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So I've had this rig for about 2 years and it still does everything I want it to. But I have an urge to upgrade. I'm trying to figure out what I should save up for for my next upgrade.

I was thinking of getting a new video card. Maybe a HD6970 or a GTX 570.

Or maybe upgrade to 1155, 1366 or Ivy Bridge (2011?) or AM3+.

Any thoughts?

Thanks for the help.
Edited by JonC04 - 1/15/11 at 5:24pm
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I'm on a LGA775 board myself, and I'm upgrading to Sandy Bridge, seeing it's the most reasonable and affordable upgrade Don't really care about Ivy Bridge My new rig will keep me settled for quite some time

Hope you find a solution

I'd personally say X58 if you're high-end, LGA1155 - i5k - if midrange, or LGA1155 - i7k - if high-end
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Originally Posted by JonC04 View Post
So I've had this rig for about 2 years and it still does everything I want it to. But I have an urge to upgrade. I'm trying to figure out what I should save up for for my next upgrade.

I was thinking of getting a new video card. Maybe a HD6970 or a GTX 570.

Or maybe upgrade to 1155, 1366 or Ivy Bridge (2011?) or AM3+.

Any thoughts?

Thanks for the help.
Well you will get more of an upgrade out of a new CPU than a new GPU for sure. Dual cores really aren't as viable as they used to be. Most new games nowadays will utilize quad cores. The Sandy Bridge i3 is probably the last time Intel is ever going to release a new dual core.

If you are unsure what platform to use, think about how much you are willing to wait. If you want to upgrade soon(in the next month or so) go 1155. It will give you overall better performance than 1366(unless you go 980x) at the same price range. If you want to wait then go for Ivy Bridge, which should give even more performance, then you may be waiting for awhile. Intel is claiming a Q2 2011 release though many people are speculating it will fall to 2012. So basically no one has any idea when it will be out, it may be worth it if you are patient though.
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Since your rig still does everything that you want it to, I would honestly wait until AM3+ comes out. You could then either pick up another GTX 260 for SLI or perhaps you could upgrade that to something a bit better; perhaps a card with Direct-X 11.
    
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I'm on a LGA775 board myself, and I'm upgrading to Sandy Bridge, seeing it's the most reasonable and affordable upgrade Don't really care about Ivy Bridge My new rig will keep me settled for quite some time

Hope you find a solution

I'd personally say X58 if you're high-end, LGA1155 - i5k - if midrange, or LGA1155 - i7k - if high-end
Thanks for your input.

I'm sure that LGA775 is dead by now, but I would be able to last a few more years. It's just so tempting to upgrade because so much new tech is coming out. Sandy Bridge is intimidating because the i7k have so much overclocking potential.

It would just be a lot more money when I'm switching platforms because I have to get all new RAM and I would need to get a new cooler or new retention brackets.

Thank again!
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I would go for the 570..then you can fold better on it as well...And when you do decide to upgrade later on to Ivy Bridge or something like that, then you will be set as far as video needs are...

And if your not then you could at that time prolly pick up another 570 pretty cheap...
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Well you will get more of an upgrade out of a new CPU than a new GPU for sure. Dual cores really aren't as viable as they used to be. Most new games nowadays will utilize quad cores. The Sandy Bridge i3 is probably the last time Intel is ever going to release a new dual core.

If you are unsure what platform to use, think about how much you are willing to wait. If you want to upgrade soon(in the next month or so) go 1155. It will give you overall better performance than 1366(unless you go 980x) at the same price range. If you want to wait then go for Ivy Bridge, which should give even more performance, then you may be waiting for awhile. Intel is claiming a Q2 2011 release though many people are speculating it will fall to 2012. So basically no one has any idea when it will be out, it may be worth it if you are patient though.
Yea, I feel so behind in tech with a dual-core because quad-cores are so cheap now. I'm willing to wait a while if it's worth it. If I wait it out, Ivy Bridge should be damn good. =/

I was looking on the site and I saw an article about Ivy Bridge releasing in Q2 which is why I got the urge to upgrade. =P

Thanks for the help!
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Thanks for your input.

I'm sure that LGA775 is dead by now, but I would be able to last a few more years. It's just so tempting to upgrade because so much new tech is coming out. Sandy Bridge is intimidating because the i7k have so much overclocking potential.

It would just be a lot more money when I'm switching platforms because I have to get all new RAM and I would need to get a new cooler or new retention brackets.

Thank again!
1156 coolers fit 1155


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You could also put it this way: Upgrade now, or wait always


I mean, if you wait for Ivy Bridge, which will probably be here 2012, then you could wait for the next big thing, and then again, and again, and again...etc.


That's why I don't give a **** about "waiting" - I just upgrade


I'm getting the i5k, ASRock P67 Extreme4 mobo and 4 Gb. CL9 Kingston HyperX RAM
- should be just fine for a 4.5-5.0 Ghz. OC
- and ASRock's quality rocks!



That would be around $580
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Since your rig still does everything that you want it to, I would honestly wait until AM3+ comes out. You could then either pick up another GTX 260 for SLI or perhaps you could upgrade that to something a bit better; perhaps a card with Direct-X 11.
You're right, since it's not necessary for me to upgrade, I don't feel the need to. We'll see how Bulldozer turns out in comparison to Ivy Bridge. I'm all for price : performance so I'll have to wait for some benchmarks and reviews.

I considered doing SLI, but single cards seem more practical because I wouldn't have to upgrade my power supply and I don't need that much power for a single-monitor setup at my resolution.

Thanks for the input. =)
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Yea, I feel so behind in tech with a dual-core because quad-cores are so cheap now. I'm willing to wait a while if it's worth it. If I wait it out, Ivy Bridge should be damn good. =/

I was looking on the site and I saw an article about Ivy Bridge releasing in Q2 which is why I got the urge to upgrade. =P

Thanks for the help!
I am still quite skeptical about the Q2 release though, I doubt it will be out on time.
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