In a few weeks It looks like I'll have a choice to put these three combos together with their prices in the same ballpark. I am assuming The new Sandybridges will give at least a modes price cut to the current I7 lines.
So which would be better for a gaming/working system (65%/35%)?
If its ok with you to wait for the SB would say get that. But the other rigs you mention are also good enough for gaming for the next 2-3 years.
Also define "work". What kind of work would you do?
Some photoshop and hopefully Autocad on this system. I also intend to use this as more of a multimedia system than previously. No heavy video encoding.
I'm trying to stay higher end to add longevity rather than massive power next week.
I'm definately waiting, but like I said, all three setups should be in the same ballpark price-wise. I guess we'll have to wait and see on SB benchmarks, but as far as the 875 and the 950...which would you rather have?
950, because LGA1366 chips perform a bit better in the multi-threaded apps and you photoshop stuff may benefit. But also you need a good GPU. But gaming wise they are the same.
Also the 950 would up your budget a lot. X58 boards are expensive than the P55 one's, plus triple channel RAM's.
I took that in to consideration as an i7-875 is a bit more expensive so I figured it would be a wash. If the benchmarks on these 2500's and 2600's are as good as we're hoping, the prices for 1366 platforms have to fall, too...right?
They already have fallen in late August, quite a lot to make room for the upcoming chips. If there's a chip in the same segment as the current i7/i5 chips are then you may see a drop in the older chips. Otherwise you may not. Pretty hard to tell actually. E8400 still costs a bomb even after 2 generations of chips have passed!