Ok so what i want to do is have a computer for now then in a year upgrade to something else so im trying to decide what should i get now. I know ur probably thinking "why not just wait?" or "buy it now." i have my reasons. for now i want to play the old republic when it comes out.
heres my 3 options and keep note that in a year i'll end up upgrading to an i7 and 2x sli keplar.
it seems that the difference between the celeron and i3 is just the .7ghz and hyperthread otherwise they seem the same.
the rig with it is 4gb ddr3 ram, 750w psu, and a sata2 SSD
so which one would be better as a placeholder in a year's time span?
1) Buying a GOOD AM3+ motherboard and socket AM3 processor (how much you spend on the processor depends on your budget and needs). And then upgrade to BullDozer CPU in a years time. (BullDozer is due for release in the next week or so, and should be well established in a years time).
2) Buying a Socket 1155 motherboard with a SandyBridge Processor (something like the i3-2100 - although again, depends on your budget and requirements). And then Upgrade to IvyBridge CPU in a years time (IvyBridge is due for release in Q1/Q2 2012).
In both builds you can buy a good case, motherboard, psu, hdd, optical drive and then a GPU and CPU of your choice which can then be upgraded when you feel like you want to.
A great mid-range GPU is the ATI 6870. Sapphire 6870 is currently priced at $155 after rebate on newEgg.