Question Should I use a GPU temporarily or build the computer later? Any new CPUs being released before March?

xxscienceboyxx

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Hello,
I wanted to build a computer this winter, during winter break.
I wanted a 3070 in it, but I can't find one anywhere. One I could decide to build my computer later, and build a computer (with possibly different specs) whenever the 3070 gets back in stock, like maybe March. It would've better if I had a fast computer before that though. And I've already bought many of the components, like the CPU and motherboard, which have passed their refund date. So I'd have to hope I could sell them and get my money back on ebay.
Or I could build my computer now with a used 1070 for $200 instead, and then later swap that out with a 3070. The used 1070 would then go in the older family computer, which could definitely use a faster GPU (currently has a 750 ti). That way, I could have time to build and then use a weaker version of my new computer over winter break. But it would be pretty annoying if a new powerful cheap CPU comes out in January and I could've build my computer a few months later with a 3070 and that better CPU.

Anyway, my question is, do you think there will be any new CPUs, GPUs, or anything significant that releases before March (which is by when I'll hopefully get a 3070)? Or, a price drop on anything, like a GPU or CPU?
 
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Which CPU did you buy? If it is a current 6-core(or more), there is likely no reason to get rid of it. There will be new GPUs soon, but if you are in the market for a 3070 they won't interest you as they will be the new mid-range and 'entry' level cards from the 30-series/6xxx series.

For a temporary GPU, maybe consider an RX 5600 XT for ~$260 after rebate instead of a used 1070; it performs on-par with a GTX 1080 @1440p, and will inevitably live far longer than a 4 year old used gtx 1070.
Either way make sure the family PC has the proper wattage and PCI-E cabling for when you move the temporary GPU to the family computer. (IIRC the 750 ti pulls it's power from the motherboard)
 

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Which CPU did you buy? If it is a current 6-core(or more), there is likely no reason to get rid of it. There will be new GPUs soon, but if you are in the market for a 3070 they won't interest you as they will be the new mid-range and 'entry' level cards from the 30-series/6xxx series.

For a temporary GPU, maybe consider an RX 5600 XT for ~$260 after rebate instead of a used 1070; it performs on-par with a GTX 1080 @1440p, and will inevitably live far longer than a 4 year old used gtx 1070.
Either way make sure the family PC has the proper wattage and PCI-E cabling for when you move the temporary GPU to the family computer. (IIRC the 750 ti pulls it's power from the motherboard)
I have the 3900x.
Also thanks for the advice about the 750 ti.
 
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The 5900x, or even the 5600x/5800x, could be compelling alternatives to the 3900x due to the relatively massive IPC gains. If you'll be gaming at 4k then it is kind of irrelevant, but at 1440 or 1080p the average fps will be notably higher on the newer CPUs. I'd say take a look at Tom's Cyberpunk CPU scaling article; it contains the most data relevant to your question currently. Just keep in mind that they used a gtx 3090.

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/cyberpunk-2077-cpu-scaling-benchmarks
 

xxscienceboyxx

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The 5900x, or even the 5600x/5800x, could be compelling alternatives to the 3900x due to the relatively massive IPC gains. If you'll be gaming at 4k then it is kind of irrelevant, but at 1440 or 1080p the average fps will be notably higher on the newer CPUs. I'd say take a look at Tom's Cyberpunk CPU scaling article; it contains the most data relevant to your question currently. Just keep in mind that they used a gtx 3090.

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/cyberpunk-2077-cpu-scaling-benchmarks
I got the 3900x at a good deal, for $400, and it's better at video editing, and other content creation (which I will be doing). That's why I didn't choose the 5800x, which cost $50 more for a loss in some areas but a gain in others.
 

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