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Having a Goal and saving up for it OR having a budget and building around it.

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Having a Goal and saving up for it OR having a budget and building around it.

What's better for ones sanity?
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Depends how much you have right now, and what are your needs.
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Me personally? I don't save for big builds.

I'm in favor of build cheap, upgrade often.
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Having a Goal and saving up for it OR having a budget and building around it.

What's better for ones sanity?
Depends. What kind of setup do you have in mind (both budget and performance)?
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I have a hard time dropping a bunch of money on something if I have to save for it. Generally I do my computer upgrades around tax time or when I get a large unexpected check. If I consciously save the cash, then I refuse to blow it later lol
 
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post #6 of 16
I'm the same way but it can get very very frustrating with deciding what you want. I have been saving and yet i haven't pulled the trigger on upgrading my video card when i have been told it's best to SLi eventhough i wanted a GTX 580 lol.
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Saving is the way to go... unfortunately I don't follow my own advice.
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Its just a question I wanted to pose to you guys, however my need is pretty great right now.

Im using, currently, an old Acer Aspire 5600. According to this: http://www.retrevo.com/s/Acer-5600-L...19ci065/t/1-2/ its ready to retire. And I believe it is. It runs slow, starts up slow and the battery life is non existant.

Right now, I can go with a 955BE, 6850 and possible crossfire in future with am3+ compatibility. Or I can save up a bit more and go with a 2500k, crossfire 6850. I just dont know... Im shooting between need for now and the bad decision of inferiority. I'm not saying AMD is bad, its good in its own right and i respect the company, however i've been told the 2500k will beat the 955 and pretty much every regard..soo yeah..budget now build or the waiting game..Itll be the only game I can play.
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I have to say, I am not good at saving money. I love my AMD setup, and with them I can upgrade often and easily. I am happy with my 955 right now, and I know later on the upgrade path is easy.
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Use your budget and upgrade. Get you a good mobo, PSU, I5-2500k. And the best gpu you can afford with the cheapest case you want. Your dream case can be bought later and moded before you put your pc in it.(no down time) you can sli the gpu later when funds are there and I do believe some ivy bridge cpus will be for the 1155 socket so you can upgrade that at a later date to. Also ssd And more memory can always be added at a later date!

Just remember the essentials for upgrading a pc.
Good mobo, PSU with enough watts to run what you want to upgrade into and a good gpu that can be sli or xfire at a later date. Everything else can be upgraded at a later date when funds are there
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