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Old 06-06-2013, 09:46 PM
 
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My Mom paid for the vacation, as she needed my help to go there.
Now I feel kinda bad for busting out like that but still your fault for excluding that tiny bit detail!


PS. The geek in me suggest you upgrade just the video card instead of the entire system. The CPU is more than enough for most games, the video card however is likely to be not.

Here is a kick.ss video card for about $190 (plus another $15 MIR discount) with promo code that gets e-mailed:

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Old 06-07-2013, 12:46 AM
 
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A Geforce 550 is way weaker than my 2 year old 570.
If I was teenager I might care, you're missing my point. I picked up a reasonably good card for $100, the funny thing is can afford to spend $650 on a video card but I'm not going too. I guess that's probably why I can afford to buy a $650 video card.

CC's are bad news unless you're like me taking all the advantages and paying them off every month, thanks for your contribution.
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Old 06-07-2013, 08:50 PM
 
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I decided to take the plunge on haswell. My last build was 4 years ago, so I went for a mobo/cpu and video card this week. Asrock z87 extreme 6, i7 4770k and an amd 7970. I figure I won't need an upgrade for a long time. If I get to a point where the video card is not good enough anymore, I'll probably buy another 7970 and use crossfire instead of buying another top of the line card. It'll be dirt cheap by then.

I was thinking instead of the mobo/cpu buying 2 more monitors and setting up 3 monitors in eyefinity. However, I can't fit 3 monitors on my desk, so that was scratched (plus I had no real reason to do it other than ""because I can").

I'm still getting stuff installed, initial benchmarks showing about 40% increase in performance over my i7-860 I was using.

The gain from ivy bridge to haswell is minimal, definitely not worth the cost of upgrading.
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Old 06-08-2013, 02:36 PM
 
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I decided to take the plunge on haswell. My last build was 4 years ago, so I went for a mobo/cpu and video card this week. Asrock z87 extreme 6, i7 4770k and an amd 7970. I figure I won't need an upgrade for a long time. If I get to a point where the video card is not good enough anymore, I'll probably buy another 7970 and use crossfire instead of buying another top of the line card. It'll be dirt cheap by then.

I was thinking instead of the mobo/cpu buying 2 more monitors and setting up 3 monitors in eyefinity. However, I can't fit 3 monitors on my desk, so that was scratched (plus I had no real reason to do it other than ""because I can").

I'm still getting stuff installed, initial benchmarks showing about 40% increase in performance over my i7-860 I was using.

The gain from ivy bridge to haswell is minimal, definitely not worth the cost of upgrading.
I ended up getting the AMD 7870 I was suggesting Jesse, to replace my current 6870 which wasn't bad at all but I figured I could still turn around and sell it for about $100 which would reduce the difference to about $100 plus I get 4 cool games in the exchange. Uh, sometimes I just cannot help myself!
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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There's never a "great time to buy"... because as soon as you buy the LATEST AND GREATEST... something else gets announced:

AMD Making a 5 GHz 8-Core Processor At 220 Watts - Slashdot
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Old 06-15-2013, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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I used to be an AMD fan when AMD cpus were faster but they made a stupiud decision a long time ago to cut CHIP R&D, so nowadays they aren't as good as Intel cpu's. For the same cpu speed but lower power draw, I'd rather have an Intel CPU, event hough I'd pay more. But if I'm giving a budget computer to my cousin in the Philippines, maybe it'd have an AMD cpu - cheaper cpu's and mb's.
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:16 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I keep up with the technology so I'd know what's hot and what's not but I can't afford the cutting edge stuff. I'm not worried about that but I like buying the has beens for lot cheaper and still have a decent system as I'm just a casual user with light gaming.

EDIT: Now I just saw Jesse's post and I was an AMD fan ever since the 486 days. On my last build which was last Nov and from researches I saw that Intel are the top dogs now. I went with a Celeron G540 system and it was plenty fast for me. Surprised me as I never liked Celeron in the past but the guys in the forums said go for it. I was budget minded.

After that, month by month, I bought better stuff to build another system and went with an i3-2105. I'm using it now and it's sweet. I even got a cube case since it was $80 off $150. I was taking advantage of sales and rebates from Newegg as time goes on and saved almost $200 in total.
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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I can't buy topline stuff either, like that Titan v.c or the Extreme Edition Intel cpu's that are $1069. I can afford that Geforce 780 at $659, and that 6 core / 12 thread Intel Cpu at $569. But I don't want to upgrade yet, my 2 year old desktop is still fast enough.

If I need to finance a costly new computer build, say $2800+, then I'd call my credit card for an APR rate special, like my recent December to June APR rate of 1.9%, - saved me a lot in interest but the trick is you have to not spend much during the paydown months, and stuff comes up that you want to buy and you hardly get to pay down the debt... That's why I owe my mom $1000 instead of the CC company.
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:50 PM
 
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Besides that you have to be nuts, it will be $300 a year from now and $100 2 years from now.
I don't think anyone who buys a video card buys it for personal finance reasons.
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