intel Haswell and new motherboard socket
AMD Trinity and AMD piledriver
AMD HD8xxx series
NVIDIA GT?7xx series
cheaper 8GB rams
HDDs with >4TB (rumor)
cheaper IPS 23" monitors (currently priced around 300$)
to point out:
intel Haswell i5 4cores = vaguely 150$-180$
good enough motherboard = vaguely 80$-120$
ram kits (2x4GB) = 35$-50$
HDD 1TB 7200rpm = 100$
SSD 128GB = 100$
total : 465$-550$
1) i7 isnt worth it outside of epeen, benchmarks and other apps that utilizes more than 4cores, a lot of games doesnt even use more than 2cores(proof being i3+mid tier GPU can max most of the games).
2) an unlocked i5 can pretty much go on tier with the i7's at a certain degree.
3) gaming at 1920x1080 @ MAX can be done with a GPU HD7870 or GTX660 so why bother buying something better?
4) Asus's 23" IPS monitor proart series priced @ ~260$
is a sweet deal. http://www.asus.com/Display/LCD_Monitors/PA238Q/
5) PCI-E 3.0 at the moment is mostly Cliché, comparisons between 3.0 vs 2.0 doesnt even introduce a 1% difference, its similar to how SATAIII is useless on HDDs.
on a side note i recently bought a xonar DX and a CM storm spawn - both are disappointing.
1) freaking tons of bugs
2) fail drivers
3) fail controls
4) missing features
5) dat expensive price tag
CM storm spawn:
1) tracking bugs
2) awful apps manager
3) awful macro manager
4) awful tracking options
cant believe they can't make something cheap+meaningful, i still like realtek way better and an oscar x7 works better, plus better macro manager o.o