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And yet another should I upgrade to Haswell or not thread, need to scratch it off

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Hi all, I would be upgrading from the rig in my signature if I decide to buy. I have read so many should I upgrade threads, but still can't make up my mind. If I do, I would only be upgrading just the cpu(4770K), mobo, ram and ssd(sata 3); gpu would be next year.

My current system has served me well for the past 3 years and a half with exception of the video card which I got on August last year. I use it mostly for gaming, general usage and occasional audio/video editing.

In other threads most people advise that performance gaming wise would be the same as games are more gpu dependant, but have experienced a faster system with general windows tasks. My system is not slow for general usage by any means but I could use faster, many have reported a huge improvement in windows usage going from a sata 2 ssd to a sata 3 ssd.

If I do end up upgrading to haswell, I would most definitely delid to try and reach at least 4.5ghz. If I don't, then I would wait probably for haswell-e. I could go for Ivy-e but I don't like the current motherboards offerings.


What do you guys think, any advise would be appreciated.
Edited by pacho - 8/29/13 at 1:00pm
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If you're mainly gaming, you'll see more of an improvement with switching to a 120Hz monitor. Don't listen to noobs who say the following:
-"Durr you can't see it if you're not getting 120FPS!!!!!!!!"
"Derp derp the human eye can't see more than 30FPS!!!!!!!"
"It's not even noticeable!"
People who spread those fallacies have never used a 120Hz monitor before, yes the colors are worse because it's a TN panel that's all about speed but if you're gaming you will notice how smooth everything looks. IMO 120Hz+Low > 60Hz Ultra. I made the switch a few days ago and it's incredible.
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I have yet to try gaming with a 120hz+ monitor, but since I have a 30" monitor, I would rather stay with the size and resolution advantage.
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Originally Posted by pacho View Post

I have yet to try gaming with a 120hz+ monitor, but since I have a 30" monitor, I would rather stay with the size and resolution advantage.

Who's to say you can't have both? If your desk is big enough, play fast paced games on the 120Hz and games that will benefit from the higher resolution on the 30" that way you get the best of both worlds.

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