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A Bit of an Upgrade Snag

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As you can see from the title, I have a snag in what I should upgrade next and when. I haven't been using my desktop (listed in signature) for 2 reasons: 1) My VAIO runs much better when playing video games or using my Adobe products. and 2) the motherboard is greatly limiting and lacking options I want (i.e. overclocking, USB 3.0, and SATA 6GB/s). So I have decided to split the full-fledged upgrade I am planning on in 2 separate time-frames. I have 4GB (2x2GB) of Corsair Vengeance sitting around. I definitely want to upgrade my motherboard and processor (of course to Intel), but I also want to upgrade the machine further.

My question to the community is:

A) Should I wait until Fall 2013 to upgrade the motherboard and processor, Haswell.
or
B) upgrade the motherboard and processor in the Spring, Ivy Bridge.
or
C) are there any better options I can take.

Also, what else do you think I should upgrade next.

As I explained, I haven't been using the desktop because my VAIO runs much better and there isn't the chance of my northbridge overheating on me. Just so you know I am planning on keeping the processor and motherboard to make a basic PC for my grandma.
post #2 of 10
If you're only gaming then there's no need to switch to intel. AMD is enough for gaming.
You could buy a new AMD motherboard so it doesn't limit you. Maybe a Crosshair V Formula? or a Gigabyte 990FXA-UD5?
Maybe a 4170 if you feel your cpu is slowing you down. The 4170 is probably the best value CPU for gaming on the AMD platform. Also a nice cooler like the Hyper 212 or a closed loop water cooling system?
If you have the cash a 7950 would be really good for your system
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
I do more than just gaming. I find myself playing with Photoshop, Illustrator, and 3DS Max a lot more. I would like to go with an Intel processor, I don't need to worry about money because I have a $1000 budget.
post #4 of 10
As said previously, I think an AMD chip will suit your needs just fine.
However, if you insist on having an intel processor, I recommend the 2600k or 3770k.
If you are not interested in overclocking your processor in the future, you may also look into the non - K series.
post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
I would like the input on whether I should wait until the Haswell series comes out and buy the motherboard and processor then, or should I go ahead and get the processor and motherboard in the spring. Depending on when I get them, will be when I get the other upgrades. I already plan to upgrade the GPU later on and RAM will be bumped up to 12GB as soon as I get a new motherboard.

Whether I get AMD or Intel will be decided later. As of right now, I have my sight set on the 3770K or Haswell. February is still a ways off, so, in the time until then, I may change my mind and get an AMD processor, if one that catches my eyes is released. I understand the FX-4100 is a good processor, but it does not meet my needs. As I said, I am not worried about pricing, as it it a ~$1000 dollar budget in the Spring and about the same in next Fall.

I am sorry if that sounded rude and understand that you are only trying to help.However, I am that type of person, that when my mind is set on something, it's set. (Hard-headed if you will.)

-JRuxGaming
post #6 of 10
If I were you I would personally wait it out until Haswell comes out. Then you can decide for yourself before all the Z77 boards and Ivy Bridge CPU's disappear.
Another option would be the X79 Platform and make use of it's extra cores. Also that Ivy-Bridge E is coming out for socket 2011.

However a nice combo right now would be
3770k
AsROCK Z77 Extreme6 (crazy value for a motherboard) or the MSI Z77 M-Power (if you plan on overclocking)
and if your 6850 isn't enough then a 7950 would be good.
But, if your happy with your GPU then a SSD would be a very nice upgrade; Samsung 830 is a popular choice
As well as a good cooler to help you overclock. H100i or a Noctua D14
post #7 of 10
you can also take this route and wait for haswell or steamroller . . .

http://www.overclock.net/t/1325888/amd-960t-unlocked

just do not unlock it with that board. oc? yes, up to 4.2 as a quad maybe.
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I say go i5 Ivy. Will definitely serve you equally as well as an i7 and leave extra $ for other parts. Even for Adobe programs and such it will be more than adequate and never hit 100% load. Both will stay relevant for many years to come. Haswell will too, but I think this is a perfect time to do an upgrade. As people wait for Haswell CPU and mobo prices will fall a bit more, leaving even more $ to go towards other parts.

If you can pick up some used stuff on the marketplace here or ebay within the next few months that "budget" will allow for even more epic and awesome parts that will also stay relevant for many years to come.

Just my 2 cents.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by AlPh4Kil1 View Post

If I were you I would personally wait it out until Haswell comes out. Then you can decide for yourself before all the Z77 boards and Ivy Bridge CPU's disappear.
Another option would be the X79 Platform and make use of it's extra cores. Also that Ivy-Bridge E is coming out for socket 2011.
However a nice combo right now would be
3770k
AsROCK Z77 Extreme6 (crazy value for a motherboard) or the MSI Z77 M-Power (if you plan on overclocking)
and if your 6850 isn't enough then a 7950 would be good.
But, if your happy with your GPU then a SSD would be a very nice upgrade; Samsung 830 is a popular choice
As well as a good cooler to help you overclock. H100i or a Noctua D14
I have no problems with the 6850 and am happy with it as of right now. I may upgrade it later on. I was already planning on getting the Antec KUHLER H2O 920.
Ivy Bridge E will be on the 2011 socket? Thanks for the heads up. thumb.gif

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Originally Posted by rdr09 View Post

you can also take this route and wait for haswell or steamroller . . .
http://www.overclock.net/t/1325888/amd-960t-unlocked
just do not unlock it with that board. oc? yes, up to 4.2 as a quad maybe.
I may look into it. Though, I still think I want to go to Intel.
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Originally Posted by kmac20 View Post

I say go i5 Ivy. Will definitely serve you equally as well as an i7 and leave extra $ for other parts. Even for Adobe programs and such it will be more than adequate and never hit 100% load. Both will stay relevant for many years to come. Haswell will too, but I think this is a perfect time to do an upgrade. As people wait for Haswell CPU and mobo prices will fall a bit more, leaving even more $ to go towards other parts.
If you can pick up some used stuff on the marketplace here or ebay within the next few months that "budget" will allow for even more epic and awesome parts that will also stay relevant for many years to come.
Just my 2 cents.
Money isn't the issue right now, so I can afford the i7 3770K.


The line above symbolized my thought process... yeah. I came up with a solution! I am going to get the 3770K now and wait until the Haswell come out then upgrade (The left over Ivy Bridge and motherboard will be a second machine for my grandma.). Yeah, I know I am crazy, but like I said money shouldn't be an issue, and I actually want to use my desktop more than my Laptop. tongue.gif
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Also if you're photo editing it wouldn't hurt to get another 8gb's of RAM
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