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August 23, 2007 4:29:14 PM

Current general machine is from 2002-2003.

That being the case, and it being composed of nothing special. Upgrading it is not really an option. I'm wondering if I should bother purchasing a new computer in 2007, or wait for the next generation machines of 2008. I know it's impossible to constantly keep up, but if I want a computer that will last for a several years when should I purchase?

I'm not a hardcore gamer by any means; but I do enjoy the odd title. In the future I want to play Bioschock, Starcraft 2; with really nice graphics. I also use my machine for storing pictures from my camera and resizing them etc.

Thanks.
August 23, 2007 4:55:12 PM

Within the next few months there will be several significant new products available such as 45nm CPU's, x38 chipset, ATI and Nvidia's new cards so if you buy right now you will be paying a premium for components which in a couple months will be second tier. If you can wait I think it would be wise to do so but if you don't want to there are components available now which will serve you fine for the next few years, the choice is yours.
August 23, 2007 5:26:30 PM

However, I think in this guys case, he could buy now.
I do not suspect that he needs top end stuff if his current stuff is that old.

A P35 Mobo can now be had for as little as $95 from Gigabyte if you do not want raid. The P38s will be quite expensive to start and not add alot.

I've seen 7900GS cards now for as little as $120 on NewEgg which would give great performance.

Toss in a E2160 for well under a $100 and OC it to 3.0 ghz and you have a very good system for not alot of money.

That way he could play anything he wants today and then upgrade those components later.

Still a Q6600 for $289 and a 8800GTS 320Mb for $240 are still good deals and could be used instead.

But my basic philosophy is, "Does your computer do what you want it to do today? Not next year or next month. Does it meet your needs today? If not, upgrade today. If it does, wait till next month or next year.
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August 23, 2007 5:43:43 PM

u cant wait for new tech , if u want to wait u can never buy , buy a new and good system now and enjoy ,
August 23, 2007 5:48:48 PM

zenmaster is correct in saying I don't require the best stuff.

I understand you cannot keep waiting and try to have the best stuff. But if there was something amazing coming out soon that is truly groundbreaking that would be a reason for waiting. But based on the replies it seems like now is as good a time as ever to purchase.

Thanks!
August 23, 2007 5:57:21 PM

Its the same battle as always. If you buy now something better and cheaper comes out the next day. Always happens like that always will. Thats how technology works. If you dont buy top of the line components the computer wont depreciate as quickly. Just buy now.
August 23, 2007 6:21:00 PM

Kurse said:
zenmaster is correct in saying I don't require the best stuff.

I understand you cannot keep waiting and try to have the best stuff. But if there was something amazing coming out soon that is truly groundbreaking that would be a reason for waiting. But based on the replies it seems like now is as good a time as ever to purchase.

Thanks!


Just build something around the Q6600. It's quad core and should last for years I would think. Get a P35 mobo with it and really everything else is always upgradable - you can always put in another graphics card after a few years (but I would think a current DX10 card should be more than enough for your uses). Generally if you buy good solid parts they will last you for years. Hell, I still have an old IBM PC running DOS with it's Intel 8088 @ 4.77 MHz and it's 640 kB RAM. :kaola:  Granted it can't do anything graphical and it uses a 5.25 floppy and I think the hard drive is *maybe* 20MB ;)  But it still does what it was designed to do VERY well considering it's 20+ years old. I can still boot it up and run WordPerfect and Lotus 1-2-3 (this was before Microsoft Office with Word and Excel :lol:  ).

Main thing is just to get quality parts that will last. My main system right now is from 2003 - it has a P4 @ 2.66GHz, Radeon 9600 XT (AGP), 1GB of RAM, and a 160GB hard drive. It's not blazing fast, but it still suits my needs and plays the games I play (i.e. BF2, CSS, etc.). I'll probably upgrade later this year to play Crysis and Bioshock and whatever else, but for now my 2003 system works fine.

And that's the main thing - get a system that works for you and get quality parts that will last. :) 

August 23, 2007 6:37:44 PM

Maziar said:
u cant wait for new tech , if u want to wait u can never buy , buy a new and good system now and enjoy ,



I totally agree, there is always something new right around the corner but my point is this, people who bought the 8800GTX when it came out have enjoyed a year of having the top video card out there. Prices haven't dropped much since it's release and sure there is the Ultra but a GTX can be overclocked to Ultra speeds. New products will always be on the horizon and prices will always decrease but I like to feel I got my money's worth and buying something and having the price drop significantly or a better product released a couple months later pisses me off. I'm still a little bitter about my old system when I bought a FX5900 Ultra for $450 and a month later the Radeon 9800 was released. I like to buy at the beginning of a products cycle rather than at the end.

That being said all of you are absolutely correct. The OP could buy a system today for around $600 that would easily last a few years and be useful and upgradeable. I was just putting the information out there that with the holiday season right around the corner that in the very near future there will be some significant new products and if he's not in any hurry it might be in his best interest to wait.
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Mix Match Pieces to fit your budget.
Consider adding Multiple Drives for Backup.
An OS will be another $100 if you need that.
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