This is difficult, feeling strangely similar to cheating on a girlfriend, as I've been an exclusive AMD loyalist since I built my first PC in 2000. AMD's heyday has long ago evaporated and they're content with offering a better price/performance ratio than Intel for CPU's. Though this holds true for Intel's Core i7 3960X which costs an insane $1K, I understand that an Intel Core i7 4770 (Haswel) will be available for $380. Since AMD's best CPU, the FX-8350 is only competitive with Intel Core i5's, this deflates AMD's price/performance ratio argument. I'm conflicted. Do I stay with my girlfriend, who's gotten a love handle and frumpy, or go for the long-legged cheerleader? Help. According to Anand Lal Shimpi, AMD's Piledriver does best in multi-threaded applications, edging Core i5 and even Core i7, but gets trounced in single threaded applications. I'm a gamer and games are single threaded. If it were just that simple, but Intel's road map points to BGA and then upgrading options will bottleneck; going for the sexy cheerleader will come with all sort of caveats. I want to upgrade from my long-in-the-tooth Phenom II 965 BE, but I also want a good long term strategy. Will games become multi-threaded? Again, please help
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