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
From the information that I know, Intel tends to change sockets A LOT.
answered May 28 '12 at 17:02
Whatever you buy now is going to be outdated in a couple years anyway, no matter what you get.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