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Old October 25, 2012, 09:20 AM
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I may go to the x79 platform if ivy bridge-e carries an integrated gpu. Does anyone know?
I don't think X79 will ever carry an integrated GPU. Too high end of a platform.

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Intel releases new CPUs every year to year in a half, so you could be playing the waiting game forever. With approx 6 months till release I would go for ivy unless you knew that haswell was going to be a game changing cpu (which its not suppose to be unless you really value integrated graphics). Go for ivy bridge and enjoy. There is always something new on the horizon.
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Old October 25, 2012, 03:51 PM
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I have the same rig as you I upgraded to an SSD (Vertex4-128Gig), 8 GB Ram, everything is awesome :) Still running an old ATI-3870 and gaming is fine. You can get the Vertex4 256gb now for a decent price.
I'll second this suggestion. Running an E6600 with 2GB of RAM, and decided to add an SSD coming up on two years ago.

The update urge disappeared. The change in responsiveness is incredible, more noticeable than moving from an E6600 to an i7-920 (friend had an almost identical build and updated. We had to replace the HDDs after a couple batches failed and went with an SSD/HDD pair, and the result of adding the SSD to everyday computing was greater than the replacement of four-year-old CPU and GPU).

It's akin to driving. Replacing the engine will net you a higher top speed, but 90 per cent of your driving is done between 0 and 60 km/h. Upgrading the tires will make a bigger difference in handling and acceleration. Daily computer use is more likely to bottleneck on the storage system than the CPU.

And if the SSD doesn't satisfy the urge to update, you can always move it to your next build.
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I too would drop a SSD in there first. Only difference is I would pick the SanDisk Extreme 240 over the Vertex 4 256GB. It usually can be had for cheaper (170 -180 range..or less on sale) and it is a beast.

THEN if you think the rig is not fast enough...upgrade when the Next Big Thing(tm) hits. But I would be surprised if the SSD doesnt dampen the urge for at least a year. :)

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I'm pulling the trigger very soon. Basically sitting tight and seeing if I can grab up some black Friday sales next month. I'm going z77 and likely Intel i7, 16gig ram, and I'm thinking Samsung 830 SSD based on what I have read on this board.
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Dude, just get an SSD first. I don't think you need to really upgrade your rig for productivity reasons. Then if you find it's still too slow for you, upgrade to whatever you want, though I'll second a FM2 build.
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I wouldn't wait for the big H

If you have the funds, are not financially constrained, go out and get another rig up and running.

Don't let the experience and learning curve pass y by

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I too would drop a SSD in there first. Only difference is I would pick the SanDisk Extreme 240 over the Vertex 4 256GB. It usually can be had for cheaper (170 -180 range..or less on sale) and it is a beast.

THEN if you think the rig is not fast enough...upgrade when the Next Big Thing(tm) hits. But I would be surprised if the SSD doesnt dampen the urge for at least a year. :)

YMMV
I can vouch for the Sandisk Extreme 240. I can notice the difference between it and my Intel 520 120gb. The Sandisk is extremely snappy........
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