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So every year I do an upgrade, but this year I'm wondering if I need anything... help me decide or decide against..

My sig rig is pretty current and runs just fine. I have a few options I've been looking at for upgrades:

Craigslist guy has 990x, maximus 3, 2 kits with 8gb of memory. $700 - i'm interested in the 990x, everything else is just resale value imo.
Another idea is grabbing a evga stinger, prodigy and going the mitx route with a 3770k - This is semi interesting in that a) its an upgrade and b) how cool is mitx! I figure about $1000 all said and done since i'll have to replace some watercooling parts that wont fit in the fenix... i would reuse my hard drives, ssd's, gpu, pump/res/fans and need to pickup thin rads, waterblock for cpu.

Then there is the whole what about a macbook.. mmmm help me?
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So every year I do an upgrade, but this year I'm wondering if I need anything... help me decide or decide against..
My sig rig is pretty current and runs just fine. I have a few options I've been looking at for upgrades:
Craigslist guy has 990x, maximus 3, 2 kits with 8gb of memory. $700 - i'm interested in the 990x, everything else is just resale value imo.
Another idea is grabbing a evga stinger, prodigy and going the mitx route with a 3770k - This is semi interesting in that a) its an upgrade and b) how cool is mitx! I figure about $1000 all said and done since i'll have to replace some watercooling parts that wont fit in the fenix... i would reuse my hard drives, ssd's, gpu, pump/res/fans and need to pickup thin rads, waterblock for cpu.
Then there is the whole what about a macbook.. mmmm help me?

anything but giving apple money....
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anything but giving apple money....
+1
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the option with the bitfenix prodigy would be the one I'd go for.

Avoid the apple macbook!
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the option with the bitfenix prodigy would be the one I'd go for.
Avoid the apple macbook!

+1 everyone seems to be doing builds with that now a days. They have all looked cool too.
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+1 everyone seems to be doing builds with that now a days. They have all looked cool too.

Those and the NZXT Switch 810's apparently lol rolleyes.gif
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I wanted to do a switch 810 this year but couldn't get the release date so did cosmos 2 instead.
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Looks like you have a rig that can push solid frames - why not go for an immersion upgrade, like a bigger/higher res monitor, better headphones, eyefinity, etc?
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Originally Posted by littledonny View Post

Looks like you have a rig that can push solid frames - why not go for an immersion upgrade, like a bigger/higher res monitor, better headphones, eyefinity, etc?
What he said^^^
i7 930 is still going to be decent at least until next year when haswell comes out. That's when you want to upgrade your CPU/Mobo.
     
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I would hold on to your money. Maybe get a second 7970 to help push frames on those monitors, but that's it. At this point I'd only go for a platform upgrade if something critical in your current system breaks, or your CPU starts showing bad degradation signs or something. Littledonny's suggestion is solid too, though it looks like you have a nice monitor/peripheral setup already. Try to ignore your upgrade itch until Haswell is out, see if that's worth it.
And of course, don't buy apple. tongue.gif
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