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November 16, 2012 5:22:27 AM

Hi,

Have been reading this forum for years but this is my first ever post here :D 

My current PC:

CPU: Q9550 @ 3,4 Ghz
Mobo: ASrock P43D1600 Twins
GPU: GTX 560 SOC from Gygabyte
RAM : 2x4 GB Corsair 1600 memory
PSU: Chieftec 750 W (CFT-750-14CS)
Monitor: Samsung SyncMaster T220 ( max res 1680x1050)

I have enough money to get me a:
i5 3570k
ASRock Z77 Extreme4
Second GTX 560 SOC
CM Storm enforser case
Hyper EVO CPU cooler

I will be using same ram and same psu. Is it worth upgrading my computer at the max resolution of 1680x1050? Perhaps instead of second GTX 560 I should get myself a SSD? I really want my pc to last me 3-4 years before next upgrade. My old PC served me 4 years and I only had to upgrade ram and ram gpu since my old gtx 280 died.
Will my PSU will be able to run 2 gtx 560? Thank you in advance

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November 16, 2012 7:37:10 AM

I have no clue how you are set for room but I'll throw this out there as a suggestion anyway since this is what I would be looking to do in your situation.
Get second 560 in SLI, get two more monitors and go to a multi-monitor setup.
Your PSU should be up to the task of SLI
November 16, 2012 8:26:09 AM

C12Friedman said:
I have no clue how you are set for room but I'll throw this out there as a suggestion anyway since this is what I would be looking to do in your situation.
Get second 560 in SLI, get two more monitors and go to a multi-monitor setup.
Your PSU should be up to the task of SLI


I think I will follow your advice even though second monitor would come half a year later after the upgrade.This time period is vital to appease the wife and explain why second monitor is more important than her new purse ...
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November 16, 2012 9:07:20 AM

your PC is getting on in age but my advice would be to wait for the haswell chips next year. In the meantime i would upgrade your HDD to an SSD. You will seen a huge performance increase.
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November 16, 2012 9:14:05 AM

Do I need to upgrade?

You have to answer that question yourself. Is your system performing as you want it to, or need it to? I'd have thought that obvious :p 
November 16, 2012 9:26:48 AM

You CAN upgrade... but you could wait another year when the next round of and cards drops (gpus) and most gpus will go down in price also you have the next gen intel processors dropping again lowering price, hdd space is hitting rock bottom and ssd price will dip below the norm 1$ / gb i would wait 1 more year so you can have a lasting machine.
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November 16, 2012 9:41:45 AM

I'd wait for haswell, buy that and then get a 8870.

Maybe just a monitor upgrade for now.
November 16, 2012 9:43:59 AM

burritobob said:
You CAN upgrade... but you could wait another year when the next round of and cards drops (gpus) and most gpus will go down in price also you have the next gen intel processors dropping again lowering price, hdd space is hitting rock bottom and ssd price will dip below the norm 1$ / gb i would wait 1 more year so you can have a lasting machine.


Two things why waiting is not good for me:

1. I never learned to be patient and most likely will spend funds set aside for this on some ussless crap.
2. In a year there will be no GTX 560 available and I will be stuck with gtx 560 as useless card :( 
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November 16, 2012 9:46:55 AM

Hinkledolph said:
Two things why waiting is not good for me:

1. I never learned to be patient and most likely will spend funds set aside for this on some ussless crap.
2. In a year there will be no GTX 560 available and I will be stuck with gtx 560 as useless card :( 


I'm already having a hard time finding an extra 560.
November 16, 2012 9:56:28 AM

samuelspark said:
I'm already having a hard time finding an extra 560.


