Difficult processor choice...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by RobinHood5, Nov 30, 2014.

  1. RobinHood5 macrumors regular

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    through a employee accommodation I am going to have the opportunity to purchase one of two intel i7 processors at a major discount.

    Option 1: Intel Core i7 4790k 4.0ghz Quad Core CPU for $119 (Normally $400)
    Option 2: Intel Core i7 5930k 3.5ghz Six Core CPU for $194 (Normally $600)

    So heres my problem... I don't need a new computer by any means. Of course I want to dive into the Haswell-E six core but the costs of building a system around it are tremendous. 2011-v3 mobo, DDR4 Ram, and then there is the fact that I will want to put a $400+ GPU in it I would probably spend $1400 beyond the processor itself on a system I don't even need! On the other hand I could build a reasonable system with the quad core for about $800 beyond the CPU, but the performance would not be that much better than my iMac even so whats the point. I have until December 3rd to decide and ITS KILLING ME!!!! I don't need a new computer, I actually just dropped $600 on a i5 Devils Canyon Server over black Friday! Someone help me make this decision!
     
  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    False economy

    If you don't need it don't buy it. Simple as that why spend the money when your current setup serves you well.
     
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  4. theluggage macrumors 68030

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    ...so don't buy a $200 CPU then. Simples.

    I know the gods of consumerism will hurl lightening bolts at me for saying this but buying something you don't need at £400 below list does not equate to saving £400.

    Yeah, you could buy it and sell it on for a profit, but nobody with any sense is going to pay anywhere near list price for a processor from a private seller.
     
  5. mad3inch1na macrumors 6502a

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    Most i7 5930k processors sell on eBay for 550$. The market isn't that bad. But you do make a good point about not upgrading if your computer works fine. As a counterpoint though, assuming the OP can sell his old processor, he could still turn a profit and get a better processor out of the deal.
     
  6. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    Either buy the haswell-e and sell it on ebay and bank the $2-300 or don't buy at all. As everyone stated, just because it is a good deal doesn't mean you should buy.

    Over black friday I really wanted to buy some new hard drives, but didn't pull the trigger because I didn't need more space. Many good deals, but I already have 20+GB worth of storage that was maybe half full so I didn't buy any.
     
  7. RobinHood5 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ended up buying the 6-Core and still haven't decided if i'm going to be spending the $1500 to build the rest of the computer.
     

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