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What do you guys think, should I upgrade my sig rig with an opty 165 and 2 gigs of TCCD and wait untill next winter (or later) to get a new rig or should I wait and see what Q2 2007 brings us, as in DX10, quad core, hybrid hard drives and the like?
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Next Winter...
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It really depends on how satsified you are with your current rig.

If you are able to do the things you like to do without a hitch I see no reason to upgrade other than bragging rights. Conversely, if Q2 of 2007 is too long of a wait you can always go with a Quadfather or C2D setup come the end of this year.

Either way its a matter of preference and necessity.
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Tough call... I am not really excited that you might invest $250 - $300 or so in good DDR RAM.... If you decide to get only the Opty, then I would say that's a good plan, since that's a significant upgrade over your current CPU.

I would at least go for a DDR2 based system (either Core 2 Duo or AM2) if you upgrade now. Some really good DDR2 RAM is this Crucial kit for $230.00. It's DDR2 667, but can overclock really well (same chips as several DDR2 800 kits)
Add an AM2 X2 3800+ for $160, or an E6300 for $180 and a motherboard in the low $100 range. (AM2 might be found a little cheaper, Core 2 Duo board will be a bit above $100).

Thus, for $500 you can go AM2 or C2D and be at least a bit future ready.

I would do that over investing in 2GB DDR RAM and the Opty (which will easily cost $400 combined)


PS: I think QuadFather will simply be too expensive (around $1,000 for a pair of CPUs)...
    
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post #5 of 6
I saw a good performance boost switching from a sandy to an 165 opty. The price is right and they are only getting scarcer and should run vista fine. I say swing the cpu and ram now and give the quad cores and DDR3 time to mature as it usually takes a little bit for new tech to work out the bugs and there is still alot of software that doesn't even use dual core that much or at all.
    
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next winter...

make a poll?
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