How easily people forget just how often Intel would change both it's socket type and memory when it was basically the only game in town for high end performance. AMD finally changes things up after sticking to its promise to AM4 keep for many years giving users easy and consistent upgrades until now and everyone is whining. Please.
Very much this.
I will be picking up an AM5 system soon (maybe BF/CM). I look forward to being able to carry AT LEAST my motherboard into 2025 and beyond. There will DEFINITELY be a CPU upgrade path. There will most likely be a faster/cheaper RAM upgrade path. Yes, AM5 motherboards are expensive.
But also, YES, if you want to go cheaper on the whole package (CPU, motherboard, RAM) and pick up an Intel 13th-gen system, then you will buy into the last CPU gen to be on LGA1700. Intel's 14th-gen will be on a brand new socket (LGA 2551).
For those who already have some components, the choice is harder, of course. If you already have an Intel LGA1700 motherboard (that is compatible with Intel-13th gen), decent RAM, and a good PSU, Intel's 13th-gen is a no-brainer for breathing new life into an aging system.