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Weekend Open Forum: Your next PC upgrade

By Matthew ยท 82 replies
Feb 24, 2012
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  1. I just ordered some parts yesterday from NCIX for the next build

    Antec 300 case as it was on for $39 after rebate, I love this case as I already own 3

    OCZ petrol 128 GB SSD for $104(After Rebate) with a free LG DVD burner

    Acer T231H Touch Screen for Windows 8 for $280.24 Price Matched

    I have power supplies and hard drives and am waiting for Ivy-bridge and will buy

    i5-3570k -> to wife's i3-530 -->to Media Center E5700 -> Linux Box P4-530J -> retirement

    On the fence on upgrading my HD 5770 in my i7-2600 rig to GFX-480 that ncix has on for $249 this week or waiting for next gen nvidia as I want cuda for Adobe After Effects
  2. darkzelda

    darkzelda TS Addict Posts: 287   +97

    I'm buying an AMD HD 7870 to replace my HD 6850. But I'll wait until the graphics cards prices drop a bit, since the price for an 7870 will be a bit high when it comes out.
  3. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 756   +213

    I think my i7 laptop with a GTX 260M will hold me off for another year, but my system is showing it's age now.
  4. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    Will be getting a triple monitor setup with a 7970 or two once prices come down... or whatever Nvidia pull out from their sleeve.

    Also it's not quite a PC upgrade but I will be getting a 2nd gen Samsung Series 9 laptop/ultrabook for work. Had a look in store and absolutely loved the design, the thin bezels and most of all the widest viewing angle I've ever seen on a laptop, on a par with the cheaper IPS panels.
  5. venomblade

    venomblade TS Rookie Posts: 69

    A 2500k or 3570k, an HD 7870 or the nvidia equivalent, and another Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
  6. Im still running a quadcore with agp
  7. NZvista

    NZvista TS Enthusiast Posts: 90

    Still rolling with some 2008 fossils, a AMD Dual Core 3.2gz, WD 7200rpm 300g hard drive, along with some newer 800mhz 4gig ddr2, an Asus EAH 4770HD and a truck load of fans. Pretty basic stuff which I would love to upgrade, clearly if you were to though, you would have to do it all at once.

    My problem is, even this set up can play every game i've tried, at moderate setting at least (mostly on high). New released games would need to consistently be challenging the capabilities of even modern systems to warrant upgrades for any practical purpose. Upgrading every year, or even every 2, currently seems a waste.
  8. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Posts: 915   +24

    i just downgraded my pu from 560ti to 8800gt. i realized i didnt spend so much time on gaming and i figured out it's better if i got rid of the card asap before the price depreciates even further. removed the internal dvd drive as well. use back the older (but reputable) 520W PSU and got rid of the new 620W modular ones, since the gpu is worse and i can bear with the extra wires. it seems im on the opposite direction :).

    my next upgrade would be SSD upgrade. im going to transfer this agility 3 to my laptop and probably use faster SSD for the i5 machine. once you go SSD there is no going back lol
  9. CrossCheck

    CrossCheck TS Rookie

    Its not hard at all to build your own. take some time to watch some vids on youtube. or buy the parts you want and take it to a computer store near you and have them build it for you

    I recently added the Sapphire OC edition 7950. looking to make the jump from an i5-750 and my p55 board to an Intel Core i7-3820 and an x78 board with at least 16gb of ram here soon
  10. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,162   +3,260

    SSD and new generation GPU (class upgrade as well)

    I've already done all other upgrades for a few years.
  11. soldier1969

    soldier1969 TS Booster Posts: 244   +43

    Upgraded last Fall after being with AMD for many years from a AMD 955 quad to a 2600k, upped my ram from 8gb 1333 to 8gb 1600, from a single 5870 to 2 GTX 580s 3GB versions in SLI on a 30" 2560 x 1600 monitor, also from a 64Gb Crucial SSD to a 128GB M4 Crucial SSD and XFi Fatality surround card. Also went with a MSI GD80 Z68 mb thats Ivy ready and PCI Exp 3.0 ready. Did it all to have a BF3 ready PC so I could max out everything. After some tweaking I'm sitting pretty. Thinking of going with a Ivy bridge CPU and 2 GTX 680s in SLI this summer just cause I can and its a hobby. I want to hit 5GHz stable next from my current 4.5
  12. penn919

    penn919 TS Booster Posts: 197   +43

    I've got no such plans in the near future. I'm holding steady with my 6yr old Acer T160, and I've upgraded pretty much everything in it already so.....
  13. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,041   +793

    Well my first thing on the list is a headset, precisely the SteelSeries 7H's

    Second will be more RAM, I would prefer to have 8GB instead of my current 4GB.

