After a multi-year absence from the PC gaming circuit I'm looking to enter the fray once more. My objective is to build a budget PC that has a stable enough base to allow for gradual upgrades over the next few years. The CPU / Motherboard combo suggested to me is the AMD A-10 5800K and ASUS F2A85.
So, a few questions:
1) Will Socket FM2 AMD chips be around for a few years?
2) Is AMD FM2 a decent base to start a gaming* rig? That is, do I need to be looking at a different chipset entirely? *when I say "gaming", I an not concerned with running the latest and greatest games at full detail at the highest resolution possible. I've got a huge catalog of older games (Doom 3, RCT3, Homeworld 2, Company of Heroes, etc.) to work through, with some newer games I'm interested in (Starcraft II, Crysis 2, etc.)
3) Down the road, I do plan to buy a dedicated GPU. Once I do that, will my CPU become the limiting factor for this build?
If it helps: My plan is to use that CPU / MOBO combo and use the other parts listed here to build my PC: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AOWd
I already own a suitable case, hard drive, and optical drives.
3) Due to the aforementioned factor, I'd recommend upgrading as soon as possible. One of my friends has used a HD 7850 quite comfortable with that setup without bottlenecking. Going by the old "spend twice as much on the GPU as you do on the CPU" axiom, I'd recommend nothing more expensive than a HD 7870 or GTX 660.
Thanks for putting the topic in the appropriate area. I wasn't sure if this was more of a CPU discussion or a system build discussion.
Cball: I'm located in he USA. Budget is to be determined, but cheaper is better. Take a look at the PCPartPicker link in my first post for where I'm headed. Like I said in my OP, I was mainly wondering how "future-proof" the AMD FM2 series is. Should I plan on being able to put a newer, better CPU in there two years from now?
Go intel, better upgrades in the future.
LGA 1155 is currently the way you want to go for gaming, but its outdated a bit.
No such thing as future proof, ever.
Oh, and if you go Intel, i5 3470 (If not overclocking), i5 3570k (if overclocking)