I am planning to build a gaming PC for around $2,000 in the early to middle part of next year. I have been reading about the Haswell from various sources. Some say it is worth the waiting for PC gamers while others say it is not. The main story that I have heard is that Haswell is focused on lower power consumption Should I go with Ivy Bridge or wait for Haswell?
The Haswell will only have about 10% more processing power. Not enough to wait for especially since it will cost a premium for a few months. The internal graphics will be doubled in power, but still not enough for serious gaming. In short, don't wait for it.
No. I went Ivy and I won't consider upgrading until Broadwell and that is a big maybe. Intel won't increase raw grunt for 2 simple reasons:
- No competition. No point.
- Nothing really need a big CPU speed boost. When the next console gen finally comes out four modern cores (and maybe more) will be it. Ivy fits that, any improvements are meh for a long while.
If you buy Ivy now you are set for at least two years. Its very unlikely that will change.