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It is true that the level of technical sophistication with computer hardware has never been higher. One can currently buy components (well, maybe with the exception of HDDs) with previously unimagined capabilities. While the cost of entry may be high, more reasonably priced components provide a much greater range of usefulness as commodity level hardware did a few years ago. There's no question that this is a good time to be a computer enthusiast, and I am excited to have picked this time to enter the arena, so to speak. However, change is in the air. The behemoth in redmond has a new operating system for us. No doubt new video cards will soon be developed to work with DX10 and vista exclusively. Vista may make waves in the hardware world making other trends I can't possibly predict.

So as a newcomer to high performance computing, I ask "Is this a good time to buy (or build) a computer? Will the volatility in the near future render what is currently state-of-the-art obsolete much faster than ordinary technological depreciation?

Discuss!
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Well, with Vista, DX10 will be here soon, nvidia already has their DX10 cards out, ATI isn't too far from theirs, Intel is planning price cuts and new chips in 07, AMD is realeasing 4x4 soon, games are pretty good, monitors are big, hard drives are huge and an uber setup costs less than $5000.
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If I were you, I would wait until EVERYTHING from Intel/AMD/ATI/and nVidia is released and let people make reviews on their hardware to compare what is the best setup for your money.

Since I won't be getting Vista anytime soon, I doubt I will get any really-really high-end stuff.

I feel the peak of technology coming upon us. Now the next couple of years will be price cuts for sure (I hope )
    
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So as a newcomer to high performance computing, I ask "Is this a good time to buy (or build) a computer? Will the volatility in the near future render what is currently state-of-the-art obsolete much faster than ordinary technological depreciation?

Discuss!
That really depends on what your currently using and how much you plan on spending. What you buy will always be outdated tomorrow.
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That really depends on what your currently using and how much you plan on spending. What you buy will always be outdated tomorrow.
Eh, gotta hate the outdating speeds of todays technology. You think you have the highest-end stuff, but compared to tomorrows stuff, its like an ant and a bear...

Your the ant...
    
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This is whenever you build it, you'd be happy, 6 months down the road you'd be unhappy. So I don't bother in thinking what is coming next and how good it's going to be or better than what I think I will go for.

Regardless, electronics always devalue faster than anything else can, well, except for vehicles as well but that's how things go.

Build now and be happy or keep being on the waiting game.

I paid $383 for my C2D, now they go for $302, so do I regret it? You bet your sweet butt I do, but I bought it when I wanted to and had it when I needed it to.

I'm waiting for a DX10 card but that I can hold for as long as it takes, since that I'm not a huge gamer nor 3DMarks fanatic.

Build now IMO, but choose wisely, think and think again. Evaluate as much as you can possibly can and think 3 or 4 more times. That's my process of building. Otherwise I'd be broke and wouldn't have a house nor a 401k.
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perhaps I should have posed my question differently:

Is this a time when computer hardware will devalue faster than usual?
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Just know, that if you always wait for the next best thing, you be waiting forever. And i think you mean depreciate.
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Just know, that if you always wait for the next best thing, you be waiting forever.
LOL.You rigth.Waiting for the next best thing?This never end.
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Financially no!
Why, Intel is dropping the prices again and soon, so that and the new 8XXX vid cards effect on current vid card prices overall you could save more than just a few dollars waiting a little.
    
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