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Should I upgrade now or wait? (need help fast)

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November 28, 2013 6:55:44 PM

I have an Alienware aurora (please don't judge me I got it when I didn't know much about computers). Anyway, it has an i7 930 that I attempted to OC but the alienware motherboard made it nearly impossible so I just gave up. I upgraded the gpu to a gigabyte gtx 660 andI have 10 gigs of ram and will be getting like 8 more in a few days for free. I have a 1 TB 7200 rpm hdd that I will certainly be upgrading to a 1 TB SSHD and then I will use the HDD as my backup drive. I really want to upgrade and make my own personal computer though. I will probably be getting around a grand for christmas and my birthday, but I don't know if I should just get another gtx 660 (they are selling for $150 w/ AC4 and SC: Blacklist) and throw it into my system for now until the new broadwell CPUs come out and then invest in a new CPU/Mobo combo as well as a new graphics card and just throw my RAM and hard drives in my new system. Or should I invest in a new CPU/Mobo combo and a whole new graphics card now? If I wait for the broadwell CPUs I am going to try my hardest to get passed alienware's shitty BIOS to OC my CPU. Also if I do decide to upgrade now I already have my head set on the i5 3570k unless someone else can really justify me purchasing another. I would really need help deciding on a motherboard however.

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November 28, 2013 7:04:54 PM

It I a tough decision on when to upgrade and when to sit and wait, The i7-930 is a triple channel CPU I believe so your using triple channel ram. The new Motherboards are dual channel and quad channel so that makes it hard to get triple channel to work properly on those boards. If you go for a new build then it should be a complete new build so everything is in sync.

Your best option at the moment may be to get another 660 and run SLI and bank your coming gift money and continue to add to it as you can so that you can build a proper gaming rig from the ground up.
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November 28, 2013 7:16:30 PM

inzone said:
It I a tough decision on when to upgrade and when to sit and wait, The i7-930 is a triple channel CPU I believe so your using triple channel ram. The new Motherboards are dual channel and quad channel so that makes it hard to get triple channel to work properly on those boards. If you go for a new build then it should be a complete new build so everything is in sync.

Your best option at the moment may be to get another 660 and run SLI and bank your coming gift money and continue to add to it as you can so that you can build a proper gaming rig from the ground up.


I honestly didn't even think of that. But yes I am using triple channel ram. Dang.... Well do you think I should invest in another 660 as well as an SSHD for faster boot times? I want an SSHD in my new system, so I can just format it and start fresh with my new system when I do decide to build one from the ground up.
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November 29, 2013 8:19:21 AM

If you want to get another 660 for SLI that's fine and it will improve your gaming performance. You can also get the SSHD as it can be just reformatted if you do a new build.
When you do rebuild you can keep the SSDH and even the two 660"s if you were in between releases. The new build will center around the CPU , Motherboard and Ram and that will allow you to do what you want with video cards since they can be easily swapped out.
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