[SOLVED] Is it better to wait for new PC parts?

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I sold my PC for a laptop, which was a terrible decision, and now I am in the process of repurchasing PC parts, but I was wondering, with all of the new series of features that will be arriving, like DDR5 and Intel's Alder Lake, I was wondering if it is better to spend much less on PC parts now, and wait until the new series arrive, or go all out now.

I would build a PC with i7-10700K, 64 GB of ram, PCIe 4.0 NVME SSD, and an Asus ROG STRIX Z490-E, but would it be better to downgrade the parts significantly to wait for better components in the future?

My budget is around 1900 USD, and the only concern would be that when the new series arrive, they will be costly upon release like PCIe 4.0 is right now.

Please let me know what you think.
 
I never care about any future releases unless they been already announced and we know the specs/prices so they can be compared to existing hardware. Need a PC now? So buy now what you need now and leave worrying for the future to the philosophers.
 
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I never care about any future releases unless they been already announced and we know the specs/prices so they can be compared to existing hardware. Need a PC now? So buy now what you need now and leave worrying for the future to the philosophers.
 
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Depends on what it is for. 64GB of memory is usually reserved for some type of work.

PCIe 4.0 NVMe isn't necessary at all. Even a SATA SSD will get the job done for most people. But PCIe 3.0 drives are a nice in between and aren't priced too much over SATA devices.

10700k doesn't do PCIe 4.0, so not much point in that anyway.

If you are just gaming, drop down to the 11600K or a Ryzen 5600X. Should last you well into the DDR5 cycle. 2x16GB kit of memory and a PCIe 3.0 storage device.
 

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Personally I've never gotten much cost benefit waiting for new technology.
I think there are specific cases where it might be worth it....but in general...I buy what I need when I need it....and I don't care much for waiting.
 
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I sold my PC for a laptop, which was a terrible decision, and now I am in the process of repurchasing PC parts, but I was wondering, with all of the new series of features that will be arriving, like DDR5 and Intel's Alder Lake, I was wondering if it is better to spend much less on PC parts now, and wait until the new series arrive, or go all out now.

I would build a PC with i7-10700K, 64 GB of ram, PCIe 4.0 NVME SSD, and an Asus ROG STRIX Z490-E, but would it be better to downgrade the parts significantly to wait for better components in the future?

My budget is around 1900 USD, and the only concern would be that when the new series arrive, they will be costly upon release like PCIe 4.0 is right now.

Please let me know what you think.
Just curious but what will be your primary use(s) for your PC?
 

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Just curious but what will be your primary use(s) for your PC?
It would be for gaming, photo & video editing and just general work.

It is nothing extreme, but it would just generally be for future-proofing, at least the next 5 years without having to upgrade anything unless something malfunctions.
 
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"Please let me know what you think. "
Personally I've never gotten much cost benefit waiting for new technology.
I think there are specific cases where it might be worth it....but in general...I buy what I need when I need it....and I don't care much for waiting.
I agree, but I just don't want to be regretting putting so much down on a PC and then have a new release of something next year and be pressured to buy a new mobo, ram, etc.
 

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Depends on what it is for. 64GB of memory is usually reserved for some type of work.

PCIe 4.0 NVMe isn't necessary at all. Even a SATA SSD will get the job done for most people. But PCIe 3.0 drives are a nice in between and aren't priced too much over SATA devices.

10700k doesn't do PCIe 4.0, so not much point in that anyway.

If you are just gaming, drop down to the 11600K or a Ryzen 5600X. Should last you well into the DDR5 cycle. 2x16GB kit of memory and a PCIe 3.0 storage device.
This is what I was thinking for the SSD, but it was only a 40 USD difference between the Gen 3 and 4 so I supposed I might as well just do it to future proof when PCIe 4 is widely used, and I get a CPU to support it. The i7 is cheap anyways only 260 USD.
 

