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Or a horrific one, you decide.

I realized that for my needs a whole system upgrade is a bit extreme. I have a very powerful i7 Laptop (at least for my needs, but I'm sure for most people's as well) but it has a GPU that shows its age (and can't be replaced).

So I decided that it might be best to get a desktop (well, the mobility advantages of a laptop still remain, but that's another matter).

But wait, then I meta-decided that it was quite an investment actually. I would ditch a system that I LIKE its CPU and everything else JUST because the GPU is getting crap.

So what to do.. ..what to do.

So here's an idea:

Since the Haswell era is a bit ****ty when it gets to upgrading from Sandy (even if the Sandy is mobile IMO!), then why not just do the following and still save face:

1. Get an incredible PSU
2. Get an awesome Chassis
3. And here's the awesome thing: GET A TOTALLY ****TY COLLECTION OF M/B, CPU, RAM
4. Get a good GPU

That way, the PSU and Case will remain for the future, the GPU will be good, but the rest "three", those evil three that would make me feel throwing money out the window, would be cheaper and most importantly:

When an actual awesome generation comes along, e.g. 14 nm, then to get a good mobo/CPU/ram

Smart/stupid/very smart/totally stupid?

I think it's genuinely stupid according to some people but you have to think of the alternative: throwing away all that money, when a new gen might come along, that might actually be a 'big' upgrade, probably a 14nm one, and THEN to upgrade with higher quality parts. Why go to something 40% faster than I got when I don't need it, when I can go to something that is 20% faster for much cheaper and then promptly go to to +80%.

Or I might just bite the bullet and get the "proper" system now. But it's so nasty thinking 14 nm will beat what I currently have so much while that Haswell line is so non overwhelming.

But what this subforum has convinced me off, is that whatever the decision, the PSU should be good. thumb.gif
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Power supplies lose efficiency over the years. I thought more or less the same thing, my 5 year old PSU has recently gown downhill to the point that it has trouble maintaining a steady 12v.

So, yeah. Not the best idea ever. Get a great case, but much like everything else, the PSU gets upgraded with the rest. Why you seem to think that haswell is crap is beyond me. You have been drinking the kool-aid if you think ivy or haswell are "bad" in any way. My IB 3770K has been a joy to use.
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I had the same Idea, Also coming from i7 Laptop, trust once you start you cant stop, your system will go over $1300 and you'll still need more,
ohh this item is this % better for only $ more and so on,
think about your needs gaming, work, whatever and build your system on that note,
getting a lousy MB + CPU will bottleneck your GPU and you wont get a good gaming FPS,
I'd suggest get a middle of the road kind of items or something specific to your needs.
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