Upgrade recommendations wanted for video editing and basic use desktop
I am looking to upgrading my current PC running and old AMD CPU.
Basically I am looking at replacing the CPU, motherboard and memory, with the possibility of including a SSD for the OS (Linux Mint probably).
Mostly I will using the pc for daily browsing, emailing etc and for transcoding HD video into DVD size films.
I have obviously been looking into the Sandy Bridge vs Bulldozer debate and looking at the open benchmarking site for comparisons. It does look like the AMD FX 8150 CPU wins the transcoding battle using ffmpeg but loses the war in general against the Sandy Bridge.
What I am having difficulty in finding is what the near future holds with regards to Intel Activesync (which has good results in Windows) becoming Linux compatible, what Ivy Bridge will bring and the plans of AMD after the FX 8150.
So, in a nutshell:
What are the CPU and motherboard recommendations for Linux when it comes to daily use and video transcoding? Budget around € 300 for each component.
Bearing in mind I am interested in a machine that will last some time with possibly only a CPU upgrade in 2 or 3 years time.