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Should You Upgrade Your Gaming PC Now Or Wait?

With the NVIDIA RTX20 series cards and Intel 9th Gen CPUs launching this fall, is NOW the time to upgrade your PC?

For those looking at their gaming PCs, torn between upgrading their rig or waiting to see what happens to prices later this year, JayzTwoCents discusses the way to think about this and whether or not now is the right time.

PC gamers, what will you be doing?  Upgrading now as the 10 series of cards begin to fall in price, or wait to see what happens when the RTX20 series cards drop?  Leave a comment below!


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  1. The prices don’t drop, the new GPUs and CPUs are more expensive and the old ones stay the same, in case of the GPUs even after the mining-boom drops significantly.

    NVidia is raising the GPU prices since the last generation constantly. While the GF 9xx cards were still in balance to their predecessors the GF 1000 series was already way more expensive, the new 2xxx cards are simply unafordable. Who pays 800 bucks and more to get a card that two generations ago would have cost 550 at max?
    The GF 970 was 300 – 350 Euro, the GF 1070 was already 400 and up, the GF 2070 costs at least 500.

    NVidia is in the comfortable position to be a monopolist, AMD has nothing to compete with them and it gets worse the more NVidia manages to push own technologies into the market, as they did with Hairworks, PhysX and now their own Raytracing implementation.

    The same applies to Intel, even though AMD forced them to release a bit more cores finally in their CPUs they are still absolutely dominant and the flagship home user CPU, the i7 8700k, even costs a little more then when it was released now, despite the next generation coming up.

    • This article was written just before the 20XX-series announcement and subsequent release, so there was still some doubt in the air.

      I decided to take a risk and buy a 1080 TI and I am so glad that I did – the prices don’t seem to have really dropped since I got it and, as you say, the 20XX-series cards are extortionately expensive.

      I had my AMD HD 7950 card for 6 years and it still performed admirably for me, so I’m hoping that this card will serve me well for the next decade. By then they will be changing £10k for the 80XX-series cards and I’ll have to return to consoles…

      • I was basically forced to buy a new computer last week. My old one died just like that, it seems to be some BIOS problem. The old PC was a Core i5 3570k @ 3,8GHz, 16GB DDR3 RAM, Sapphire Radeon R9 380 Nitro with 4GB and 120GB SSD. It was from spring 2012 and I actually was still satisfied with it.

        However after getting a whole new PC instead of using some old parts (okay the soundcard is an exception, this is the 3rd PC I use the Soundblaster Xfi Gamer) I have to admit that it is noticable faster. The new one is a Core i7 8700k, 16GB DDR4 RAM, MSI GF 1700ti 8GB, 500GB Samsung SSD.
        With about 1500 Euro it was far from being cheap but I’m really happy with it. In other words, it was worth spending so much money, now.

        I mean, after all I remember the PC prices in the 90ies … my first PC was a Pentium 100 with 16MB RAM in 1995. It got a Voodoo card in 1996 and after only three years it had to be replaced despite being three times as expensive in the end as my new one.

        Since my current PCs tend to break down every six years (the one before the i5 was a Core 2 Duo from 2006 and also had some Mainboard defect), I just hope this time it will last at least the same or longer, though.

        • I will be honest, my current PC is my first. I got it in 2012 and the only thing I’ve upgraded is the graphics card (7950 to a 1080 TI). My computer is an i7 4770k at 4.4ghz, 16gb RAM, 500gb SSD and 1tb HDD.

          It has fared me well, but I will admit, upgrading the graphics card was an underwhelming experience. I remember going from PS1 to PS2, Xbox to 360, and so on, having access to new games that looked better and a whole new library. It was amazing. Switching graphics card, everything looked better but it really reinforced how great games look in general these days – it wasn’t a mind-blowing upgrade.

          First world problems, right?

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