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Time to move to X99 and DDR4?

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  1. LondonTom

    LondonTom Thread Starter

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    Hi people,

    About 8 years ago I built the current Core2Duo based PC I am using and it has lasted pretty amazingly considering, with only minor upgrades to RAM and GPU.

    I am looking to do a new build with future proofing in mind. My question is not so much whether to move to a DDR4 compatible MB (X99 looking at you), but whether or not to do it now or wait a few months for the tech to settle down.

    My PC is by no means falling apart, but I am loathe to spend any more money on it really. At max I could probably wait 6 months but ideally I'd only hold out until after Christmas.

    What are peoples thoughts on the current range of X99 / DDR4 compatible MBs? I have been out of the loop for a while with these things...

    Thanks in advance,

    Tom
     
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    NEW TECH = expensive
    like you said wait a while 'till the prices stabilize
    we are all guilty of wanting the brand new computer tech....do we need it?? usually....no :)
     
  3. Blu_86

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    I hate to say this because I currently have an Intel 4670k system. I would advise going for an AMD FX-6300-8350 with a good AMD motherboard for now with 8GB DDR3. Don't get caught up in the eternal intel mobo/chipset cycle loop --- i'm getting out of it myself I plan to get away from Intel for now even though the IPC is better. Get a good SSD, one good traditional 7200RPM HD (which you may already have), and a good GPU if you are a gamer. I plan to get an FX 8350 with water, and a GTX 780 and camp out and wait out the initial DDR4 storm. Currently I have a 4670k and a GTX 660.
     
  4. crjdriver

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    I would wait a few months. When new mb, are introduced, there are usually numerous bios/uefi updates to address either problems that have manifested themselves or to add new features. These fixes are incorporated into new mb designs. In short I would wait a few months for fixes to be introduced.

    In addition, the price of ddr4 ram should decrease as more ddr4 becomes available. Right now ddr4 is quite a bit more expensive than ddr3; that will change in a few months. I expect the price of ddr4 to become close to current ddr3 prices in a few months with a corresponding rise in ddr3 as demand declines.
     
  5. LondonTom

    LondonTom Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the advice from all.

    I hadn't really thought about an AMD processor, I've always gone Intel. I might have a look at comparing the two in a bit more depth. The only trouble is I'm mostly concerned with future proofing and the DDR4 issue is a big one for me.

    Do people think the market and the tech might have settled down by after Christmas?
     
  6. crjdriver

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    I think after Christmas, would be fine. You just do not want to jump right into new tech. Anyone remember rambus ram???
     
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