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Should I wait or buy new (budget) build now?

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I need to upgrade my build, but I've been debating with myself and it's getting nowhere!

If I were to build something now, the problem is I might not be able to use it until September-ish and by then I could probably get some better hardware. On the other hand, stuff like RAM right now is dirt cheap and I probably wouldn't go wrong to buy it now.

Regardless, it'd be a limited budget build with *slight* gaming capabilities (SC2, anyone?). I'd probably keep my case + optical drives + hard drives (will probably use Seagate 7200.11 or 12 as the OS hdd, whichever it was I had..) and I already have a spare OS (thank you MSDNAA!) and get something along the lines of:

CPU: Phenom X2 555 BE / Athlon II X3 or X4
MOBO: Unknown (What's cheap that can unlock?)
RAM: 4GB
GPU: 4670/5670
PSU: Antec TP 650 (Friend's selling used for ~50-60)

So, you guys think I should just go for it now or wait? And if now, anything specific I need replaced? Also, the 5670 I'm looking into right now has a V2 and V1... what's better?

Comments and criticism are welcome! Simply looking for whatevers the best bang for the buck
    
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V2 is better. It's running GDDR5 while the V1 is running GDDR3.

Everything looks good, that Phenom 2 may unlock to a quad core I believe.

What's your board budget?


Just saw the date you'd be able to use it. Hold out on everything. All sorts of new tech will be out by then.
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Would avoid the Phenom II X2s. Not all of them unlock and you really should upgrade to a true quad core. I had a 555 that didn't unlock and a dual core isn't enough for some things these days.

For that price range a C2 stepping Phenom II X4 820 would be your best bet. 105 dollars with 4mb L3 cache and can be overclocked higher than the stock 2.8. OEM so you'd want to add an aftermarket heatsink.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-824-_-Product
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wait. new stuff from AMD is coming out fairly soon.
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Alright. From general consensus... I'll probably wait until September then.

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V2 is better. It's running GDDR5 while the V1 is running GDDR3.

Everything looks good, that Phenom 2 may unlock to a quad core I believe.

What's your board budget?


Just saw the date you'd be able to use it. Hold out on everything. All sorts of new tech will be out by then.
V2 only has 512MB though, think that'd be enough for SC2? Actually, do you think I should buy this now? As much as I hate MIR it isn't too bad - or by September do you think theres advancements to GPUs too? I've been slightly out of the loop lately..


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Would avoid the Phenom II X2s. Not all of them unlock and you really should upgrade to a true quad core. I had a 555 that didn't unlock and a dual core isn't enough for some things these days.

For that price range a C2 stepping Phenom II X4 820 would be your best bet. 105 dollars with 4mb L3 cache and can be overclocked higher than the stock 2.8. OEM so you'd want to add an aftermarket heatsink.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-824-_-Product
Initially my second choice was the Athlon II X4 640. After double checking prices and looking into that CPU though, I wonder why it's not recommended more often? For the same price as the Athlon it includes the L3 cache... Seems puzzling to me me.

But as said, I'll probably buy it at a later date then -- thanks everyone for the responses so far!
    
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