    Third will be a sound Card to go along with those lovely headphones :)

    IF I do fancy changing my graphics card this year it'll be a high end Nvidia card but my 560ti just doesn't struggle with anything so I may give it a miss, appart from that my system is already water cooled, already SSD'ed up and i7 2600K'ed up, I don't really have a reason to upgrade for a long time :)
  14. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Evangelist Posts: 599   +56

    I'm waiting for a Kepler card, probably the GK104 a.k.a. GTX 670 Ti by most accounts. My GTX 260 has done me well, but I'm Jonesing for some ultra Battlefield 3 play!
  15. Marnomancer

    Marnomancer TS Booster Posts: 723   +51

    If we wait some more time, we might either see h/w prices hit rock-bottom, or skyrocket. Duh...if only my economist sister would let me know.
  16. Captain828

    Captain828 TS Guru Posts: 287   +10

    Planning on getting a SSD this year and perhaps upgrade to an Intel i-Series CPU (got a Q9550 @ 4GHz now).
  17. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Evangelist Posts: 594   +58

    Just my opinion but I think EVERYONE's next upgrade should be an SSD.
  18. good timing :D

    I'm currently awaiting delivery of a new case (NZXT Phantom replacing a CiT Storm), PSU (Antec Truepower New 650W replacing a Be Quiet 530W) and mobo (Maximus IV Gene-Z replacing an MSI P67-GD55 that's suffering from cougar point woes)

    all to prepare for replacing my 6950 with either a 7970 or something nVidia flavoured in a month or so

    should be here tomorrow
    excited :D :D :D
  19. My next upgrade will be with a Enterprise like computer. Hope I will not get Data as a bonus ^^
    How many lives I need to wait?
  20. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,907   +591

  21. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    My next upgrade will take some time to realize since I'll be waiting for the 22-nm version of the Core i7 3930K or whatever they call the next generation of LGA 2011 / X79 parts. I intend to pair it with 32 gigs of Corsair Vengeance memory and probably Nvidia's or AMD's next multi-GPU model, haven't decided on which brand since I currently own both. It will probably be a relatively long wait since LGA 2011 CPUs and X79 boards have yet to reach my little corner of the planet. Probably just as well because I'd need to save some more as this will be my most expensive upgrade to date. I've already ordered a Corsair AX1200 PSU and will probably settle for a Cooler Master Storm Trooper case to fit everything inside.
  22. DarKSeeD

    DarKSeeD TS Booster Posts: 95

    SSD and a new case.
  23. Clearly lots of gamers on here! Here's a completely different view.

    Believe it or not, I plan a complete replacement (duh!) of a decade-old PII based machine. I am waiting for Ivy Bridge because of the better performance vs. power ratio. This is an audio production machine which must be very quiet since it is used on location, so lower power means lower fan noise. I will go with an i7, however, to allow more plug ins during mix down.

    I plan to use a solid state boot drive, periodically shadowed to a low-power laptop HD. Data drive will be a 2 Gig Seagate Barracuda -- cost no object there. Traditionally, audio workstations have been built with mid to low-end fanless graphics cards, but I'm thinking Intel motherboard graphics might be adequate now. I also need to add a firewire card (TI only, please!), because firewire is disappearing from modern motherboards. Changing interfaces is not an option: pro-grade audio interfaces cost much more than the computer.

    Case will be a 3-space rack mount with acoustic treatment and the quietest power supply I can find. I haven't figured out what to do about the CPU cooler, as quiet alternatives to Intel's liquid cooler seem to be slow in coming.
  24. Well...

    I lucked out and grabbed two (2) Crucial M4s for $79/each... & had already had a Hitachi Desktar 1TB (7K1000.D).

    With high-end ram being "reasonable" I am just going to build a whole new system to compliment my-ever-growing home network.

    So, In leu of the newly released Intel LGA 2011 i7-3820 @ $300 bones, I can "afford" myself the extra $100 it takes to move to the X79/LGA2011 platform..., as it has much longer legs than the LGA1155. Plus, I am certain that within 2 years time, there will be a killer 8-core monster within a few ticks (or, is that tocks..?)

    I don't splurge and would never had bought those 2 SSD's had they not been such an absurd steal. But I do believe that since AMD blundered with Bulldozer and the New CEO hitting up Mobile, an Intel rig (folding/gaming/3d modeling) has a better upcycle to it, than AMD right now. Matter-of-fact, I havn't built an Intel rig in 5 years, though I built 14 AMD rigs in the last 2 years for others.

    I will also be building my first HTPC this fall, that will almost assuridly be based on AMD's "trinity" APU "fusion" technology. Plus any laptop advice will lean towards AMD platform.

    I am unbias, just see logic & reasoning.
  25. There are no games, that I know of, that my system can't already max out. And nothing I know of on the horizon either.

    The only upgrade I want to make is more monitors (for daytrading), and more high-speed SSDs to replace the RAID HDDs.

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