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Hey guys. My laptop is about to crap itself it seems, and I've got the money saved for a new build. Just wondering whether I should wait for Kepler and/or Ivy Bridge/Z77, or just go ahead and pull the trigger. It just seems like no one knows anything on Kepler, particularly the all-important release date. This is my build so far (budget AUD2500, purchasing from PC Case Gear):

Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper
PSU: Corsair HX 850w PSU
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme 4 Gen 3
CPU: 2600k
GPU: Sapphire 7970 reference
HDD1: Corsair Force 3 120gb SSD (OS + applications/games)
HDD2: Seagate Barracuda 1TB SATAIII 32MB Cache 7200RPM
RAM: G.Skill Ares 8GB 1600mhz 9-9-9-2n
Cooler: Noctua NH-D14
Optical drive 1: Sony AD7280SGB DVDRW
Optical drive 2: Toshiba Samsung SH-S203 DVDRW (I don't know whether this actually works. Had it laying around for years. Purchased it to replace my old DVD Writer which was a PATA interface. This one is SATA and never used. My old motherboard didn't support SATA. Those were the days when I didn't know the difference....)
Wireless: TP-Link TL-WN881ND Wireless N
Monitor: Samsung S23B300B 23in Widescreen
Mouse: Logitech G400. I loved my MX518. This one is the same price but supposedly better.
Keyboard: Enermax Aurora Lite
OS: Windows 7 Professional 64

Total: $2375

Should I buy now or wait? Also, are there any glaring mistakes/omissions that I've missed? I've got another hundred dollars or so that I can spend on upgrading/adding.
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Wait! At least just a little bit. The MSI 7970 Lightning is coming soon. With maybe another week or two, Kepler (or the reviews) should be out as well. Only one more week!
    
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I agree, wait.
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Wait! At least just a little bit. The MSI 7970 Lightning is coming soon. With maybe another week or two, Kepler (or the reviews) should be out as well. Only one more week!

I agree with this ^ I would wait a few more weeks and see if Intel is going to release anything soon but they might take a while. If you wanted to you could buy some of the parts now or pick up some good deals on the parts you want and maybe have some room left over to upgrade some of the main components.
 
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Thanks guys. If I've heard nothing in a week or so, I'll pull the trigger. Last week I had to wait 15-20 minutes for my computer to boot up. This week it's 25-30 minutes. Can't patiently wait much longer than that!
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^ agree also wait a little bit, patience do good too those who wait, wink.gif new cpu and new gpu lineup are coming its early xmas to new rig builders.
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This is mostly preference, but i think that there are better cases then the storm trooper for the same price.
but maybe not.
case performance seems alright, but i think its ugly. (personal preference)
and wait for kepler for a little.
the overall build looks very good, but 850w might be a little much.
edit: unless you're planning to crossfire or SLI
Edited by FyreBurn - 3/13/12 at 10:18pm
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If you are planning on spending that kind of money wait for April. thumb.gif

There is so much new stuff coming out in April. New Chipsets .. New boards.. New Processors that make a 2600 bleed and there are some new cases that cooler master is coming out with that will get your attention as well..

Wait ... wait ... Save your money and Wait.
Edited by unimatrixzero - 3/13/12 at 9:42pm
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This is mostly preference, but i think that there are better cases then the storm trooper for the same price.
but maybe not.
case performance seems alright, but i think its ugly. (personal preference)
and wait for kepler for a little.

Such as? I tend to prefer cases that aren't quite as industrial looking. For example:
Cases I like the design of:
Fortress FT02
500r
Shinobi XL
Elysium
Graphite 600T
Obsidian (both)
Cosmos II (although it is way too big)
Temjin TJ11

Cases I hate the design of:
HAF X
Level 10 (all of them. Ugly, ugly, ugly)
Lanboy
Strike-X - saw this up close. Looks even worse than the pictures
Armor
Darkfleet Df-85

That should give some idea of where my tastes lie. I want a case that is really functional, fits the D14, but isn't too big or industrial. I want to go down the WC path at some stage, but I didn't think there was much point getting the H100 over the D14, and I'm not quite ready for a custom loop just yet. If the Eisberg came out and performed well....
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Originally Posted by unimatrixzero View Post

If you are planning on spending that kind of money wait for April. thumb.gif
There is so much new stuff coming out in April. New Chipsets .. New boards.. New Processors that make a 2600 bleed and there are some new cases that cooler master is coming out with that will get your attention as well..
Wait ... wait ... Save your money and Wait.

I think you should have a little chat to my dodgy laptop. It's up to it how long I wait. biggrin.gif
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