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March 6, 2014 4:33:51 AM

Hi, I am not in an urgent rush to buy a new computer but there are a few new games coming out this year which would be nice to run on a new computer. Current one is 4 years old.

Is it worth buying the current chip, or better to wait for the new broadwell chip which is supposed to use the new 14nm architecture?

Also is it worth waiting for nvidia 800 series which is supposed to use the 22nm architecture?
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March 6, 2014 4:52:02 AM

If you are waiting for new stuff, you will be waiting for forever. There will always be new stuff.
Those nanometres just mean the chip will have more transistors. Business as usual in other words. DDR4 is supposed to come out too but I doubt there is any noticable difference to DDR3.
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March 6, 2014 5:02:54 AM

if you have a quad first gen i5 or i7 i would wait to see what broadwell brings, rumours of ddr4 support, quad channel support. although i have read that intel will be doing away with some sockets for broadwell so they may not be the best overclocking parts.
as for the 800 series gpu's you will likely be waiting 9 months or more for them to turn up. even then the numbers will be tiny and the price will be high.

ddr4 will be slow at first and will be expensive in comparison to ddr3 fo at least 18 months after release.
even if the launch speeds are 3200+ there still gonna be roughly x2 the latency of ddr3 so overall speed wont change that much although you will have much more usable bandwidth.
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March 6, 2014 5:03:08 AM

get your components now, as new components will cost you a fortune when they first come out i.e., DDR4 Ram is expected on intel's new 5xxx's chipsets. That'll cost so much. best to get things now as they are quite cheap and will last you quite a while.
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March 6, 2014 5:06:25 AM

If you wait in all likelihood it'll be 2015 before the real desktop chips come. Nvidia has no release dates for the new 800 series that I know of so it may be a while.

If your waiting for DDR4 you probably won't see a difference unless your video editing or using a iGPU
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March 6, 2014 5:32:14 AM

Well I have heard the rumors of BGA (Ball Grid Array) Socket coming up. The processor is directly soldered to mobo which ends all the hope of upgrading the CPU (unless you have expertise in soldering). Waiting just never ends for computing devices newer and better things spring up very fast as its most progressing industry. If you assemble a nice build now you won't have any trouble with it for a span of 3-4 years on avg.
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March 6, 2014 5:46:29 AM

I'd buy now, as mentioned earlier if you wait you wait forever.
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March 6, 2014 5:57:11 AM

AshyCFC said:
I'd buy now, as mentioned earlier if you wait you wait forever.


Yep the perfect time is always now.
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March 6, 2014 6:14:51 AM

It depends on what your current system is, whether buying new is truly worth it.
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March 6, 2014 6:23:40 AM

In the last few years, the improvements in AMD and Intel chips were so slow that you'd have to wait like 2-3 generations to see real improvements. Just buy the best you can find right now.
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March 6, 2014 10:10:06 AM

khicharkumar said:
Well I have heard the rumors of BGA (Ball Grid Array) Socket coming up. The processor is directly soldered to mobo which ends all the hope of upgrading the CPU (unless you have expertise in soldering). Waiting just never ends for computing devices newer and better things spring up very fast as its most progressing industry. If you assemble a nice build now you won't have any trouble with it for a span of 3-4 years on avg.


Those are still just slated for low end and laptops like they are now. Hopefully that doesn't change but I doubt that will change or else AMD will have a real chance to catch up with exchangeable sockets.
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March 6, 2014 9:25:33 PM

thanks for all the responses. time to start looking for a build
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March 6, 2014 9:37:00 PM

If you'd like help/suggestions just post a budget and PC purpose.
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