That is the question.
On the fence on this one so hoping some angles/opinions here I've missed.
My brother in law is looking for an upgrade, he wants to spend the $$$ now and i'm wondering if he should pocket it for an i7 rig later, or atleast wait a little longer for prices to drop a bit more. He's got $700 to spend, no increase if he waits and he's giving his old stuff to my sister so no re-sale $$$.
He wants option 1, i told him to wait and upgrade to i7 (option 3):
Buy now q9550 + bundle deal at ncix.com of evga 790i + 4 GB DDR3 4x1GB
(see link below) all under $700CAN
Option 2) -if he insists on upgrading his 775
-q9550 now, mobo later after prices drop more. Maybe a cheaper tri-SLI DDR2 mobo if he can find one. Pocket extra cash and upgrade in 2011 to whole new system or help towards his next 260.
- Get nothing now and wait till the last minute in June and get an i7 rig.
Here are some relevant facts:
- Wants a minimum three PCI-e rig that supports SLI (No arguing here...i know, i tried)
- He already has an evga 260 so no gpu upgrade needed
- He currently has an e5200 and an EP43 mobo, he says he doesn't really have any issues right now with the rig, he just wants to upgrade.
So, to sum up, he thinks by June he still won't be able to afford an i7 rig (mobo, RAM, cpu) or that what he would be able to get would be inferior to a q9550 quad and that the current 775 prices aren't going to go much lower. Here is the bundle he wants me to give him the go ahead on buying :P
NCIX.com - Buy NCIX Gaming Bundle Deal EVGA 790I Ftw Digital Motherboard & 4GB DDR3-1866 RAM -UNASSEMBLED - eVGA-790i-digital-4GB In Canada.
I'll admit, it's a great price (here in CAN $$$) but i'm thinking they'll still drop lower if he waits a couple of months. 775 is far from dead, IMHO. And if he insists on upgrading everything now why not go with this board instead:
Is DDR3 support worth the extra $100?
Anyways, that's it. I think he's nuts and I believe prices should have dropped enough by June/July that for $600-$700 he can get an i7 rig considering all he needs is ram, cpu and mobo. but he's got the upgrade itch, help me convince him.