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I'm going to be building a new computer in stages and was basically wondering what is going on in the tech world.

I know, I know there's the news section, but quite frankly I find that place overwheleming for what I need.

Basically, I'm planning to purchase a new CPU and motherboard and graphics card. Now, for the graphics card I'm thinking of buying a 2GiB ATI 6950, are there any new releases or series coming soon i should be aware of?

On the CPU front, same question, are there any processors coming out I should wait for? Either from intel or AMD.

This is going to be a modest build, but I like to give myself the best price to performance buys possible.
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For CPU, there's going to be Bulldozer around June as i've read. And Ivy bridge ?later this year? or beginning of next year

GPU's? uhm, 7000 amd series end of the year me thinks.

I suggest waiting for BD and yeh just get yourself a couple of 6950's ^_^ will last you a long while *that is if you're not obssesed to upgrading all the time
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Well, you could play the waiting game and see what AMD's bulldozer chip performs like, or wait until Q4 for the enthusiast sandy bridge chips - other than that your best bet is a SB chip (go with a 2500k unless you're into folding/encoding).

A 6950 is a great choice - I'm more than happy with mine, its performance is a fair bit greater than a 6970. Having said that, the 7 series will be coming out "soon", so you may want to wait for that.
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yup bulldozer is comming up... as far as ivy bridge... most think it's not comming out til q1 next year
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For CPU, there's going to be Bulldozer around June as i've read. And Ivy bridge ?later this year? or beginning of next year

GPU's? uhm, 7000 amd series end of the year me thinks.

I suggest waiting for BD and yeh just get yourself a couple of 6950's ^_^ will last you a long while *that is if you're not obssesed to upgrading all the time
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Well, you could play the waiting game and see what AMD's bulldozer chip performs like, or wait until Q4 for the enthusiast sandy bridge chips - other than that your best bet is a SB chip (go with a 2500k unless you're into folding/encoding).

A 6950 is a great choice - I'm more than happy with mine, its performance is a fair bit greater than a 6970. Having said that, the 7 series will be coming out "soon", so you may want to wait for that.
I'm glad you both approve of the 6950. I wanted to choose a card that will last me at least 3 years. I don't want to buy 2 of them, for various reasons and I think 1 should suffice.

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yup bulldozer is comming up... as far as ivy bridge... most think it's not comming out til q1 next year

As for BD.. it's been a long time coming, but what of it?

My primary computing need is for music production, encoding and the like. As such I will be buying a top quality sound card (but later), and I'm assuming "more cores the better" is the mantra I should follow when selecting a processor for this task.

I understand BD doubles on integer cores, but I do not know what impact this will have on music production, whether such programs rely heavily on integers or not. On a different note, is there anything to say price changes will occur when BD is released for the current AM3 line up?

Also am I correct in thinking I can put AM3 chips into an AM3+ board but not the other way around?
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with the 6950, you said you dont need to buy 2 and 1 will be enough, and hopefully it will last you 3 years, You always have the option to crossfire in case you need more performance in the 3 years ^_^ buy 1 now, wait, then buy a 2nd one whenver you need the extra performance ^_^
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with the 6950, you said you dont need to buy 2 and 1 will be enough, and hopefully it will last you 3 years, You always have the option to crossfire in case you need more performance in the 3 years ^_^ buy 1 now, wait, then buy a 2nd one whenver you need the extra performance ^_^

Everyone always says that... but when the time comes there is another GPU that costs the same with better performance.


Might as well go big or go home.
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Everyone always says that... but when the time comes there is another GPU that costs the same with better performance.


Might as well go big or go home.

I know right? Damn annoying sometimes but hey, crossfiring is a cheap alternative to getting performance equal or close to a next gen cards. Cant wait to get 35 rep so i can sell my stuff to get a 6990... >.>
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