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Most future proof CPU as of March 2012?

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March 16, 2012 1:10:47 AM

I'm trying to finish my build and I'm too impatient to wait on Ivy Bridge for a slight improvement. My price range is 400 but I might stretch for Sandy Bridge E if its worth it, but will that last me at least four years before its out dated? Or should I go with more cores and the FX8150? I've only got basic knowledge on all of this stuff so I'd like someone else's opinion. Will hyper threading future proof me or will more cores future proof me? Thanks guys.
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March 16, 2012 1:31:11 AM

Hi :) 

Look up "Moore`s Law"

Any Cpu you buy today will be out of date and drastically slow in 4 years time....

Moore`s Law IS THE REASON WHY....

All the best Brett :) 
March 16, 2012 1:51:37 AM

Lol yeah I hear ya. I'm still running a dual core Athlon64 from 2006 and I can get pretty good frame rates. I consider that future proof. What chip can I get that guaranteed won't seem ridiculous in a year?!
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March 16, 2012 1:57:24 AM

Brett928S2 said:
Hi :) 

Look up "Moore`s Law"

Any Cpu you buy today will be out of date and drastically slow in 4 years time....

Moore`s Law IS THE REASON WHY....

All the best Brett :) 


Not true.

The best cpu from 4 years ago is the Yorkfield 9770 core 2 quad. Which today is a very respectable cpu.

The correct answer to the OP's question is the Intel Core-i7 3960X. Its the fastest processor on the market with the most cores. Real cores, not bulldozer cores.

And the fastest processor is always the most future proof.
March 16, 2012 2:01:00 AM

Can't argue with that logic. I know bulldozer is kind of a joke but will those cores really account for nothing when programs and games start using more than 4?
March 16, 2012 2:07:14 AM

i wouldnt say drastically i used my amd turion for 4 1/2 years no problem it was still moores law... I would just go i7 as best as you can afford with a nice heatsink so it can be oc'ed as time goes by.
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March 16, 2012 2:24:29 AM

alexdh01 said:
Lol yeah I hear ya. I'm still running a dual core Athlon64 from 2006 and I can get pretty good frame rates. I consider that future proof. What chip can I get that guaranteed won't seem ridiculous in a year?!


another useless post by Brett...

FALC0N said:
Not true.

The best cpu from 4 years ago is the Yorkfield 9770 core 2 quad. Which today is a very respectable cpu.

The correct answer to the OP's question is the Intel Core-i7 3960X. Its the fastest processor on the market with the most cores. Real cores, not bulldozer cores.

And the fastest processor is always the most future proof.


if you think that in a few years a hexacore will be fully utilized then you are correct but the 2600k is no slower per core then the 3960k

alexdh01 said:
Can't argue with that logic. I know bulldozer is kind of a joke but will those cores really account for nothing when programs and games start using more than 4?


bulldozers cores will never be fully utilized cause they already are. they just suck

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March 16, 2012 3:30:57 AM

FALC0N said:
Not true.

The best cpu from 4 years ago is the Yorkfield 9770 core 2 quad. Which today is a very respectable cpu.

The correct answer to the OP's question is the Intel Core-i7 3960X. Its the fastest processor on the market with the most cores. Real cores, not bulldozer cores.

And the fastest processor is always the most future proof.


A Q6600 is still a respectable CPU.

But I would say any quad core LGA1155/2011 CPU and up or even a FX-6/8 series. I still think the Intel setup will be more futureproof. LGA1155 with a Gen3 mobo and LGA2011 already has PCIe 3.0 on most of the mobos. Add in the support for up to 64GB of RAM and its no contest.
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March 16, 2012 3:34:11 AM

Right now the best CPU to buy is the core i5-2500k.

My Q9450 is still holds up pretty well...
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March 16, 2012 3:38:37 AM

jaguarskx said:
Right now the best CPU to buy is the core i5-2500k.

My Q9450 is still holds up pretty well...


Per core and per clock, better than Phenom II.
March 16, 2012 3:44:18 AM

I'm glad to see people have still got older cpu's going strong.
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March 16, 2012 3:44:24 AM

Which is why I can postpone an upgrade until Haswell is released. By then the Q9450 will be 5 years old.
March 16, 2012 3:56:23 AM

I could just google this but what the hell...Do 1155 mobos have PCIe 3.0 or do you have to go 2011? Might as well future proof the GPU.

Edit:
Why don't I go ahead and answer my own question, because i'm bored. Apparently 1155 will see a PCIe 3.0 upgrade around the time Ivy bridge is released but you'll need to upgrade to an ivy bridge chip for that.

I think my best option is to go with lga2011 and the i7 3820. Then if I realllllly feel left behind one day I can upgrade to an ivy bridge-e chip. I think this option gives me a good future and serves my impatience.

Any other opinions?
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