I'm running a E5200 on a Biostar G31M7-TE. I want to upgrade, and the E7500 looks like my most cost-effective option - I can snag an OEM boxed for $90. I know it's not the best mobo for OCing, but I think stock speed will do okay.
However, I could also pick up a core i3 2100 for $100 and a either a MSI P67a-G43 or an ASUS P8P67 LE for $100. Would it be worth it to ditch my current architecture and jump on the SB bandwagon?
BTW my GPU is a Radeon 5770 running at stock. My PSU and everything else will carry over, so it's a matter of spending another $100 on a new mobo.
It's OCed to 3.0 with a 240 FSB on a 12.5x multiplier. I can't get it higher than that even with a fan upgrade - my mobo just doesn't have the voltage necessary.
I've decided to go for the i3. I'm a "stepping stone" upgrader - I'll upgrade a little at a time, in the most cost-effective way. Seems like the best way to upgrade IMO, because CPUs have a lot of longevity now.