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.
Answer by catchatyou · May 28, 2012 at 06:02 PM
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).
Answer by IamTechCrazy · May 28, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Whatever you buy now is going to be outdated in a couple years anyway, no matter what you get.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.
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