Is there a "best time" to buy?

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  1. Khamsin

    Khamsin Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi all,

    I'm considering a P775TM/i7-8700k/GTX 1070 for a price point of around $3k, is there any reason to wait (or conversely, buy now)? What's the typical market cycle like?

    My old laptop still works fine, I've taken good care of it so there's no urgent need to upgrade. But it has been 6 years, new stuff is going to be increasingly tough on it, and it supports older protocols so I'm missing some functionality that is pretty standard these days. So I'd prefer not to wait until I encounter a situation that would force me to upgrade, although that is a valid suggestion.

    Should I buy this month? In January? Spring?

    Thanks
     
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    Meaker@Sager Company Representative

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    Technically the longest life comes from buying at the start of a graphics generation but boy are there a lot of factors at play currently. First you have the relative cost/power of the current chips, potential 7nm lead time after that.
     
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    Khamsin Notebook Enthusiast

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    Where would you say we are right now? Or, would it only really matter if I intended to get P870TM/i9-9900k/GTX 1080?
     
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    I'd say wait until Feb/March 2019 and see if the next-gen laptop GPUs are announced by then.
     
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    It's not that easy, part of it is if you care about the features in the RTX chips.
     
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    Yeah...but there's also performance improvements, such as

    2080 being close to 1080Ti
    2070 being around 1080
    Maybe we'll see 2060 around 1070?

    But also if price increases then yeah doesn't even matter unless you need RTX/tensor cores.
     
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    There's always something new right around the corner. IMO there's never a "bad" time, but depending on what hardware and use you need out of it, waiting until a newer product if it's close may be a good idea. If you need something ASAP because your current system is dead/dying, then that doesn't matter so much.
     
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    Meaker@Sager Company Representative

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    Its always a lot easier to say with hindsight!
     
  9. ApostateTapir

    ApostateTapir Notebook Consultant

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    It's technology. There's gonna be 3 new generations by the time the laptop you order hits your doorstep. Just find which setup has the best price/performance ratio for you and then start hunting for deals.
     
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    The 10xx series and 9xx series early adopters did very well but conditions were a bit different.
     
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