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April 7, 2014 2:55:41 PM

I'm currently shopping for a new CPU and motherboard. I prefer intel because I already own a GTX480 (also needs updating as well). I don't want to spend more than $300. If this is the case, I realize that I will be lacking some performance, and it makes me think that I should wait for the new generation of intel processors. However, I know that these will probably release at an insanely high price so I might just pull the trigger now.

What do you think I should do? Link a cpu/mobo or wait for the new generation. I don't HAVE to upgrade right now, but I would like to since my current mobo is "kinda" faulty.

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April 7, 2014 3:00:53 PM

$90 mobo, $210 i5 4xxx. The new generation won't be too much faster; the last two generations have only increased 10%.
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April 7, 2014 3:01:32 PM

Why does owning a GTX480 make you prefer Intel?

What is your current CPU? So it will be possible if an upgrade will give a benefit.



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April 7, 2014 3:05:40 PM

B_S said:
Why does owning a GTX480 make you prefer Intel?

What is your current CPU? So it will be possible if an upgrade will give a benefit.




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Plus you will be able to do FX 8320/990X for $250, which is nothing to laugh about
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April 7, 2014 3:05:54 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $314.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-07 18:04 EDT-0400)

The i5 4670k is usually $220-230, so I'd get it before the deal ends.
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April 7, 2014 3:10:26 PM

Intel's price brackets have changed little. By the time a chip series is defunct or unavailable the price only drops $20 or so.

Unless you are waiting for a major technological leap, generation to generation doesn't matter much.

Intel hasn't put a lot of life into their sockets of late. LGA1156 1 chip series, LGA1155, 2 chip series, LGA1150 1 so far, 1 on the way. Unless you buy a 'cheap' processor for now, upgrading to Broadwell when it comes out doesn't make a lot of sense. As mentioned, maybe a 10% gain.

So buy what you can now, when you can afford it. Not much cause for regret.

(Until DDR4 is out for a while anyway)
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April 7, 2014 4:09:52 PM

Thanks for the answers. Currently I have a Asus P6T Deluxe board with an I7 920 if that helps. I only prefer intel because I have NEVER went with AMD.
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April 7, 2014 4:46:57 PM

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