I'm looking at upgrading my computer also, from an old socket 939 Athlon x2 4800+. I hear u DDR memory is very slow also. I can play darksiders 2 with 25-30FPS, TIME TO UPGRADE. Choosing the AMD route is cheaper, the AM3+ mobos are not as expensive and the 1155 mobos with comparable features and if the 1155 is dead the AM3+ is a bunch cheaper then the 2011 sockets. with you wanting to keep using your current AMD CPU, I would go with the mobo and memory and upgrade to steamroller when it comes out. the Steamroller will not be a record breaker, but will be cheaper than a comparable Haswell Core, similar to the FX8350 and i5 3570k, and do very well in games. as far as Future proofing I do not now the minds of AMD or Intel, but trying to prepare for something a year or more out is hard to do. from what I read the Broadwell (5th Gen Core from Intel) will be a SoC which will, from what I understand, a brand new socket to accommodate the the integrated Ethernet, Thunderbolt, and USB3. and as far as the excavator goes it is highly likely that it will be a AM3+ chip as well because they are just advancing the architecture for Bulldozer and Piledriver and not drastically altering the chip. As far as buying a AMD system because of the consoles running AMD the choice to run an AMD x86 chip in the consoles was more of a choice to get more games to be made on consoles. I am sure AMD is hoping that companies that do multi platform game engines (Cryengine, Unreal, Frostbite, etc) will try to better adapt the game engine with the FX cores. if they and others do start to incorporate these advancements for AMD, AMD might pull ahead 10% over Intel; but they will be so close in performance we will still be talking about AMD is better for this game (metro 2033) and Intel is better for that game (Battlefield 3). either way AMD and Intel Chips will do very well in gaming conditions. What I am doing I was planning to upgrade later this year to a new system with steamroller, but someone I know wanted a cheap computer for internet surfing and videos so they are buying mine. so I am disappointing that I could not of waited for the Steamroller to come out to go straight to that. I am personally left with the choose from FX8350 and the I5 3570k. a local store https://www.microcenter.com/ (they are all over the place so check it out) is having a sale currently for Local pickups. the i5 with an ASRock z77 is going for $220 with tax (including a -$40 with CPU/MOBO combo). Conclusion I led u both ways with Intel and AMD, but with you wanting to use your current system and make small upgrades over the next few months I would go with AMD. if you want to put out the extra cash and get the "Dead" 1155 with a i5 or i7 that is on sale that would be good also. link: AMD Metro 2033 bench. http://teksyndicate.com/videos/amd-...s-3820-gaming-and-xsplit-streaming-benchmarks PS. the steamroller Chips might come with a free game with the never settle bundle, similar to the A10 and A8 trinity APUs with SimCity. something to consider.