Hey everyone. I just bought a Alienware M17X R3 which is absolutely an amazing gaming laptop and have no problems what so ever with it, but I still want to build myself a gaming desktop and use the laptop for if I am not home or just dont feel like being on my desktop. I want to build an i7 water cooled desktop but I am stuck if whether or not I should just do it now with the i7 2700k and gtx 580 or wait until ivy bridge and gtx 680/690 release since if I am waiting for one I mine as well go for both. I am getting impatient because I want to build the dream gaming desktop but feel like if I do it now when next gen. hardware is right around the corner, I will regret it. Help guys! What should I do? lol
Well... the GTX 580 is a waste of money right now compared to the Radeon 7950
From what you're saying, it sounds like you'll be disappointed if you buy now rather than wait for Ivy bridge. If you're wanting the best of the best, you should probably wait till April-ish before buying. By that point we'll know more as well about the GTX 680 and possibly the HD 7990.
That said, you're not super likely to see a big gaming performance difference than if you bought an i5-2500k + HD 7950/7970 right now. So, if you're antsy I'd say go ahead and buy (but avoid the GTX 580) in the comfort that Ivy bridge isn't gonna bring leaps of gaming performance increase over Sandy bridge. Sounds like you're after the performance rather than the value though
Okay that is actually the answer I wanted to hear. I was thinking to wait til April-ish to build it but sometimes I just get so impulsive and spend money without thinking and weighing pros and cons. So I just needed to hear it from somebody else. Looks like I am going to wait for the better stuff