When is the best time to buy parts like the CPU and mobo, now or August? I know that I have been too late already (FM1 Athlon II quad-core discontinued and replaced by a more expensive FM2 A4 with 2 cores and only 1mb L2 cache!!!) I know that when a new part is released, it will be more expensive at first because it is new. I know that DDR4 is already out and Intel's Haswell microarchitecture is also coming out. A FM1 Athlon II the last time I looked (around December last year) the FM1 quad-core was cheaper than a FM2 dual-core 1MB cache APU. I need a budget gaming system and since AM3 is getting old already, buying new socket mobos will be expensive!!!
When is the best time to buy a CPU and mobo; now or August?
Answer: Don't upgrade just yet. Wait for something new to come out in "the future" as some people on the forums would answer. It refers to an unspecified, probably never ending timeline that gets your hopes up and stopping you from buying anything.
Anyway, I apologize for that. I agree with manofchalk. Buy what you need now. If you can wait, I believe that Haswell and Radeon HD7000 (Idk about Kepler GTX700) are coming out sometime around Q2. DDR4 is still a couple years away. It'll enter the server market first, I believe. Maybe around late 2014 or early 2015 will DDR4 enter the mainstream market.
Just a heads up. Anyway, if you need an upgrade or a new PC now, do it now.
Max budget: $400. This is the absolute maximum. I'm looking at spending $200-$300 (I'm not from America) as I already have RAM. I also have an i5 but need to replace my laptop (substandard Athlon L335) which is frustratingly hot and cannot handle basic applications such as web browsing without creating excess noise and overheating. The i5 is fast but is mostly for heavy work because it takes too long to boot and start applications. So I basically need a PC now. Or the other option is that I could rebuild my existing i5 and remove the extra HDDs from it. But of course new parts are expensive and sometimes worse than their predecessor. E.g. the quad-core 4mb cache FM1 vs. dual-core 1mb cache FM2.
Board: Intel DH55TC. Processor: Intel i5 750 (LGA 1156). 8GB x2 1333 DDR3 Graphics: Radeon HD 2600 XT (I will probably replace) and at least 3 different SATA HDDs of different size.
EDIT: I have not confirmed that I will be building a new rig, but it is most certain. Very likely. But If I don't build now the latest will be November. It is VERY LIKELY that I will be building/upgrading the PC.