Is i5-3570K more futureproof than i5 2500K?


I am planning a new build for the beginning of May.
I set my mind om the i5-2500k. However, the Ivy Bridge i5-3570k just came out and its roughly $40 more expensive that the i5-2500k here in Canada.

I am not a huge gamer and I dont think I would require PCI 3.0 support. I am planning not to do an upgrade for 4 years. As such, although on a budget, I would like to have a system which will allow me a decent computer experience (i.e. not having a lag when browisng the internet or not having enough power to run Windows 9 if it will come out by then). My Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 was purchased 5 yrs ago, and it sill runs good.

So in short, will bying an Ivy Bridge i5-3570k be a better decision if my next upgrade will only be in 2016? Is the Sandy Bridge i5-2500k just as "futureproof" as the i5-3570k and the release of the Haswell and Skylake architecture will make them both "outdated" around the same time? In which case it doesn't matter whether one had a Sandy Bridge or an Ivy Bridge CPU.

Thanks for any feedback.
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  1. Its the socket they use that determines their "future-proofness" and since they both use socket 1155 they have the same expiration date. Its my opinion that the i5-2500k will serve you better than the IB as it can clock higher to make up for the slight performance gain the IB brings to the table.
    edit - just make sure you get an IB capable motherbd so that in 3 years when you might want a slight upgrade you can run a (hopefully) much higher clocked IB or newer.
  2. Both are roughly the same. Ivy may be a hair better, but that's about it
  3. The biggest boost in performance (or "future proof-ness") is the integrated HD 4000 graphics core. Of course if you are going to add a video card, then that basically negates the HD 4000.

    Either way, once Haswell comes out socket 1155 will go EOL.
  4. ^Unless you use Lucid Virtu which allows for you to also use Quick Sync which is 2x faster than IB a good majority of the time.

    One thing I want to see is the new Lucid MVP in action and see what that does. Its supposed to basically be able to use the IGP as a frame buffer to help deliver better FPS.......
  5. Thanks for replying guys.

    I went with i5-2500k, which was on sale for $199 CAD on NCIX. It was
    $40 cheaper than the i5-3570k.
  6. logiclxm said:
    Thanks for replying guys.

    I went with i5-2500k, which was on sale for $199 CAD on NCIX. It was
    $40 cheaper than the i5-3570k.

    Good choice - pure logic.
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