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February 13, 2012 9:45:50 PM

I don't want to wait for Ivy Bridge, the one that is equivalent to i5 2500k, so I came up with an idea of purchasing the i3 2100 ($124) (now), and still purchase Asus Z68 Pro/GEN and HD 7970 and then purchase the Ivy Bridge in April. Is this a bad idea? Am I bottlenecking the GPU and CPU?

The games I want to play is the decade old Morrowind and QuakeLive, so I don't need much power now; should I just get a really dirt cheap GPU and wait till April to see if the HD 7970 will be any cheaper, or whenever the next generation Nvidia card comes out?

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February 13, 2012 9:54:07 PM

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I don't want to wait for Ivy Bridge, the one that is equivalent to i5 2500k, so I came up with an idea of purchasing the i3 2100 ($124) (now), and still purchase Asus Z68 Pro/GEN and HD 7970 and then purchase the Ivy Bridge in April. Is this a bad idea? Am I bottlenecking the GPU and CPU?


That's actually good. Ivy is incredibly overrated right now when we haven't seen anything. I think the people who have their hopes up now are going to be severely disappointed much like everyone was when AMD released the Bulldozer/FX/Zambezi/whatever CPUs.

However an i3-2120 and a 7970 is a very unbalanced buy. You could drop the 7970 to the 7950 and save $100. That will give you plenty of ample room to purchase the i5-2500K. If you drop the video card to a 6970 you could get a better motherboard, 2500K, and a good aftermarket cooler. I can show you a couple of examples if you'd want.

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The games I want to play is the decade old Morrowind and QuakeLive, so I don't need much power now; should I just get a really dirt cheap GPU and wait till April to see if the HD 7970 will be any cheaper, or whenever the next generation Nvidia card comes out?


The next generation NVIDIA cards are going to start rolling out around May - June, starting with the 660 and 670. I doubt we'll see a price drop on the 7970 but I could be wrong.
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February 13, 2012 9:55:37 PM

There is are new chipset for ivy bridge I believe .

Research them and see what the differences to Z68 are . If its just the inclusion of USB3 then building now makes sense , but if its more than that then it may be best to wait
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February 13, 2012 10:15:25 PM

g-unit1111 said:
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I don't want to wait for Ivy Bridge, the one that is equivalent to i5 2500k, so I came up with an idea of purchasing the i3 2100 ($124) (now), and still purchase Asus Z68 Pro/GEN and HD 7970 and then purchase the Ivy Bridge in April. Is this a bad idea? Am I bottlenecking the GPU and CPU?


That's actually good. Ivy is incredibly overrated right now when we haven't seen anything. I think the people who have their hopes up now are going to be severely disappointed much like everyone was when AMD released the Bulldozer/FX/Zambezi/whatever CPUs.

However an i3-2120 and a 7970 is a very unbalanced buy. You could drop the 7970 to the 7950 and save $100. That will give you plenty of ample room to purchase the i5-2500K. If you drop the video card to a 6970 you could get a better motherboard, 2500K, and a good aftermarket cooler. I can show you a couple of examples if you'd want.

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The games I want to play is the decade old Morrowind and QuakeLive, so I don't need much power now; should I just get a really dirt cheap GPU and wait till April to see if the HD 7970 will be any cheaper, or whenever the next generation Nvidia card comes out?


The next generation NVIDIA cards are going to start rolling out around May - June, starting with the 660 and 670. I doubt we'll see a price drop on the 7970 but I could be wrong.


Thank you! Can you tell me if this will work? i3 ($129) (which is best? 2100 or 2120>) and Sappire HD 6770 ($99) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..., but I want to buy a ($200) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... mother board for future HD 7970 and Ivy processor in May. I guess the question is will this temporary cheap purchase run Morrowind and Quake III maxed out?


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February 13, 2012 10:19:42 PM

Alyus said:
Thank you! Can you tell me if this will work? i3 ($129) (which is best? 2100 or 2120>) and Sappire HD 6770 ($99) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..., but I want to buy a ($200) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... mother board for future HD 7970 and Ivy processor in May. I guess the question is will this temporary cheap purchase run Morrowind and Quake III maxed out?


Oh yeah easily. The 6770 is the best sub-$100 card on the market right now. And that motherboard is a good choice if you want to be future-proof.

The 2100 and 2120 are essentially the same CPU - 2120 has a slightly higher clock (3.3 as opposed to 3.1). It's the CPU I use in my work computer and I highly recommend it.

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I don't understand this tech talk. Please convert it to something that I can understand.


It's mainly just differences between one board vs. the other. The Asus board you linked to has one of the more future-proof feature sets on the market.
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February 13, 2012 10:36:18 PM

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February 13, 2012 11:10:47 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Oh yeah easily. The 6770 is the best sub-$100 card on the market right now. And that motherboard is a good choice if you want to be future-proof.

The 2100 and 2120 are essentially the same CPU - 2120 has a slightly higher clock (3.3 as opposed to 3.1). It's the CPU I use in my work computer and I highly recommend it.

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I don't understand this tech talk. Please convert it to something that I can understand.


It's mainly just differences between one board vs. the other. The Asus board you linked to has one of the more future-proof feature sets on the market.


Okay, one last question; I think you will have a better opinion about these components or if you think I should switch them for something else:


* Corsair 600T

* i3 2120 (temp) will be replaced by an Ivy Bridge in May-Sept

* Asus P8Z68 PRO/GEN

* Sappire HD 6770 (temp) will be replaced by HD 7970, 7990, or perhaps whatever Nvidia's competitive card will be.

* RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

* Hard Drive - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

* SSD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

* GPU - Corsair AX 850

* Cooler Master 212+


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