System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Programming, Video Encoding, Internet, Porn
Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Windows, Speakers, Headset
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, tiger direct
Country: United States
Parts Preferences: Whatever the best is atm.
Overclocking: I've never tried because I'm scared of blowing stuff up.
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
I know that with the way technology progresses you're never going to have the best for long but I've been itching to build a new computer just because I enjoy it. My current specs aren't too too bad considering I built this machine almost two years ago with a few upgrades since.
Should I upgrade at all? Wait for Ivybridge and the 7000 series video cards? Thunderbolt coming to motherboards soon?
Am I going to see a decent performance difference now or in a few months when some of this new tech comes out?
As for upgrade now - general guidance from THG's Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: January 2012
Gaming CPU Hierarchy Chart
Your Core i7-920 CPU would be only a 1 tier upgrade vs the 3 tier upgrade goal that the THG article recommends.
I think you'd have an extra option to choose from.
The currently available stuff will likely drop in price.
That would be an extra option but I think I would still be able to fit the new tech into my budget. Wouldn't make much sense to wait for the new tech to come out just to buy the old stuff and save a few dollars.
The world of technology is always growing. If you buy something today, something better is going to come out tomorrow. You can't just wait until technology "caps," and you get the really good stuff at a decent price. Otherwise, you would end up never buying it.