Decided to upgrade possible this week for black Friday. Really been needing a new CPU and processor (i5-750 and p55 1156 socket). Computer for Gaming/streaming/video/browsing. sticking with Intel more than likely.
Budget for CPU is roughly ~$250, MOBO ~$200, but mostly just want great ideas.
CPU Ideas: 4770k($290 newegg), 4670k($225 newegg), 3570k($200 newegg)
MOBO ideas: Suggestions for a nice future proof socket and mobo??.
Smart or bad idea to upgrade now? Maybe settle for a decent CPU now and get a future proof socket so I could upgrade to a even better CPU (only if some unbelievable next gen CPUS are about to hit)?
CPU suggestions mostly though please. Thanks MUCH APPRECIATED!
If you are pretty serious about streaming (I'm guessing you mean live-streaming here) you might want to go with the i7-4770k. Live-streaming requires real-time software encoding (unless you have a complicated setup with a capture card) which is fairly CPU intensive and the hyperthreading on core i7s will help you out here.
If live-streaming is not that much of a concern the i5-4670k or 3570k will fulfill all your gaming and other needs just fine.
As for mobo, Asus makes some good ones (Maximus series or Z87/Z77-Pro). If you want something for a little cheaper you can go with ASRock Extreme 3/4 (there are both Z77 and Z87 versions). Just make sure to get the right chipset for the CPU you buy: Z87 for Haswell, Z77 for Ivy Bridge.
There isn't really much in the way of future proof motherboards out there now. The Intel 7-series (e.g. Z77) is already a dead-end. As for 8-series (e.g. Z87), upcoming Broadwell chips are rumored to require new Intel 9-series chipsets and will not be compatible with the 8-series (despite still using the LGA 1150 socket). This means that no currently-available Intel chipset will be viable for upgrades for more than a year (Broadwell is slated for release Q4 2014). Even at the uber high end, the upcoming Haswell-E CPUs are ditching X79 (which is getting quite old already) for X99.