I live in Lithuania and it's half a year at least behind the western world when it comes to PC. There are few on the market here and even same as the one that I have.
November 16, 2012 9:59:48 AM

You can keep your other machine for a different purpose than what your new pc will be used for such as backup video editing etc. (even though it would be slow), and if you do upgrade then it will be fine, though you will get a performance per dollar boost if you wait though i guess it happens every year around this time, your machine will be fine if you buy it now.
November 16, 2012 11:04:06 AM

I think I will do the following:

Will buy 2500k or 3570k and a new mobo.
Will buy new case and CPU cooler
will keep playing with gtx 560 since my monitor would bottleneck any stronger card.

Is it really worth waiting for Haswell? I will be using this PC ONLY for gaming and nothing else.
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November 16, 2012 11:08:59 AM

Yes. It's going to be at least 20% better.
November 16, 2012 11:28:11 AM

samuelspark said:
Yes. It's going to be at least 20% better.



I will wait then. Any idea when it will come out?
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November 16, 2012 11:36:10 AM

Spring next year.
November 16, 2012 11:59:14 AM

samuelspark said:
Spring next year.


Thank you, will wait then.
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November 16, 2012 12:11:11 PM

I have a Q9450.

I'm waiting for Haswell next year or Broadwell in 2014. The Q9450 will likely go into my HTPC. However, I may upgrade that to Haswell or Broadwell too since I would like to make it more energy efficient. Then again, I just might wait for Skylake in 2015 which will go into my primary and Haswell/Broadwell will then be transferred to my HTPC.
November 16, 2012 12:14:02 PM

jaguarskx said:
I have a Q9450.

I'm waiting for Haswell next year or Broadwell in 2014. The Q9450 will likely go into my HTPC. However, I may upgrade that to Haswell or Broadwell too since I would like to make it more energy efficient. Then again, I just might wait for Skylake in 2015 which will go into my primary and Haswell/Broadwell will then be transferred to my HTPC.


I use my pc only for gaming and I am afraid that after a year or more I will not be able to run games at high.
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November 16, 2012 12:27:03 PM

I can run games at high.

Basically, the time to upgrade is when your PC's performance is no longer good enough for you. That could be 3 days after your buy / build it, or 3 years later. It all depends on you.
November 16, 2012 12:31:09 PM

jaguarskx said:
I can run games at high.

Basically, the time to upgrade is when your PC's performance is no longer good enough for you. That could be 3 days after your buy / build it, or 3 years later. It all depends on you.


Well all games still run well on high/ultra for me so I guess I will only get a good case and good cpu cooler.
November 16, 2012 1:19:41 PM

Buy an SSD for operating system+programs (128 GB). And you can hold on till next year CPU+GPU.
November 16, 2012 3:32:36 PM

hafijur said:
No point getting another old gtx 560. I would prefer to just get the new gen cards as they save electricity doing the same task. For instance it takes half the energy for it to perform the same as a gtx 560 now with the new gen 600 series cards. A gtx 680 takes similar power consumption to your gtx 560 now.


That card is way over my budget and would bottleneck my monitor. Will buy an SSD and new case and wait for haswell next year.
November 16, 2012 6:45:24 PM

Hinkledolph said:
Hi,

Have been reading this forum for years but this is my first ever post here :D 

My current PC:

CPU: Q9550 @ 3,4 Ghz
Mobo: ASrock P43D1600 Twins
GPU: GTX 560 SOC from Gygabyte
RAM : 2x4 GB Corsair 1600 memory
PSU: Chieftec 750 W (CFT-750-14CS)
Monitor: Samsung SyncMaster T220 ( max res 1680x1050)

I have enough money to get me a:
i5 3570k
ASRock Z77 Extreme4
Second GTX 560 SOC
CM Storm enforser case
Hyper EVO CPU cooler

I will be using same ram and same psu. Is it worth upgrading my computer at the max resolution of 1680x1050? Perhaps instead of second GTX 560 I should get myself a SSD? I really want my pc to last me 3-4 years before next upgrade. My old PC served me 4 years and I only had to upgrade ram and ram gpu since my old gtx 280 died.
Will my PSU will be able to run 2 gtx 560? Thank you in advance



Go for the SSD...its such a big difference!


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