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Good moment to upgrade CPU + Motherboard?

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April 10, 2013 9:14:35 AM


Recently my video card died, so I would like to buy a replacement. I was thinking of 7970 or a 7950.

I have a AMD phenom ii 945 with its respective AM3 socket (not am3+) Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H motherboard.
I think that most likely my PC will be bottlenecked and I will not get the most performance of the gpu because of my processor, so I was thinking in maybe also upgrading the CPU.

Due to my CPU + Motherboard combo, going for the AMD FX-8350 would require to buy a new motherboard as well as going for the Intel i5 way.
But, do you think that right now is a good moment to invest in a CPU? is something coming in the next months that could deserve waiting for it with a bottlenecked system?

Thank you very much!
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April 10, 2013 9:19:58 AM

is never a good time, there is always something new coming in the next few months.

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April 10, 2013 9:31:24 AM

+1 rgd

While there is something coming down the pike (there is always something coming down the pike), The performance from a processor like the Intel® Core™ i5-3570K which will allow you to overclock easily with a Z77 chipset based board. Will allow you to get an outstanding system that should last for years to come.
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April 10, 2013 9:52:49 AM

With the imminent release of the Haswell line, its likely that the 3rd gen processors will see a decrease in cost. Intel however knows that the 3570 (K) is a highly desired CPU and its not likely that those will drop much. AMD may also drop their prices in relation a bit as well to try and steer profit from their competitor.

But like RGD said, there is never a "good" time to upgrade -- buying the best you can afford only increases the future-proofing timeframe
April 10, 2013 10:57:16 AM

Ok, Thank you all!