With my current rig sputtering on the Witcher, and the 8800GT getting great marks, it seems like its time for me to finally get a new rig for the holidays. I just wanted to make sure there aren’t going to be any big hardware shake ups (either video cards or processors) in the next month or two that will dramatically alter the performance/pricing picture.
That, and any additional pointers regarding PC purchasing at the moment are appreciated.
Intel next chips, the 45nm mainstream desktop ones (dual and quad), will be released in Jan 08. It’s more of an evolution of Conroe (Core 2) rather than a big “shake up”. However, if you are buying a laptop, it will reduce the power requirements so that should make battery life better.
Best motherboard chipsets (for the dollar) seems to be Intel’s P35 + fast DDR2 memory. DDR3 is faster, but imho, offers diminishing returns just because DDR2 is dirt cheap atm. Intels X38 is also out there and seems good, but more expensive. X48 is coming, but a recent article on Anandtech suggests that its not much better than X38.
I have not read much on AMD so can’t give any info on them.
I’m in a similar situation. I’ve been planning for a while to do a system upgrade around Jan '08, and was hoping we’d get new processors and video cards by then. It looks like Intel should have the Penryn processors ready around that time, which works great.
But damn Nvidia is screwing up my plans, with no sign they’ll be releasing next gen video cards any time soon (I’m not counting these 8800 GT style refreshes of old tech to a lower price point). The best explanation I’ve seen for this lack of a new round of cards - despite the fact that current tech is at least a year old - is that ATI really dropped the ball and still hasn’t come up with a viable competitor at the high end, and thus Nvidia has no strong incentive to release something even faster at this point.
Eh, February is a little to distant for me tastes, and I’m not in the market for a high end $400 or $500 card. $300 is plenty, and I’ll probably upgrade it in a year or two anyways. Thanks for all the advice, but it seems like a good time to buy. At least its not like Dual Core Processors or Direct X 10 cards are about to come out.