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Should I upgrade my PC soon, or wait?

#1DiscostewSMPosted 2/4/2014 9:58:41 PM
Here are my current specs.

CPU - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4Ghz (OC'ed to 3.0Ghz)
RAM - 4GB DDR2 (800Mhz/PC6400)
MB - Gigabyte GA-G41M-ES2L (rev 1.0)
CPU Cooler - XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 CPU Cooler
GPU - EVGA Geforce GTX 560 Ti Superclocked 1GB
HDD - 1TB WD Blue HDD, SATA III, 64MB Cache
PSU - Corsair TX750

So far, the CPU/MB/RAM are the last components that remained in my system from late 2007. I have been thinking of upgrading these components with the tax money I'll be receiving. After other expenses, I am estimating about $500 to use. Might have more, but let's say I'll have only $500.

Now, first things first. Is there a need to upgrade atm? I was looking up Titanfall's minimum requirements, and by comparison, my setup is a bit above that mark (definitely with the GPU at least). Not saying I'm going to get Titanfall, but I'm just using that as a reference of my system's capabilities. I was looking at Intel's Haswell CPUs, and while the next thing up from Ivy Bridge, I'm hearing that it is not OC-friendly and not much of a step up from Ivy in the first place. I'm also hearing how the next one after that, Broadwell, won't be much of a jump either. The one after that is Skylake, and that is assumed to be the next big step, but that is so far away, like late next year at the earliest (if you haven't noticed yet, I'm looking into Intel CPUs).

If my CPU/MB were to go out at any point in the future, then I'd definitely need to upgrade to something that is available, but since they are operational right now, I'm not sure if upgrading at this moment would be worthwhile. It might be because even if Haswell is not much of a step up from Ivy Bridge, I would imagine it's a dramatic step up from my Core 2 Quad. So, if I should upgrade, what should I upgrade to, and would $500 be enough? Heck, for the experts, should I upgrade something else if the CPU/MB/RAM are just fine? I've been kinda out of the computer hardware loop for a while.
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#2MaxCHEATER64Posted 2/4/2014 10:02:28 PM
Titanfall is running with a game engine from 2007. Don't use it for benchmarking.
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#3AltmadragonPosted 2/4/2014 10:03:03 PM
MaxCHEATER64 posted...
Titanfall is running with a game engine from 2007. Don't use it for benchmarking.


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#4DiscostewSM(Topic Creator)Posted 2/4/2014 10:04:52 PM
MaxCHEATER64 posted...
Titanfall is running with a game engine from 2007. Don't use it for benchmarking.


Well, as I said, I've been out of the computer hardware loop for a bit, so perhaps something more up-to-date would be a better judge.
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#5Blobs_Posted 2/4/2014 10:06:43 PM
A 560ti isn't bad. A bit on the weaker side but you should probably be able to run things on low.
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#6PsythikPosted 2/4/2014 10:10:52 PM(edited)
Wait.

Upgrade that graphics card in a few months when the next gen comes out, then do a new build sometime in 2015 once DDR4 becomes affordable, transferring over the upgraded graphics card. Then in 2016, upgrade the GPU again. That's what I would do if I had those specs.

If you have $50 I can send you an extra 2x2GB of DDR2 800 5-5-5-18 gaming RAM to hold you off until you do new build.
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#7DiscostewSM(Topic Creator)Posted 2/4/2014 11:40:04 PM
Hmm, I bought my GPU on Christmas 2011, so it is a little old, but not as old as the mentioned components. If you think my CPU/MB/RAM can hold until next year when DDR4-compatible (and affordable) upgrades can be made, then I'll just hold off till then.

If I were to get a GPU, what would you recommend? The $500 was meant for completing the upgrades for the much older components, but if I were to just get a GPU, then I wouldn't want to spend $500 on that. Would rather get one that is of a high value with respect to its price (not to mention it being within limits of my PSU, which is rated at 750W). Was thinking of getting a new monitor/HDTV (current monitors are a 19" Syncmaster 943BWX and a ViewSonic 20" VP2030b, neither have HDMI ports), or maybe even an internal BR writer. I'm just not sure.

I appreciate the offer on the RAM. Unfortunately, my MB only has 2 slots, and are fully used by the 2x2GB sticks I got long ago. To be honest, if it had more slots, you can bet that they'd have been used up. Looking at RAM prices for that type doesn't look good. Too pricey to try and get 4GB sticks of DDR2
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#8SnadadosPosted 2/5/2014 12:00:17 AM
A CPU, RAM, motherboard upgrade is in order for sure.

I'd hold off on the GPU, right now isn't a great time to buy a GPU.
AMD's prices are incredibly inflated and Nvidia has little reason to lower their prices with similar AMD cards going for roughly the same or more than Nvidia cards.
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#9_GRIM_FANDANGO_Posted 2/5/2014 12:51:48 AM
It all depends on what you want to play. For titanfall, it runs on source engine and the released hardware requirements are very low. You would be better off sticking with this PC and see how it performs (probably well).
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#10MaximoomPosted 2/5/2014 5:17:00 AM
Blobs_ posted...
A 560ti isn't bad. A bit on the weaker side but you should probably be able to run things on med-high.


Fixed for accuracy.