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Upgrade Path Price Comparison: CPU and MB

Poll Results: Which Upgrade Path do you prefer or recommend?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 0% of voters (0)
    1. Must Have: Cheap and Keep
  • 0% of voters (0)
    2. Must Have: Good to Go
  • 0% of voters (0)
    3. Must Have: Best and Rest
  • 0% of voters (0)
    4. No Hurry: Performance
  • 40% of voters (2)
    5. Seller's Dream: Partial Performance
  • 20% of voters (1)
    6. Seller's Dream: Partial Top Performance
  • 0% of voters (0)
    7. No Hurry: Enthusiast
  • 40% of voters (2)
    8. Seller's Dream: Performance
  • 0% of voters (0)
    9. Seller's Dream: Top Performance
  • 0% of voters (0)
    10. Seller's Dream: Enthusiast
  • 0% of voters (0)
    11. Other
5 Total Votes  
post #1 of 3
Thread Starter 
I created this price comparison of my 10 most likely purchase and upgrade paths for CPUs and Motherboards over the next 3 years. It includes an initial purchase with several upgrade options for each, and the total cost of each path. This technique has helped me organize my thoughts as to all the "Buy now, buy later" etc types of questions.

Which Path do you prefer/recommend?

post #2 of 3
Either 5 or 8. That way you will be able to sell your stuff when the upgrade time comes.

A wise man once told me its best to buy the tier two stuff as opposed to the latest and greatest.
Alumnium Cube
(13 items)
 
Lappy
(5 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 3570K Gigabyte Z77N-WiFi Zotac GTX 660 Corsair XMS3 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
OCZ Vertex 3 60GB Stock Windows 8 Pro x64 ASUS VH236H 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Cooler Master Quick Fire (MX Blues)  Seasonic G Series SSR 550W Lian LI PC-Q07a Coolermaster Sentinel  
Audio
Optical out to Harmon Kardon Reciever 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsHard Drive
Core i5 2410M Lenovo GTX 555M Adata 128GB SSD 
OS
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit 
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Alumnium Cube
(13 items)
 
Lappy
(5 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 3570K Gigabyte Z77N-WiFi Zotac GTX 660 Corsair XMS3 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
OCZ Vertex 3 60GB Stock Windows 8 Pro x64 ASUS VH236H 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Cooler Master Quick Fire (MX Blues)  Seasonic G Series SSR 550W Lian LI PC-Q07a Coolermaster Sentinel  
Audio
Optical out to Harmon Kardon Reciever 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsHard Drive
Core i5 2410M Lenovo GTX 555M Adata 128GB SSD 
OS
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit 
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post #3 of 3
I would go with number 4 and wait for ivybridge because it is supposed to have significant performance advantages. And because if you buy SB and a Z68 and turn around and sell them in a year, you would probably only get at most 70% of your money back.
Sandy Thunder
(18 items)
 
QuickSilver X1
(15 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-3930k C1 4.6GHz @1.344v Sabertooth X79 2x EVGA GTX 560 Ti SC SLI 900/2106 Dominator 1866 16GB 9-10-9-27 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Crucial M4 64GB 'Cuda 320GB XSPC Rasa 750 RX240 push/pull + Alphacool UT60 ... Win 7 Pro x64 
MonitorMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Asus VE198D 19" Samsung 920NW 19" Samsung 906BW 19" Logitech G510s 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX850M Carbide 400R Cyborg M.M.O. 7 Corsair MM200 
AudioOther
Bose Music Monitor Nuforce Icon HDP 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II x6 1090T BE Sabertooth 990FX Radeon HD 5770 1GB Corsair Veangence Blue 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
WD Caviar Black 1TB  Lite ON 16x DVD-R/RW ThermalRight Silver Arrow Windows 7 Professional 64 bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Syncmaster 921BW 19" & Syncmaster 965 19" and S... Apple aluminum wired keyboard Corsair TX650 Silverstone TJ05 with window and thermal contro... 
MouseMouse PadAudio
logitech mx air None Monsoon MM-700 
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Sandy Thunder
(18 items)
 
QuickSilver X1
(15 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-3930k C1 4.6GHz @1.344v Sabertooth X79 2x EVGA GTX 560 Ti SC SLI 900/2106 Dominator 1866 16GB 9-10-9-27 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Crucial M4 64GB 'Cuda 320GB XSPC Rasa 750 RX240 push/pull + Alphacool UT60 ... Win 7 Pro x64 
MonitorMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Asus VE198D 19" Samsung 920NW 19" Samsung 906BW 19" Logitech G510s 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX850M Carbide 400R Cyborg M.M.O. 7 Corsair MM200 
AudioOther
Bose Music Monitor Nuforce Icon HDP 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II x6 1090T BE Sabertooth 990FX Radeon HD 5770 1GB Corsair Veangence Blue 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
WD Caviar Black 1TB  Lite ON 16x DVD-R/RW ThermalRight Silver Arrow Windows 7 Professional 64 bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Syncmaster 921BW 19" & Syncmaster 965 19" and S... Apple aluminum wired keyboard Corsair TX650 Silverstone TJ05 with window and thermal contro... 
MouseMouse PadAudio
logitech mx air None Monsoon MM-700 
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