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Old 02-03-2012, 02:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Id like to know what to do with my taxes. I have enough for either a 7970 or a decent i7 and pcie 3.0 mobo. Id like to go amd but they dont have any pcie 3 compatible boards, that I'm aware of. Should i wait for some amd boards to come out, or should I jump ship and go with the i7 and gen3 combo and save up for that purrty 7970? Or is pcie 3 something to not buy into just quite yet? Perhaps pcie 3 is the NEXT major upgrade? Thanks guys!

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Lord only knows when PCIe is going to be necessary. And honestly with Intel IB coming in a few months there will probably be a new chipset with it as well anyway.
I haven't heard about AM4 boards yet (if that is the name they go with), though I don't really follow AMD that closely, but I would assume they will be sporting PCIe 3.0.

Honestly 7970 is probably your best bet, unless you want to wait for Nvidia's 6## series.

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Well in the last few minutes of my work week, reading other threads on here. I think ive decided to upgrade to an ssd first. And then that will satisfy my upgrade cravings till pcie 3 AMD boards come out, and do a little more shopping. Thanks for the input.
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futureproofing is impossible. It's impossible to judge when the right moment to jump on new products is. It's better to just buy stuff and upgrade what you need/want to upgrade ^.^
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Current cards do not saturate a PCIe 2 lane, so PCIe 3 is not really a big deal to worry about. Just sayin'.

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Old 02-05-2012, 05:47 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I agree with peter. Build to the best you can with your budget. You can never account for what comes out in the future. Watch this video to find out more...

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Just remember future proofing is really not possible , as new and better hardware constantly is arriving.

Getting the best bang for your buck is a better way of thinking about it.

I agree with the ssd idea if you need an upgrading crave curbed

I never really wanted one when the large TB 7200rpm drives were cheap, but when the prices went out rageous I bought an ssd.

I love it and would like to have a bigger one....but just having my os on it is really, really nice.

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