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Build Advice Buy or wait?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by meandmymouth, 21 Nov 2018.

  1. meandmymouth

    meandmymouth Well-Known Member

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    I've been eyeing up replacing my Ivy bridge components and case for a little while now and I'm now started the process with the purchase of an 970 Evo.

    Having sold some unused stuff there are not funds available and it's also a good weekend for picking up bargains if the right ones come along. If I were to buy today I could get a 2600, decent B450 motherboard and 16GB 3000MHz RAM for under £400. Add the already purchased 970 to that and it's the core of my system upgraded for under £500 (assuming I don't change cases as well, which I might). Thing is, Zen 2 isn't meant to be that far away (6 months or so) and RAM prices have been trending downwards for a bit now and that looks to continue. Is it worth waiting?

    The argument for waiting is cheaper memory pricing (hopefully), saving up a bit more money to upgrade, and I don't need to upgrade right now. I'm also unsure whether to stick with mATX or go ITX.

    The argument to buy is that things are pretty cheap now and the Ivy bridge kit still sells well secondhand. I think I could get back at least £200 for the mobo, i7 and 16GB together. Zen 2 is also an unknown in terms of actual release time and performance.

    Oh, before anyone asks my PC gets used for a bit of everything - gaming, running VM's, web browsing, some development work etc. and it still does just about everything I need it to.

    Thoughts? (Zoon, I know exactly what you are going to say)
     
  2. adidan

    adidan Avatar is in season. See it while stocks last.

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    Exactly the same boat (although I held back on the evo :) )

    Personally, i'm hanging on Zen2. I was planning to anyway but we should be moving into the new house in the new year by which time is shouldn't be too far off.

    Like you say though, it's tempting as you can get a 2600/mobo and 16gb for under 400 squid at the mo.
     
  3. silk186

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    If I was going to hold off I would have held off on the M.2 I prices are projected to continue dropping. If you want/need the power go for it.
    If you have trouble justifying the cost wait.
     
  4. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun.

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    Buy buy buy! Might get a good bundle deal in the sales this weekend.
     
  5. meandmymouth

    meandmymouth Well-Known Member

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    I'm starting to think I'll buy if I find some properly good deals that brings the lot closer to £300 than £400. Otherwise I'll probably wait.
     
  6. meandmymouth

    meandmymouth Well-Known Member

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    Under £350 if I go for a 1600...
     
  7. TheMadDutchDude

    TheMadDutchDude The Flying Dutchman

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    As apposed to the 2600? What's the overall price difference...?
     
  8. adidan

    adidan Avatar is in season. See it while stocks last.

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    Not much, you can get a 2600 for under £150

    Edit: B450 and 16gb comes in about 350 (maybe 370ish for 3200 Ram) Dagnamit, i should avoid this thread, I can't buy more stuff to pack up for a move!
     
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  9. 23RO_UK

    23RO_UK Hasta Mañana

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    And the 2600 will clock substantially higher than a 1600, forget the 1600 you'll only regret it at a later date.
     
  10. meandmymouth

    meandmymouth Well-Known Member

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    1600 is £124 and the 2600 is £167. I haven't seen the 2600 below £150 anywhere.
     
  11. adidan

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  12. TheMadDutchDude

    TheMadDutchDude The Flying Dutchman

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    Pahahaha. Boom! There it is! No reason not to get it now. ;)

    Of course, I echo what Paul said. Don't get the 1600 to save a few quid now. The 2600 is superior in every way.
     
  13. adidan

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    Same price at Overclockers, if you have free delivery anyway.
     
  14. meandmymouth

    meandmymouth Well-Known Member

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    So currently it looks like this:
    2600 - £150
    ASRock B450 Gaming ITX/ac - £105
    16GB Corsair 3000MHz - £113 (or £117 for RGB)
    Total around £360 currently. Just need an offer on some decent RAM to bring in under £100 and thus everything under £350. I could potentially knock off another £20 with an alternative motherboard, but I'd lose out on wifi.
     
  15. adidan

    adidan Avatar is in season. See it while stocks last.

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    Scan have the 2600 at £140 on offer, more if you don't have free shipping.
     
  16. meandmymouth

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    Right, if I can get it all for £310 (making it £400 with the 970 Evo) then I'll do it.
     
  17. TheMadDutchDude

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    It’s pretty close... :)
     
  18. meandmymouth

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    I wouldn't be surprised if we see a deal on some RAM at around £90 tomorrow, then it'd be really close! That would leave £80 for a motherboard, which is already doable with mATX boards...
     
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