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November 2, 2010 7:49:10 PM

I'm planning on putting together a new computer, and was wondering whether I should wait for Sandy Bridge to be released, because new CPUs will be incompatible with LGA 1156 motherboards.

And what is improved with the Sandy Bridge architecture? I've heard that, aside from the new socket, all the SB CPUs will have integrated chipsets and graphic processors. I'm not very knowledgeable about computers so I don't understand details about the new architecture, but won't having an integrated graphics core unnecessarily raise the price for people who are planning to get high end graphics cards separately from the CPU (me)?



*EDITED* I indeed did mean LGA 1156 :p 
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November 2, 2010 8:59:45 PM

Welcome to Tom's Forums! :) 

I assume you meant LGA 1156. Hmm, it depends are you willing to wait ~ 3-6 months then sure, otherwise don't. Also, look at the X58 {LGA 1366} the prices are close. Also, X68 Sandy Bridge E is the bigger leap to see.

Info - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandy_Bridge_(microarchitecture)

X68 - http://www.nordichardware.com/news/76-motherboards/4129...
"Intel X68 is a part of Intel's new Patsburg platform where the LGA 2011 socket will be used to hold Sandy Bridge E processors, which in turn houses a quad-channel DDR3 memory controller but no graphics. The processors supports 40 PCIe 3.0 lanes and is geared toward enthusiasts and workstations with demands for maximal performance."
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November 2, 2010 9:34:00 PM

For now I'm waiting for SB to come out, but if I can get a great pc during black friday or cyber monday, I will.
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November 2, 2010 9:59:37 PM

ABadUserName said:
I'm planning on putting together a new computer, and was wondering whether I should wait for Sandy Bridge to be released, because new CPUs will be incompatible with LGA 1556 motherboards.

And what is improved with the Sandy Bridge architecture? I've heard that, aside from the new socket, all the SB CPUs will have integrated chipsets and graphic processors. I'm not very knowledgeable about computers so I don't understand details about the new architecture, but won't having an integrated graphics core unnecessarily raise the price for people who are planning to get high end graphics cards separately from the CPU (me)?


Here is the best SB preview article I have seen:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/3871/the-sandy-bridge-pre...
1) The new architecture is about 15% faster, clock for clock than current Intel nehalem processors.
2) Clock rates start higher at 3.1.
3) SB is built on a 32nm process vs. 45nm. Intel can get twice as many chips per wafer, so their costs could actually go down.
4) There will be motherboard chipset versions that can activate the integrated graphics. That graphics capability is somewhat like that of a $50 discrete graphics card. That is very good if you are not running demanding games.
5) Alternatively, there will be motherboards with the usual pci-e graphics capability. I agree, that is somewhat of a waste, but probably cheaper than producing two different processors.
6) It looks like January 9 is therumored launch date.

If your need is not urgent, it will pay you to wait.
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November 3, 2010 7:20:27 PM

Okay thanks for the warm welcome and the help. I've decided to wait. As long as it's release date remains before Crysis 2 I'm happy ;) 
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November 3, 2010 7:21:26 PM

Best answer selected by ABadUserName.
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