line break simply add two spaces to where you would like the new line to be.
  • basic HTML tags are also supported



Asked: May 28 '12 at 16:19

Seen: 882 times

Last updated: May 28 '12 at 17:02