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Haswell, 2011, or wait?

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Hey guys, I am in a bit of a conflict of what to do. I currently have an intel i7 930 and a 7970ghz on an alienware mobo. I was planning on upgrading the mobo and cpu, not because I am lacking performance, but because it heats up my room. That 930 runs HOT! I have it OC to 4.0ghz on an h100. I was going to wait for haswell but I heard it was having some heat issues with the cover and stuff. If I went that rout, I was going to get the Asus maximus Formula VI. The only thing about that (other than the heat issue) was that that haswell has an integrated gpu witch would go to waste. The other option I was considering was the i7 3930k along with a Asus rampage extreme. I like the idea of just a cpu and no gpu. However, this has less performance per core in games than the 4770k but better in video encoding/rendering which I do a lot of. The third option is to wait for the new 4930k and whatever else is coming out later this year. This is my last year of high school and therefore my last pc upgrade till the end of college so I want it to be built to last. I would pick up a cheaper i5, but I am also planning on putting a few volcanic islands gpu's in it when they are released and I don't want any bottlenecking. So what do you guys think, go with what is here now, or wait a bit for the new and even the possibility of ddr4 ram? Also, what is the improvements of ddr4 ram? Let me know what you guys think, Thanks alot
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I'd say to go sandy bridge-e and pick up a 3930k. The reason why is because haswell is a pretty big flop for us desktop users and the 4930k is rumored to only be slightly faster than the 3930k. At this point in time most CPU's are fast enough where the CPU bottlenecks are negligible. The only problem with sandy-e is that everything is very expensive. So an alternative option could be to save some of the money right now to invest in some better cooling for your current rig and then upgrade properly when you're in college. By that time AMD's new GPUs will be out allowing for more competition between AMD and Nvidia bringing down graphics card prices and ivy bridge-e will be released meaning a 3930k could probably be had for cheaper biggrin.gif
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