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June 28, 2012 6:10:38 PM

So I'm thinking about replacing my aging machine however it's not urgent. I know that hardware is constantly changing and no matter what it will be outdated shorlty after but it usually comes in cycles. Is now a good time to upgrade with the Ivory bridge, USB 3 and thunderbolt soon to be released or should I wait? Are there any big changes on the horizon for this year or early next that I might not be aware of? I'm especially concerned about video cards since they are so expensive and I always seem to miss the newest technology by a few months. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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June 28, 2012 6:13:41 PM

The GTX 660 should come out soon ( have to see how that matches up to a 7850 )

If you like AMD you can wait for the new CPUs

Whats your budget and what stuff do you need ?
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June 28, 2012 6:32:20 PM

Niklas_13 said:
The GTX 660 should come out soon ( have to see how that matches up to a 7850 )

If you like AMD you can wait for the new CPUs

Whats your budget and what stuff do you need ?


I honestly don't think the new AMD CPUs are going to be waiting for if they're going to continue to use AM3. If they use a new socket (AM4, something else) then it might be interesting to see. But I'd stick with Intel in the CPU department.
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June 28, 2012 6:38:47 PM

Well it's going to be a high end gaming rig mostly with some media server stuff. I'd like to keep it under 3k, not a huge fan of AMD, and I need everything except my dual monitors, mouse, keyboard, and speakers. Will be bringing over two TB HD's that have my media files. Also curious about if liquid cooling is worth it yet, always seemed like an interesting option but I'm not sure if it's matured enough yet.
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June 28, 2012 6:57:50 PM

ORB said:
Well it's going to be a high end gaming rig mostly with some media server stuff. I'd like to keep it under 3k, not a huge fan of AMD, and I need everything except my dual monitors, mouse, keyboard, and speakers. Will be bringing over two TB HD's that have my media files. Also curious about if liquid cooling is worth it yet, always seemed like an interesting option but I'm not sure if it's matured enough yet.


with that budget i would suspect you would be looking at the higher end graphic cards and those are out. right now the best bang for your buck is the GTX 670 ($400). the next intel platform change (cpu, motherboard) will be late next year with the release of haswell; ivy bridge has been out for awhile now and everything except the i3-3xxx are for sale.
i don't know what you mean by water cooling yet to mature, a inexpensive $125 corsair H100 looks like a decent self contained system with little worry for the common user.
even SSDs have come along to where i would have no apprehension in picking an inexpensive one for my OS, applications and games.
so AFAIK, everything that is "new" is out so no sense in waiting.
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June 28, 2012 7:02:36 PM

Niklas_13 said:
The GTX 660 should come out soon ( have to see how that matches up to a 7850 )

If you like AMD you can wait for the new CPUs

Whats your budget and what stuff do you need ?


I don't really understand these two company's cycles.
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June 28, 2012 7:44:29 PM

ORB said:
Well it's going to be a high end gaming rig mostly with some media server stuff. I'd like to keep it under 3k, not a huge fan of AMD, and I need everything except my dual monitors, mouse, keyboard, and speakers. Will be bringing over two TB HD's that have my media files. Also curious about if liquid cooling is worth it yet, always seemed like an interesting option but I'm not sure if it's matured enough yet.


For a higher end system, like looniam and g-unit1111 said Intel would be the way to go with a GTX 670

You said water cooled ? so your into OCing ? How about sli/crossfire ?

Some parts to look into

Z77 MoBos With 1 or 2 PCI E 3.0 also you might like a MoBo with 4X SATA 6GB ( Something like this ) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

i5 3570 K

GTX 670

240 GB SSD

750W PSU < if your going to sli down the road

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June 28, 2012 9:13:55 PM

Thanks alot of good info here, I have thought about SLI and have used it in the past. However I've read articles about how most games aren't tuned enough to get full benefit anyway. Also I've been burned with my last SLI where one card died and unfortunately was out of production so I couldn't replace it. I think this time around I'll stick with the single card high end card. The water cooling is to keep the machine running quiter and some OCing.
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June 28, 2012 9:32:29 PM

You could do something like my build ( but i would get a 240 SSD ) I just wanted to try one out and for 100 bucks the Agility 3 120 fit my budget at the time, I will put this in the wifes laptop latter on and upgrade.

Corsair 550D
GA-Z77X-UD3H
i5 3570K
Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600 CL 9
EVGA GTX 670
Corsair HX750
COOLER Maybe a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Samsung 24X or a blu-Ray
G110
G500
SSD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Put the rest on a nice Monitor of your liking

550D is nice and quite

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http://s1154.photobucket.com/albums/p535/Niklas_13/?act...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 2, 2012 9:02:05 PM

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