Is there an Intel price/performance equivalent to the AMD 960t?
I currently have the 960t in my build(Newegg shopping cart), and I'm afraid I may be limited in the future when it coms to upgrading my CPU. From what I hear, AMD is the sweet spot for budget builds, while Intel is the way to go for enthusiast builds. I'm sure I will be happy with the 960t, but I really want to end up with the i5 2500k. So if I choose the 960t right now, then in the future I will have to upgrade CPU and mobo at the same time. But if I can find maybe an i3 right now and upgrade to the i5 2500k, I can keep the same mobo. So I'm lookng for something with similar performance when it comes to games. I would prefer it to be in the same price range and also to be overclockable. The 2nd part isn't a must if I end up with the 2500k anyway. It needs to be a LGA1155 socket as well.
^+1, the i3 21xx series are good for gaming, better in many cases than even an overclocked 960t. You also have good upgradeability to i5/i7 in the future, where AMD has no real upgrade, only a downgrade to a crappy FX cpu. http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-review-intel-core-i7-2600k-i5-2500k-core-i3-2100-tested/20 read some reviews, the i3 2100 outperforms higher clocked and even 6 core AMD cpu's in most games, even ones that are multithreaded.