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What parts can I buy now while i wait for Sandy bridge

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February 2, 2011 2:19:55 PM

I have decided im going to stick with sandy bridge and just tough it out until april / may but I have to get the computer before july.

I want to get good deals so i want to buy parts as they have rebates / sales / free shipping / etc

What parts are safe to buy and hang onto while i wait?
February 2, 2011 2:29:25 PM

I'm assuming the case and power supply are probably safe, along with the memory. Maybe not the gpu?

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February 2, 2011 2:32:47 PM
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I've seen many others in this forum advise that it's best to wait and buy all components at once.

To some degree I would agree, especially with the main components. I would suggest you NOT buy motherboard, processor (not an issue, since you're waiting for Sandy Bridge anyway), graphics/video card (these fluctuate in price so often, you should wait until you're ready to use it), RAM (same with fluctuating prices), and hard disks (ditto).

I would say "safe" components to purchase ahead of time (in the couple month timeframe) would be: peripherals (kb/mouse/cardreaders/speakers), sound cards, cd/dvd drives (unless you're looking for anything blueray), and display (if you find a good deal). Also, cabling doesn't tend to change all that much (SATA cables, etc), and for that matter, fans and heat sinks.

Hope this helps you out; good luck with your build!

I enjoyed having a projected planned list, and going back every month and adjusting the parts every month based on newegg and amazon and tigerdirect. I was amazed by the difference from November to January in terms of how much more my money got me in just a few short months.

To give you an idea, better processor, cheaper hard drive, cheaper ram, cheaper and better motherboard, more expensive graphics card (upgraded to GTX580).
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February 2, 2011 2:37:11 PM

As for the GPU, both Nvidia and AMD have not released their multiple GPU cards yet. However if you aren't planning on paying a ton of money for the best card, it should be pretty safe to buy now considering that their new product lines are out. I know amd has a good selection of new cards with their 6000 series. Nvidia's only new card is the 580 i think. (580 is a sweet card).

That is if you can find a sweet deal
February 2, 2011 2:37:25 PM

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