As per the title, I can't decide if I should pull the trigger now or have a little more patience and wait for the new architecture. Currently I have a somewhat strange machine, made up from salvaged/repaired parts I've acquired from friends, and some even from grateful customers. Namely, I work as a service tech/electronics repairman at an IT company of 15 employees. The pay is horrible, so I'm as poor as a church mouse, but the workplace itself is ok, my colleagues are wonderful, and the unemployment rate is > 50% where I'm from, so I'm kind of stuck with little to no money for now. All this talk is an intro to my rig, which I hope you can see under "System specs". The case and the PSU are gifts from my GF. She's not imaginary, contrary to what is typical for an IT nerd MoBo and VGA are repaired after being abandoned by their former owners. Two of the HDD's are salvages from thrown-away PCs from some law firm after they upgraded... You get the picture. "Sad story" aside, I have an opportunity to select 4 components of my choice (within reason), and have them at a 90% discount. Meaning I could have, say, an i5 3570k + MSI Z77 MPower + 8GB DDR3 + <X> for about as much as I can realistically spare. Haswell is expected to arrive between March and May of 2013, IIRC. The offer to acquire components at a symbolic price will stand until May. It doesn't look like I'll have a chance like that anytime soon afterwards. I should probably mention that I ran a Barton 2600+ on an Abit NF7 up until two years ago, when I completed my current rig, so I'm used to running painfully slow machines. I'm not exactly happy with how (un-)fast my machine is, but thanks to CUDA I can watch HD movies fluently, I can play some high-budget games, run a PSX emulator, etc. But I don't think my rig can keep up with the industry's pace for much longer. In the interest of getting the most longevity, it's probably a good idea to wait for Haswell. On the other hand, Ivy Bridge is worlds apart from what I have now, and certainly more than enough for most consumer needs, including my own. There's also the option of selling the Ivy Bridge setup and going for Haswell as it becomes available... Any and all advice, mockery, random *chan-inspired remarks and suggestions welcome.