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Is now the time to consider buying? X58\LGA1366 vs Newer Chipsets\Socket

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January 5, 2011 11:06:13 PM

Hello, Tom's Hardware & Other PC extremists,

I was wondering what your opinions are in buying Parts (Mainly CPU & Motherboard) now that the Sandy Bridge CPU's will soon be hitting the Market?

I am fine with buying an older Chipset\Socket type mainly to save money if there isn't alot to gain performance wise. But i do have the Dilemma that i was aiming for a MATX form board,

I was looking at getting an:
-ASUS Rampage III Gene LGA 1366 Intel X58
-Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950

That's Roughly a $540.00 plan now, but looking at the "Sandy Bridge" It seems i will be getting alot more if i wait and push to the newer technology.

I read the Performance Charts, but i'm still having trouble deciding, what are your opinions on the issue? Any Advice, Articles, Or even similar Dilemma insights would greatly be appreciated.

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January 6, 2011 4:18:14 AM

This topic has been moved from the section Opinions and Experiences to section Motherboards & Memory by Buwish
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January 6, 2011 5:16:40 AM

With the 2600k and i7 950 having identical pricing at the moment there really isn't any reason to go with the older socket 1366. Unless you have specific motherboard requirements, I would go with the newer chip.

However the sandy bridge isn't officially launched till the 9th so the prices might still go down for the 950 though I doubt it.
CPU comparision between 950 and 2600k