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I never care about any future releases unless they been already announced and we know the specs/prices so they can be compared to existing hardware. Need a PC now? So buy now what you need now and leave worrying for the future to the philosophers.
Yeah, I agree. Just a matter if I will regret it, because I don't want to pay for any more PC parts for at least the next 5 years.
 
Yeah, I agree. Just a matter if I will regret it, because I don't want to pay for any more PC parts for at least the next 5 years.
But there is no way to tell what will happen in next 5 years. Maybe there will be some new revolutionary tech making all our current PCs obsolete? Or maybe nothing will change? We don't know. What we do know, is no matter what you buy now it will be obsolete in X years. If you make a buy that is reasonable today no point to regret it later because something has changed in the future as you could not anticipate the change when you were buying.
 

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But there is no way to tell what will happen in next 5 years. Maybe there will be some new revolutionary tech making all our current PCs obsolete? Or maybe nothing will change? We don't know. What we do know, is no matter what you buy now it will be obsolete in X years. If you make a buy that is reasonable today no point to regret it later because something has changed in the future as you could not anticipate the change when you were buying.
Yeah, that's true. Games won't change too much in the next 5 years to be able to utilise revolutionary tech making our pcs useless. Thank you for your input.
 
Asking the question "should I wait for..." is always kicking the can down the road. The thing will come out, and then you'll probably still ask "should I wait for..." Ask yourself if you need something now. If the answer is yes, forget about the future. Focus on what you can get now for the money you have.

The only time I'd say to wait is if the current product cycle is close to the end, like within 2 or so months. For instance, Apple tends to release new iPhones every year around August. NVIDIA tends to be on an 18-24 month cycle.
 
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Here's a build to consider that will allow you to run that cpu with the power limits turned off in the bios. It's a round a bout way of OC these locked Intel cpu's.

https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing-accessories/components-upgrades/tower-cases/phanteks-eclipse-p400a-atx-mid-tower-pc-case-10205481-pdt.html
PHANTEKS Eclipse P400A ATX Mid-Tower PC Case £64.99

Exhaust fan for that case up above.

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/120mm-arctic-f12-pwm-9-blade-static-pressure-230-1350rpm-53cfm-fluid-dynamic-bearing-black-4-pin
Arctic 120mm Case Fan £3.98

https://www.ebuyer.com/919255-seasonic-focus-gx-650-650w-80-gold-modular-power-supply-focus-gx-650
Seasonic Focus GX-650 650W 80+ Gold Modular Power Supply £79.98

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/asu...ie-40-sata3-2x-m2-25gbe-usb-32-gen2-micro-atx
ASUS TUF GAMING B560M-PLUS £129.98

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i7-11700f-s-1200-rocket-lake-8-cores-16-threads-25ghz-49ghz-turbo-16mb-cache-65w-retail
Intel Core i7-11700F £299.99

https://www.overclockers.co.uk/scythe-scfm-2000-fuma-2-dual-fan-cpu-cooler-2x120-mm-hs-04f-sy.html
Scythe Fuma 2 CPU Air Cooler £49.99

https://www.ebuyer.com/962504-crucial-ballistix-3200mhz-32gb-2x16gb-gaming-memory-black-bl2k16g32c16u4b
Crucial Ballistix 3200Mhz 32GB (2x16GB) CL16 £144.98

https://www.ebuyer.com/1136129-wd-blue-sn550-2tb-m-2-pcie-nvme-ssd-solid-state-drive-wds200t2b0c
WD Blue SN550 2TB NVME M.2 2280 PCIe Gen3 SSD £170.66

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/304041715396
EVGA GeForce RTX 3070 XC3 ULTRA 8GB GDDR6 Graphics Card £930.00

Total: £1874

A better look at that board.


A better look at that case.

https://phanteks.com/Eclipse-P400A.html

A better look at that gpu.

https://www.evga.com/products/product.aspx?pn=08G-P5-3755-KR
 
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