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  Quizzical

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5/04/12 1:03:57 PM#21
Originally posted by Badaboom
Originally posted by Quizzical

Should be fine for that part of the build.  You also need a number of other things, and I'd like to know exactly what parts you're planning on keeping to make sure it makes sense to reuse them.

For what it's worth, PowerColor's non-reference cards tend not to be that good.  I'd sooner save some money and get this:

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=69073&vpn=900491&manufacture=VISIONTEK&promoid=1018

VisionTek isn't that good of a board partner, either, but it's a reference card, so it will be fine.

 

Well, to be quite frank, I'm not in a rush to buy as the system I have seems to run my next game of choice (GW2) fine on balanced settings.  I may want to upgrade now so that I can play on max settings, or should I wait to see what Trinity has to offer with A10?  I just bought a 1 TB 7200 rpm HD and have also been thinking of getting an 120 gig SSD.

If you're in no hurry to replace old hardware, then you can wait if you like.  I don't think any upcoming hardware in the near future will be able to make you wish you waited, though.

If you're going to play Guild Wars 2, then it will probably be really nice to have an SSD.  It sure was for GW1.

It's unlikely that Trinity will be as good as Ivy Bridge on the processor side, whether in a desktop or a laptop.  Trinity desktop processors may largely be a way to get rid of dies that can't go in a laptop because they take take too much power.  Llano desktop processors sure were.  Trinity might also be a good budget alternative to Ivy Bridge, since not everyone can afford a $230 processor.  But if you're thinking about spending $500 on a video card, then you've got a big enough budget that you should get Ivy Bridge unless you're going to wait a few months for Vishera (which probably won't be better than Ivy Bridge for gaming) or a year or so for Haswell.

Even in a laptop, the point of Trinity will be really nice integrated graphics (meaning, really nice for integrated graphics, and merely somewhat decent on an absolute scale) paired with a good enough processor.  In a laptop, I expect the choice between Trinity and Ivy Bridge to largely depend on what video card you get.  For integrated graphics only, you want Trinity (even if you're not a gamer!).  For a GeForce video card, you want Ivy Bridge.  For a Cape Verde (Radeon HD 7700M or 7800M series) card, you probably want Trinity unless it's much worse than I'm expecting.  For a Pitcairn (Radeon HD 7900M series) card, it will depend on how good Trinity is and some on personal preferences.

  FrostWyrm

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5/04/12 1:16:08 PM#22

My last upgrade was about 4 years ago. I went lower-high-end because I actually had money to throw around at the time.

Wallet is much tighter now, so I cant afford an upgrade, but my system still runs most games perfecly fine on medium settings even 4 years later. The best of the best is definitely not worth the extra money, especially when such a small increase in performance can cost hundreds of extra dollars or pounds or whatever currency lines your piggybank.

  Badaboom

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OP  5/04/12 1:38:07 PM#23

Well, in my case, this conversation was premature.  The Missus has told me that the living room needs a leather sectional upgrade first.

  Ice-Queen

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5/04/12 1:51:05 PM#24

For me, I would never cheap out on CPU, Power Supply, Motherboard, no matter how much I am going to spend on a gaming computer.

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  Kabaal

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5/04/12 1:54:51 PM#25

SSD is one luxury worth the premium price to me, it was the biggest general performance increase i've ever had on a PC. Soon they won't be so much a luxury but rather will be standard though as prices finally seem to be coming down on them.

  Quizzical

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5/04/12 2:03:07 PM#26
Originally posted by Kabaal

SSD is one luxury worth the premium price to me, it was the biggest general performance increase i've ever had on a PC. Soon they won't be so much a luxury but rather will be standard though as prices finally seem to be coming down on them.

In enthusiast machines, they already are standard.  I guess there's a budget price threshold above which an SSD makes sense.  But I'm already trying to squeeze them into some sub-$1000 builds for people on this forum, and that's going to keep dropping.  Once you can get a ~240 GB SSD for $100 in 2-3 years or so, I'll probably try to convince people looking for a budget gaming rig that they don't actually need a hard drive.

It will probably take a long, long time to filter into the sort of computers people buy at Wal-Mart, because a decade from now, if it's a 1 TB SSD or a 10 TB hard drive for the same price, it's easier to convince people who are clueless about hardware to buy the hard drive because it's 10 TB.

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