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Hey guys, I recently found out I got admitted into my dream school (Princeton) and got a nice little gift from my parents in the form of $2000. I had to pretty much stay away from pc gaming during high school to study study study but now I'm ready to splurge on a new rig to play BF3 and other games. So my big question is, should I buy everything now or wait until the summer? Are there any new cpus or graphics card that will be released in the coming months that I should wait for? I'll probably spend ~$1200 give or take a little on the new computer (excluding monitor, etc).

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You could probably get away with just a GPU upgrade.

You're going to be way more study study study if you actually had to study that much in high school.
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Yea ditch that 5770 and get something nice...and yea...college will be fun! Wooooo party time
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post #4 of 15
if i were u i rather focus more on school trust u will waste alot of time playing games, and u will get lazy. Don't let it distract u lol.

u have a decent rig right now, i would upgrade the video card first, if you are not happy with the performance, then upgrade cpu + mobo. good lucky with school
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Whats your major? If it is anything more intensive than basic communications you should spend that on a laptop and give up gaming except for the summers and breaks. College is about 500 times harder than high school is. (I am a sophomore mechanical engineer. I have plenty of friends in non engineering fields and they also have tons of work) - and then there are other extra curriculars. You will barely video game at all if you are social in the least bit.
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Wait and save up a little more if you really want to splurge...
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post #7 of 15
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Well I figure I'll also have to upgrade my power supply then, but I guess that's more cost-effective than buying a whole new computer.


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Originally Posted by Komder View Post
Yea ditch that 5770 and get something nice...and yea...college will be fun! Wooooo party time
woo yup. goo tigers!!

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Whats your major? If it is anything more intensive than basic communications you should spend that on a laptop and give up gaming except for the summers and breaks. College is about 500 times harder than high school is. (I am a sophomore mechanical engineer. I have plenty of friends in non engineering fields and they also have tons of work) - and then there are other extra curriculars. You will barely video game at all if you are social in the least bit.
I'm a Chem major, and I understand how difficult college is; I took a summer session at Stanford last summer and it was the most challenging class I ever took (but also the most rewarding). I don't plan to game 24/7 obviously, but it'll be nice to relax and play BF3 and other games on the weekends and on break. I'm pretty social so I will go out on weekends and join clubs too but...what can I say? I love games.
Edited by jak - 4/5/11 at 1:35pm
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You could probably get away with just a GPU upgrade.

You're going to be way more study study study if you actually had to study that much in high school.
I really would agree with this.... I would keep your current rig and get a better video card. like a 6970 or something, as well as a good PSU to power it. The difference in gaming performance between an i5 750 and a SB rig would be pretty non existent I would think.
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post #9 of 15
Yea, I agree, your processor is fine for gaming and you should get a 570 or 6970. But if you must buy a new one.........wait till June for bulldozer to release. Also buy a nice 1k watt psu for future sli/xfire for when you're poor and in college working for 7 bucks an hour
post #10 of 15
you have a beautiful rig.. just buy a vx550 now...wait for release of BF3..then buy a new gpu... some brands will give you free BF3 game along with gpu..release date of BF3 is November 2nd, 2011
Edited by neojjjk - 4/5/11 at 1:44pm
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