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Worthy Upgrade? ( ~$1800)

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May 24, 2012 4:48:43 PM

Hi everyone. I've recently been contemplating giving my old computer to my parents and upgrading to a new spec. Would it be a reasonable upgrade for me? The real debate is should I upgrade now or just build a computer now for my parents for under $1000 and wait for haswell for myself?

Approximate Purchase Date: Asap

Budget Range: less than $1800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Programming applications including hardware simulation, browsing web, etc.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Partial towards Corsair PSU

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: i&-3770k worht extra money. Recommended GPU?


OLD BUILD:
i7-950
evga gtx 470
ASUS Rampage III Formula
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB)
Antec 1200
CORSAIR 750TX 750W

New Build:
CPU - i5 3570k ($240)

GPU - Undecided, suggestions? 680 worth it?

MOBO - Asus Sabertooth z77 ($240)

RAM - GSkill Ripjaws 2x4GB ($60)

PSU - Corsair 750W ($150)

Case - NXZT CA-SW810-M1 ($180)

CPU FAN - Noctua NH-D14 ($85)

SSD - Samsung 830 256GB ($275)

Please let me know what you think and if you have any hardware suggestions. Thanks!! :) 

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May 24, 2012 6:02:47 PM

You could actually just keep your i7-950, switch out the case, add a new video card and SSD, and that would be it. There's lots of things on your old build you can definitely reuse.
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May 24, 2012 6:08:39 PM

What I'm really wondering is would the difference between the two justify me an upgrade, or should I build a nice computer for my parents for around $800-$1000 and upgrade on my own come haswell?
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May 24, 2012 6:14:37 PM

RogPogDodge said:
What I'm really wondering is would the difference between the two justify me an upgrade, or should I build a nice computer for my parents for around $800-$1000 and upgrade on my own come haswell?


You're not going to notice a lot of difference between Bloomfield (Core i7-9XX), Sandy Bridge (Core i7-2XXX), and Ivy Bridge (Core i7-3XXX), you may notice a huge difference between Bloomfield and Haswell but that remains to be seen what Intel does with it.
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May 24, 2012 6:22:25 PM

Build a "low-end" cpu for your parents.

Something like a core i3 shall be enough. You don't even need a VGA card for basic usage. The iGPU is enough. A 400w PSU is more than enough too.

Basically, build a very quiet, small pc for them.
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May 24, 2012 6:43:10 PM

I think that will be a more viable option. Thanks for the advice
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May 24, 2012 6:54:37 PM

Here are the differences between different platforms to give you and Idea:

3DMark Vantage
Striker II extreme
2 GTX 580 Q9450 4GB memory 3.6GHz
P31497
GPU 28241
CPU 48144

Sabertooth X58
2 GTX 580 i7-950 6GB Memory 4.0GHz
P44583
GPU 40583
CPU 64506

Sabertooth X79
2 GTX 580 i7-3930K 32GB Memory 4.55GHz
P52199
GPU 45278
CPU 96416
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