Originally Posted by Dent1
As others have said. Socket 775 is dead and gone already!
Yes if you stick a good processor in it it'll be fast enough but you will be gimped as far as future upgrades.
Buy socket AM3+ or AM3 and stick in high clocked Athlon II X4, it'll be just as fast as the Q-series but you'll have the possibility to upgrade up to a Phenom II X6 later.
Socket 775 CPU's are difficult to find now. In almost 2 years I doubt you'll find a socket 775 compatible CPU unless its second hand and/or overpriced.
Originally Posted by Fourstaff
What's in my mind: wait for a AM3+ motherboard, plug in a cheap Athlon II x3 or similar for lowest cost, then slowly upgrade your way through, eventually hitting the 8 core Bulldozers. the 775 is 2 generations behind, the 1156 is being phased out slowly in favour of the 1155. Also, in 2 years time (which I assume is a good time to upgrade), new 775 chips will be next to impossible to find, and the market will be completely dominated by 2nd hand chips, and the prices might be horrible.
Off topic: I bought my laptop for £370 a year ago (bout 26k peso?), it was a very good deal. However, I am starting to regret it because while is a perfectly good buy, I need a much more powerful processor for all the data crunching I am currently doing.
AMD makes an effort maintain backward compatibility. Intel does not. With Intel, a new cpu almost always means a new board. Just take the difference between sandybridge 1155 and the previous 1156. Do you really believe that Intel couldn't have made that chip backward compatible to the 1156 boards?
The 775 socket is the only one that lasted more than one cpu generation in recent memory. But that socket is dead and gone. If he wants to "upgrade" on a 775 m/b it will be to a chip that will be 2-3 generations old by the time he is ready.
An AM3 board makes much more sense and you can be reasonably assured that if it is possible for future cpu's to be backward compatible, AMD will make versions that will be.
Bulldozer is the big question mark right now and most of what I've read seems to say that it will probably require a new socket. However I'm not up to date on Bulldozer news. Knowing AMD, if it is possible to make a BD version that will work in AM3 boards, then they will. You can't expect that from Intel.