If you were going to get a new motherboard and a new processor, the LGA1155 options would have offered more bang for the buck
mmmm, at $80, the x4 965 BE might just take my recommendation over the Pentium G850 at the moment, even if it is a "legacy" processor. While they do offer roughly the same gaming performance
due to Intels superior IPC, you can't argue against the Phenom's 4 cores. Granted, the x4 965 is at the top of the AMD x4 group while the G850 is in the middle of Intel's dual-core lineup...
Since Bulldozer was a step backward in IPC, it seems like Piledriver might just catch back up to Phenom. Time will tell whether or not they offer new Piledriver FX-series CPUs with the same level of performance as the x4 965 at the same price. (Bulldozer was certainly overpriced for its performance) It seems like they're trying to clear out Phenom inventory in preparation for Piledriver, which would mean the two processor families may not have to do battle for very long? It certainly woudln't hurt to wait and see what Piledriver lauches at, but since Vrock
is in the AMD camp for cheap...I might be tempted to grab a cheap x4 965 after we see what Piledriver FX has to offer and ride that out if I were him.
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