I'm looking to purchase a new gaming desktop fairly soon with a GTX 680, however i'm torn between Sandy Bridge E and Ivy Bridge 1155.
I will primarily use the system for gaming, general use such as web browsing, and from time to time video editing and 3D design.
Early benchmarks suggest that the 3820 and 3770 are very similar in terms of performance and both the socket 1155 and socket 2011 boards have PCI-E 3.0, however:
- Socket 2011 allows you to take advantage of Quad Channel memory. Will this make a difference in gaming?
- Ivy Bridge Extreme may be available for Socket 2011 boards in the future.
Given the info above and that my two options will more or less cost the same price which would be the smarter purchase? Socket 2011 + 3820 or Socket 1155 + 3770 when it becomes available later in the month?
If 2011 +3820 turns out to be the better choice overall I will most likely purchase long before ivy bridge is released.
Thank you all for your help.