Hello, I'm really stuck between an i7 2700k, or an 3930k, I know there is considerable price difference, however I was looking for a processor that will still be viable till as I said at least Haswell, preferably Skylake (thereabouts 2016), at the moment i'm more of a gamer (yes I know the difference between socket 2011 and 1155 is virtually nonexistent for gaming) however as a chemistry undergraduate i'm not certain if I'd need the extra beef for some of my work. I was thinking of skipping the Ivy Bridge due to similar (perhaps?) performance to Sandy Bridge.
Appreciate the time taking for reading this and thank you!!
you'd may as well wait for ivy, as it will be more likely to last longer.
however it will still work and be viable come haswell (1 year) and skylake (2years?) look at the first core 2 quads, they are still perfectly happy for gaming.
For your chem stuff, if the calculations get more complex then you'll have to wait a bit longer.
It also comes down to the fact that the software industry is at the moment lagging behind in the use of the power they have access to, partly due to the lowest common demoninator, and partly because they don't know what to do with it, kinect is an example of the use of that power.
Do you think that more realistic simulations will be coming down the line needing more power? if they are it'll probably 10x-100x more power, in which case nothing really helps you.
With Haswell out in 2013 and on a new socket, if you are legitimately looking for that then you may want to do a modest cheap 1155 build say a i3 2100/Pentium and a H61 motherboard, put the money towards a higher end GPU either a Nvidia 600 series or Radeon 7000 series card, wait a year then move on up to Haswell not having forked out $800+ on a sandy or ivy.
I have my old Core2Duo E6800 bought back in 2006 running a 560Ti and it is handling Skyrim, F1 2011, and some other games the youngsters play on maxed out settings. The poster above should be more than happily running games and whatnot on his C2Q, simply put a sandybridge will not deteriorate in performance that quickly, in 4-5 years time it will still game like a beast.
Easy peasy, cheap sandybridge build, higher end GPU/PSU, sell Sandybridge in a year, carry over some components to the haswell.....badum tish.