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Is it worth it to build a PC at this moment in time?

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My brother wants to get started on building a gaming rig, but with new technlogies like DDR4 and DX12 coming out this year/next year, I'm just wondering if it's a good time to build a PC probably consisting a 4670k/16gb ddr3/780. I feel like there'll always be something around the corner, but with DX12 going to need new cards to take advantage of it, I wonder if it's worth building a rig now with soon to be "outdated" parts.
post #2 of 40
Definitely wait at least for the Haswell refresh.
post #3 of 40
most of important stuff that we know about for dx12 is supported by gtx400 series

ddr4 isn't coming until like 2h 2015 or 1h 2016 for desktop mainstream segment (like 4670k replacements)

biggest thing to wait for is gtx800 series in ~3-6 months probably
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Honestly, you can wait and get the newest gear when it comes out but at that time there will be new technologies to wait for. If you got the budget to build a pc stated in the OP, i would build it, it's gonna be powerful for years, and you can upgrade to 780 sli later on which scales very well.
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The waiting game never works in the PC world. You will end up waiting forever, there is always something better right around the corner.

Build a new rig when you need to, or when something comes out that you really want to play with, or whatever. Don't bother waiting until "the good stuff" is out, as that will never end.

Just make sure that whenever you DO build a system, you understand the status quo and the foreseeable steps forward. If you know something new is coming out soon and you want to use it, make sure you invest in a platform that will be compatible, else don't invest much at all as it will have to be quickly replaced.
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As has been said above, you could forever wait for the next thing to come out, and all that time you could be gaming smile.gif

One consideration is that March/April tend to be the cheapest time to buy kit, the two factors (in the UK at least) that have driven this for at least the past 20 years, is TAX year end for VAT and the fact that many new products are released at the end of Q2 or during Q3.

So you could get much better value for money buying now, not to mention that the current available kit is more than a match for all of the current games.
    
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post #7 of 40
DX12 is not around the corner and by the time it catches up (no sooner than 18 months from now I bet) there will be even cheap upgrades for that 780 ,fully supporting it. Wait for haswell refresh/9 series motherboards and build around those.
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If you want it,yes.
If you can wait,wait.
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post #9 of 40
Agreeing with most of the comments here, but the least you could do is wait for GTX 8xx its not that far away, also Don't worry about DX12 , even the GTX 8xx series wont be supporting all of its features.
post #10 of 40
To sum it up, tech always changes but wait for the Haswell refresh (they're improving the TIM & package on it) and the GTX 800 series as those are very tangible updates coming up. Don't worry about DDR4 & DX12.
Edited by TheBloodEagle - 4/1/14 at 6:43am
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