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Wondering if now is a good time to upgrade or are there some nice advances in technology around the corner. I hear about ddr4, haswell refresh(?), and Z97 and X99 boards...and also something about m.2 for SSD. Totally been out of the loop for a while so need to play catch up. If it will be worth the wait, I could wait until next black Friday and just chug along with what I have till then. But if the new hardware isn't going to be out by then then now might be a good time for a few upgrades.

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i7 920 CPU
6gb ddr3 @ 1333
Foxconn bloodrage X58 mb
Windforce 7950 gpu
300gb WD velociraptor (running the OS.)
X2 WD Caviar black 1TB hdd
Corsair 850HX psu
Antec 1200 case
Plexor DVD drive
24" Samsung syncmaster 1080p monitor.
Vista 64 bit yup... tongue.gif

Was thinking at the bare minimum I'll get a 240gb SSD and Windows 8.1. I also need more storage and don't want to lose all the media I have on my HDs. The case and PSU are solid still so no need to upgrade there. I'll probably never do SLI or crossfire either. And I'll be processing the sound through an external DAC so don't care about onboard audio. PC is mostly HTPC plus gaming of all sorts here and there. Pretty sure the GPU is solid right now too and no need to upgrade that atm. Budget is loose but want to keep it around $700 give or take. Can spend more if I wait though :/
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Just buy a 250GB/500GB Samsung evo, wait for windows 9 next year.

Buy a better cooler and overclock CPU - hope it is not co/c1 as can be more difficult to oc,  but can still manage 3.4Hz(min were good anyway), otherwise 4-4.2 is possible. Oc helped Crysis 1 a lot - more fluid when moving around.

 

If you are satisfied with gpu, try to skip first gen of 20nm - might be hard - may be buying something used in half a year when people drop their cards for first gen :D.   


Edited by G woodlogger - 4/12/14 at 3:24am
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Just did some googling and looks like the "devil's canyon" broadwell chips by Intel are going to be out shortly following the 9 series chipsets due to release in May. Supposedly an OC'ers dream chip.

Why would they release the refreah haswells right before the broadwells? Both will be on the 1150 socket. Unless the price of the broadwells are going to be through the roof, I don't see why anyone would get a haswell refresh.

Edit: nm, I just saw the date of that article is a year old. Guessing the broadwells got pushed back. Might still pick up a Z97 when they come out though since they'll support that CPU whenever it does come out.
Edited by Trace - 4/12/14 at 5:25am
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The X58 platform is still alive and kicking and I see it still working very well for another couple years. Its up to you if you want to upgrade but as far as your build goes All you need at best or just a decent size SSD and you're golden. OR if you want up yourself to a i7 970 or if your board can handle it get ya a XEON lol, I dont personally plan on doing that but my 930 definitely does the job I need it to do with it only OCed to 3.6GHz. If you do plan on getting an SSD i would say samsung pro ( or evo up to you) intel, crucial only, suggesting samsung pro or crucial M550 versions. They are siiiick
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Also I would suggest waiting till skylake comes out. Thats what Im going to do and once the real Maxwell GPUs come out along with a steady DDR4 and kick but skylake chips. You'll definitely want to upgrade then. As for now you will see some difference but not very much. Your looking at what... maybe 20% at best for a couple $ks?
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With the lower CPU load of Direcx12 and g-sync/free sync it might be good enough for the next 5 years:).

As long you are not into 120 hz monitors. 4k monitors will probably squeeze most cards to 40hz any way:D

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The X58 platform is still alive and kicking and I see it still working very well for another couple years. Its up to you if you want to upgrade but as far as your build goes All you need at best or just a decent size SSD and you're golden. OR if you want up yourself to a i7 970 or if your board can handle it get ya a XEON lol, I dont personally plan on doing that but my 930 definitely does the job I need it to do with it only OCed to 3.6GHz. If you do plan on getting an SSD i would say samsung pro ( or evo up to you) intel, crucial only, suggesting samsung pro or crucial M550 versions. They are siiiick

Yeah, those 970s are $600 on amazon...no thanks lol!
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With the lower CPU load of Direcx12 and g-sync/free sync it might be good enough for the next 5 years:) .
As long you are not into 120 hz monitors. 4k monitors will probably squeeze most cards to 40hz any way:D

Sorry, but I have no idea how the monitors refresh rate affects the CPU.
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I mean the lowest core i think it was a 950 or 960 I forget lol, Yea they want alot for that crap anyways LOL I think its 399$ or something less than that
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Good to see folks still hanging on to the 1st Gen platforms thumb.gif A 250 or 500gb 840 EVO should suit your needs and possibly a newer video card if you want more eye candy and frames on your games.
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Good to see folks still hanging on to the 1st Gen platforms thumb.gif A 250 or 500gb 840 EVO should suit your needs and possibly a newer video card if you want more eye candy and frames on your games.

Aren't the current gen GPUs only a slight bump in performance from my 7950? I kind of have a rule to not spend more than around $400 for a GPU anyway. I'm sure the 780ti will smoke my 7950 but I'm not dropping $700 on a GPU lol. Aren't the 800 series nvidias going to be out soon?
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