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First ever build this September or later. Wait for Maxwell and Broadwell?

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May 21, 2014 7:48:13 AM

As the title suggests, I'm planning on building my first ever gaming PC this September, specifically towards the end of September.

I know that official sources are saying that Maxwell GPUs will be early 2015 and Broadwell should be this September so should I wait until Maxwell is out or just grab a 780 Ti and a Broadwell if they're out by the time I come to build?

Edit: I would be planning on getting a GTX 880 if I do wait.

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Miles.

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May 21, 2014 8:04:15 AM

Maxwell should bring nice performance per watt gains as we have seen with the 750/750 ti but like you said, it won't be out in september. One solution would be to buy broadwell cpu and rely on the integrated gpu for 3-4 months.
I don't know what games you want to play but Broadwell is suppose to include iris pro gpu which is capable to handle most modern games at 1080p with low to medium settings.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/7875/new-unlocked-iris-pr...
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May 21, 2014 8:08:28 AM

I guess it depends how patient you want to be. Also, it depends on your budget and needs. Are you trying to buy the best GPU you possibly can for under $1000 dollars (no Titan or 690/7990 etc.)? If so, then waiting for Maxwell might be worth your while. If your budget can't exceed the price of a GTX 780 Ti, then I doubt you'd be benefited by waiting for the new architecture.

As for Broadwell, at the very least buy a Z97 motherboard, no matter when you buy your computer. I can't say for certain, but Broadwell will most likely bring incredible efficiency and a sizable boost in IGPU power, however I doubt sheer processing power will be much different from Haswell. Sure, broadwell has a large last level cache (LLC), but I really can't say how much that will improve performance over Haswell. I doubt it will be worth the price premium of a new product, but only time will tell!

I would at least wait for the Devil's Canyon releases before buying a CPU.
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May 21, 2014 8:14:57 AM

Really the only thing you would see getting the top-end Maxwell card (complete shot in the dark - going off every other NVIDIA release) would be less power consumption, and a little better performance.

There certainly is nothing wrong with getting the 780 Ti, and I doubt there would be any kind of 'buyer's remorse' when Maxwell does ship the top-end card. The 780 Ti will give you max at 1080p/1440p.
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May 21, 2014 8:16:22 AM

sky2 said:
Maxwell should bring nice performance per watt gains as we have seen with the 750/750 ti but like you said, it won't be out in september. One solution would be to buy broadwell cpu and rely on the integrated gpu for 3-4 months.
I don't know what games you want to play but Broadwell is suppose to include iris pro gpu which is capable to handle most modern games at 1080p with low to medium settings.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/7875/new-unlocked-iris-pr...


Yeah, I read about the Iris graphics. That's exactly what I was planning on doing actually.
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May 21, 2014 8:19:43 AM

DonQuixoteMC said:
I guess it depends how patient you want to be. Also, it depends on your budget and needs. Are you trying to buy the best GPU you possibly can for under $1000 dollars (no Titan or 690/7990 etc.)? If so, then waiting for Maxwell might be worth your while. If your budget can't exceed the price of a GTX 780 Ti, then I doubt you'd be benefited by waiting for the new architecture.

As for Broadwell, at the very least buy a Z97 motherboard, no matter when you buy your computer. I can't say for certain, but Broadwell will most likely bring incredible efficiency and a sizable boost in IGPU power, however I doubt sheer processing power will be much different from Haswell. Sure, broadwell has a large last level cache (LLC), but I really can't say how much that will improve performance over Haswell. I doubt it will be worth the price premium of a new product, but only time will tell!

I would at least wait for the Devil's Canyon releases before buying a CPU.


I'm looking at buying the ASUS Z97 Pro.

I have the budget to get any GPU under $1000 so I probably will.
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May 21, 2014 8:23:48 AM

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Really the only thing you would see getting the top-end Maxwell card (complete shot in the dark - going off every other NVIDIA release) would be less power consumption, and a little better performance.

There certainly is nothing wrong with getting the 780 Ti, and I doubt there would be any kind of 'buyer's remorse' when Maxwell does ship the top-end card. The 780 Ti will give you max at 1080p/1440p.


The only thing I'm worried about is the vRAM in the 780 Ti. I know that 3GB is perfectly fine for pretty much anything at 1080p right now but I would be more comfortable having a 4GB nVidia card.
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May 21, 2014 8:25:11 AM

3GB is more than enough for 1440p, but I understand the concern for future proofing :)  lol
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