To point it out a last time, the latest AMD are not octacores, they are more less 4 dualcores (actually they are neither of it per definition), which makes a considerable difference in the way they work. The problem is, that most people have no idea about VLSI, which the abbreviation most likely just proofs nor processor design/architecture.
Just like AMD names them, “Clustered Integer Cores” or “Modules” is fine. The problem are the people that read just “core”, and imply a native “core”, or just imply amount of “threads” equals amount of “cores” in the windows task manager.
Anyways, you could just wait a bit, with some luck Intel CPUs will drop in price again, as they’re about to launch their 8, 12 and 15 core CPUs. But I doubt it will be a noticeable drop in price. Unfortunately Intel knows they’re ahead of AMD and can charge for their CPUs.
And there’s a reason why AMD want’s to retire from the regular consumer CPU market and focus on APUs and server CPUs.
However, today should be a big announcement from AMD, I am already curious what it’s going to be.
Personally I’d recommend to get a Ci5 at the moment, best value for gaming and rendering and easy to overclock. A Ci7 obviously would be faster, but the performance gain does not grow linear anymore with the price. So it’s little more performance for a lot more money.
Always consider what you are going to use your CPU for. In this forum are many advocating to buy Intel only, or to buy AMD only.
It depends on the utilization of the CPU, if it’s a rendernode, a workstation, or if you game as well on it. There’s a CPU for everyone, but not every CPU satisfies all needs… just like with software
I’d either get a 570/580 with as much memory as possible, or go for the 600 series. It can’t stay slow (slower than the 500 series) forever in CUDA (at least I hope), and it’s just great for gaming.
For some of the machines in the studio we got some GTX 660 TI, because we needed more rendernodes right away (really like “Now!”) to hit a deadline, and those where the only ones reasonable priced and available on site.
For gaming, very fast, for rendering decent. A nice balance between those too and reasonably priced. Actually the first x60 series I’d recommend (although the 560 was quite nice too). Usually I advocate the x70 series, as they are neither the most expensive, nor the ones with drawbacks to lower cost (slower memory, smaller memory bus, noticeable lower clocks, drastic lack of CUDA cores…)
Then again, the more money you pay, the faster it becomes.
You have to do some math, how much money each GFLOP costs, and how many Watts each GFLOP burns.
Get the one with the most value for you, the best price to performance ratio and the most amount of VRAM. Easy as pie.