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Opinions? I have that itch to build a new system shortly here. But is waiting till April or May worth it? Budgets around 700 for mobo/CPU/Ram/GPU. My only gripe is, when it's released how stable are the Mobos going to be?
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I have a similar also have a aging 775 quad core and I am waiting for Ivy Bridge.

It won't be much longer and you will get better more efficient performance. 75W tdp on the 3770k is really impressive. So ya I would recommend you wait it out.
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I don't think that Ivy Bridge will be within the $700 budget for a full build

No fact, just opinion.
Intel's procs are a bit more expensive, but it's the motherboards that kill you
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post #4 of 36
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Originally Posted by Nappyman21 View Post

Opinions? I have that itch to build a new system shortly here. But is waiting till April or May worth it? Budgets around 700 for mobo/CPU/Ram/GPU. My only gripe is, when it's released how stable are the Mobos going to be?

Well... are you CPU bottlenecked today?


If not..... just build a server, router, or HTPC for the cost of a new top-end CPU. That's what I do to relieve the build itch. thumb.gif
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I am not currently bottlenecked. But want to build a better machine as I would like to cut down on my 3Ds Max Render times and I'm also wanting Diablo 3 and Guild Wars 2 upon release and would like to run them at highest settings. Also, when Ivy Bridge releases will it drop the price of Sandy Bridge?
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post #6 of 36
A 2500K is like $230, and apparently the new i5 K CPU is going to be $225 or around that, so I'd just wait.
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Also, when Ivy Bridge releases will it drop the price of Sandy Bridge?
Not for the new parts but if you're looking for a used 2500k then yeah.
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i would wait for Ivy bridge and a z77 mobo. things like x63 multiplier, lower power consumption due to a die shrink means lower TDP so cooling needs will be less, native USB 3.0 and native 1600MHz RAM support plus im sure they have snuck in some extra features over p67/z68 platform. I am sure it will be worth the wait and you wont regret it. in the end you will end up paying from similar or less prices to maybe 10% more max depending where you shop and what deals you find over a new sandy bridge platform. my estimate for an ivy I53570K/ mid range z77 and 8GB ram would be around the $450 so is $250 enough for your gpu? can i save more between now and april? these sort of question are what i would be asking myself smile.gif

also we are starting to see alot of used sandy bridge cpus emerging on the second hand market as well as entire rigs as people have started selling off in preperation for IB IMO is the reason why.. thumb.gif
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post #9 of 36
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Man if your pricing is on then I am def. going to wait it out. I was also debating about saving more and doing custom water cooling or going with an H80 or the like. Lower stock temps means bigger Overclocks. biggrin.gif
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H100 or custom loop please. And take pictures. And it on OCN

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