General Cliff is considering the unthinkable discussion (Intel hardware)
Okay Icrontic... Here is the deal.
I'm thinking about downsizing my PC on my desk. I've already finished phase one, I sold my crossfire cards and just consolidated for a single 390X. I'm going to buy a freesync monitor, not sure what yet, but probably about 27" and just running 1080 or 1440, I'm totally disinterested in a 4K display. I'm thinking the extra investment in Freesync will help level out the rest of my hardware costs gaming, I'll run single card for life now, don't care about the DX12 promises, not buying into AMD's promise that HSA and hardware load balancing will ever make it into game development in any major way. I just want a simple single card build, probably with an mATX board and smaller case to take up less room and just be all around simpler.
Waiting for Zen kind of isn't an option. My current AM3+ board is wonky as hell, I've totally re installed Windows, tested all the other hardware, I'm sure there are Mobo issues, it's launch day Gigabyte 990fx UD3. The on-board Ethernet has failed, certain USB ports are not working, it crashes randomly despite good temps and power delivery. I have to make a decision on how to remedy now..
So here is what I have, I have 16 GB of performance DDR3, I have an FX 8350.... If my primary mission is gaming for performance (which it is, I do very little video encoding and such)... does it make sense to sell off my FX8350 and go Intel, or... Should I just swap our my motherboard?
Is moving from AM3+ to something like Skylake worth a $500 investment when you factor in the i7 and RAM (I'll pay the premium for the extra "just in case" threads, going from 8 to 4 on an i5 will just feel wrong)... Should I just move my RAM over and do a Haswell build which would save me $100+ or so when you consider the CPU is about 15% less in cost and the RAM can just be moved over... Will the gaming performance feel justified or should I just consider staying inside my big ass Corsair 600T and swap for a new AM3+ mobo. Are there any AM3+ boards that support PCIE Gen 3? When we are talking about hard gaming performance, how CPU dependent have games become over the past couple years? When the system isn't crashing I seem to be playing overwatch fine cranked at 1080P but I understand titles like Diablo III (which I intend to get into) and maybe the Witcher, they seem to favor that Intel single core throughput...
Shoot me straight Icrontic, should I even be thinking about doing the unholy here and building Intel?