Quote: Originally Posted by Trucidation
Hmm... I spec for games, so CPU + video card are the first and major considerations
Those are the first choices, yes. But why lock in on a specific processor until the very end (especially when prices drop all the time). I'll give you an example. My system is running an i7-2600. I knew I wanted a Sandy bridge proc, so I specced out all the other components around that family of processors. When it was time to buy, Intel issued a price cut on them, and I went from an i5-2400 to the i7-2600 for only a few bucks more than I planned to spend.
I think you misunderstood my point. I choose the processor family first. Then I go about the other parts. Since I chose a P67 board...I can then run any Sandy Bridge proc....so I picked the best one that fit my budget. Had I bought the processor first, I'd be running an i5 instead of an i7.