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Hey guys I'm currently planning to upgrade my current system (see below for specs) with a new P67 Mobo and i5 2500k.
Would you recommend that I should wait until Ivy Bridge is released for the new technology/ prices to drop??
Or should I carry on and upgrade now?

Thanks!!
post #2 of 18
You're going to notice a huge, all-round performance boost regardless, and besides, the ivy bridge CPUs will be backwards compatible with sandy bridge mobos anyway. So going with any sandy bridge cpu right now isn't really a lose-lose scenario.

I would go with the i5-2500k, since your motherboard and RAM will still be reusable, and as for the i5, it'll be a massive upgrade in your current circumstances.
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There's always something new coming out. Upgrade now and have no regrets. If you wait for Ivy Bridge, might as well wait for Haswell once Ivy Bridge rolls around
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Comparison

You're certainly going to see a nice performance boost, especially when you overclock that baby up to 4Ghz+. Ivy Bridge is going to be compatible with (all? most?) current 1155 motherboard so you'll be able to upgrade when it comes out. You won't benefit from PCI-Express 3 though.

Depends on how badly you want/need a new system. If you wait then you have the option of upgrading to Ivy Bridge, socket 2011 SB-E, or Bulldozer if it surprises everyone. I was in your position a month ago and elected to upgrade
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I also bit the bullet. These things are just too fast. Besides it's looking like we can upgrade CPU alone to Ivy, which would be awesome knowing Intel and their socket love.
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Ask yourself why you want to upgrade. Is there something your current rig cant do for you? Is it holding you backin some way?

If you wait for Ivy and/or prices to drop you may find yourself doing a lot of waiting as there will always be something right around the corner and prices will always drop. If you wait for ivy then haswell will be around the corner.

You could wait for the sandybridge E chips and boards to come out and then jump on those.

Also if youre looking to do an upgrade consider an SSD.
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As others have said there will be always something new coming out, you know why I bought this 2500k? because my q6600 wouldnt go past 3ghz and bf3 was coming out. So basically I was not content with my system, if you are content with your system then I would say wait, however if you are not drop the cash on the 2500k and dont look back. These are beast processors.
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Originally Posted by lsudvm View Post
Ask yourself why you want to upgrade. Is there something your current rig cant do for you? Is it holding you backin some way?

If you wait for Ivy and/or prices to drop you may find yourself doing a lot of waiting as there will always be something right around the corner and prices will always drop. If you wait for ivy then haswell will be around the corner.

You could wait for the sandybridge E chips and boards to come out and then jump on those.

Also if youre looking to do an upgrade consider an SSD.
This!!! I'm saving up for my own! I built a machine a couple days ago with a Patriot Wildfire 120GB and windows installed in 9 minutes. It boots so fast.. Makes the PC seem even faster.
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post #9 of 18
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A lot of great points here very much appreciated guys

Forgot to add in the system spec I just got a OCZ SSD 2 days ago and indeed the boot time is blazing fast, one of the best purchases by far.

The next great purchase shall hopefully be the i5 2500k which I'll most likely get tonight, already got the price check at NCIX for $210 and a Corsair H80 to boot.
Hope to join the 4.0GHZ + Sandy+i5 clubs soon, I'll definitely be posting up results and seeking further wisdom and fanboying over it

Also, what MOBO would you recommend?? I was thinking of a P67 from Asus or Asrock, don't really want to keep my current mother board.
Edited by Arrehenius - 8/10/11 at 9:46am
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A lot of great points here very much appreciated guys

Forgot to add in the system spec I just got a OCZ SSD 2 days ago and indeed the boot time is blazing fast, one of the best purchases by far.

The next great purchase shall hopefully be the i5 2500k which I'll most likely get tonight, already got the price check at NCIX for $210 and a Corsair H80 to boot.
Hope to join the 4.0GHZ + Sandy+i5 clubs soon, I'll definitely be posting up results and seeking further wisdom and fanboying over it

Also, what MOBO would you recommend?? I was thinking of a P67 from Asus or Asrock, don't really want to keep my current mother board.
Go for the Asrock p67 extreme4 gen3. I like the Asus p8p67 pro as well. This is my first Asrock build and since then I have sold a bunch and they have been awesome.
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