Originally Posted by colleycol
I am very worried about not being future proof.
These days buying a processor that's far too big doesn't "future proof" you. Your system will become obsolete because of changes in technology long before it becomes underpowered. The most likely thing you'd ever need in the future for an HTPC or gaming machine is a new video card. For a general purpose desktop you won't even need that.
As the Hardware Secrets article I provided you reflects, that 8 core AMD cpu is overpriced and underpowered, and it's also way overheated. It won't do anything, and won't "futureproof" you, any more or any better than a much cheaper i5-3400 will do, and the 3400 will use less power and generate far less heat while doing it.
Ok, so you're concerned about "futureproofing." Please explain in what respect you think either of those processors alleviate that concern or will in any respect extend the life of your system.
Buying the most powerful cpu you could afford was a useful way to "future proof" 10 or 15 years ago when software advances used to routinely obsolete hardware. But hardware advances have far far outstripped software demands for many years. That just isn't a real concern any more. Technology is going to obsolete most systems for most people every 5 years or so. Buying far too much cpu today isn't going to alter that timeline.
BTW, I have i5-2500k and i5-3570K regular desktop systems and those are really nice (indeed excessive) cpus that will do anything. They're incredibly powerful. But I use an i3-2100 for my htpc and it will do anything asked of it as well (and I've never experienced "stuttering"; I don't know where people come up with this stuff.) Oh, and also, I bought the K chips because with Micro Center's regular "$50 off a motherboard" bundle deal on those cpus, it was cheaper for me to buy the Ks than it was to buy any of the lower powered i5. If not for that would have bought the i5-2400 and 3400.Edited by Zon2020 - 6/7/12 at 7:35pm