Worthy Upgrade? ( ~$1800)

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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  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. I think that will be a more viable option. Thanks for the advice
  6. 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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