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What is my next upgrade?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
I currently have i7-2700k, which has been serving me well. It is currently on water and can run 24/7 on 5ghz within a safe volt and temp.

However, I have an upgrade itch and I'd like to start planning. I am looking for bigger and better.. Probably more cores.

Looking to put a nice new build together mid to late 2014.. Hopefully something will be out by then that's worth upgrading from my 2700?

I don't like throwing money around for no reason. So it would have to be a significant mprovement without breaking the bank..

Heard Hawsell E looks promising with an 8 core but rumor has it will be $1000 I don't see the usefulness of that at that price tag..

Any advice? Haven't been keeping tabs on thing except when Ivy and Haswell came out and were only 10-15% increase..
post #2 of 7
The 2700k is still an excellent CPU and should remain so for quite some time. If your having the upgrade itch, I would get a new GPU or SLI that 670.
post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
I hear you.. Maybe wait for 800 series next March as they should be even more promising than the 700 series refresh..

Was kinda hoping to to hop on a new chip set and get ddr4.. But I'm sure that will be way too pricey upon release.
post #4 of 7
Unfortunately JMattes the 2700k is a great cpu and realistically there is no logical need to upgrade. Ive been from 2700k to 3770k and there is no noticeable difference whatsoever.

Its a catch 22 situation with the 2700k, its was a great upgrade from the lieks of the i7 920, but between that 3770k and 4770k theres no real need to upgrade.

Im in same boat as you...ill probably keep my cpu til at least we see 8 core Intel cpus that are reasonably priced.
post #5 of 7
Since there is no real justification to upgrade your CPU right now I could suggest a few other things that can be great upgrades:

1. IPS panel monitor. The image quality is noticeably superior to TN panels and you can go high resolution like 2560x1440.

2. GTX 780 or Titan. Depending on the performance and pricing of the upcoming cards from AMD next month Nvidia may have to adjust the pricing on these cards.

3. Audio. Consider an amp and some hifi speakers. Or new headphones and a sound card with a good headphone amp, or just a headphone amp. These can make a big difference for gaming or any multimedia stuff on your PC.

4. 120Hz monitor. I haven't personally used one of these but I have heard that the improvement is fast action is great and I want to get one as a secondary monitor. If only someone would release a 120Hz monitor with an IPS panel... sigh...

5. Get some new accessories. I just ordered this thing called the Stinky Footboard. I usually never buy things like this, as usually they seem to gimmicky, not to mention expensive, but this thing seems like it may actually be pretty useful. I'll find out next week!

When I get the upgrade itch but it doesn't make sense to upgrade the core components I just look around and see what kind of cool stuff is out there in the PC world and if something catches my eye I'll pick it up. You'll come across some cool stuff that way.
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Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD Western Digtal 2TB RE4 Plextor 24x DL Burner ThermalTake Water 2.0 Extreme 
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Windows 7 Pro 64-bit Acer XB270HU 2560x1440, IPS-type panel, 144hz, ... EIZO FG2421 1920x1080 VA 120Hz QuickFire Cherry Blue 
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Lepa G1000 1kw Corsair 550D Logitech G400 Roccat Taito 
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post #6 of 7
if you want an upgrade maybe step up to GTX780s or the new AMDcards with a 1440 Monitor ((or monitors)) or 144Hz surround
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post #7 of 7
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I have to say you all pretty much agreed with each other which reinforced the decision..

I think I will wait till March and pick up two SLI 880's put them on water and call it for the next 5 years haha..

Maybe I will switch out my case for a caselabs since I was eyeing one of those for a year or so..
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