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 Post subject: New PC build: Upgrade from 1366
PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 1:04 pm 
Little Foot
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Im looking to finally upgrade to a new computer from my old 1366 Core i7 920. I am looking to build a mid to small form factor computer becuase I have a NAS now and dont think I need a full tower case, I will just keep my Samsung 840 SSD and a 1TB drive in the computer. I want the computer to be silent or close to it.

Here is my current configuration.

Intel Core i7 920
Gigabyte GA-X58-UD5
ASUS GTX 670 DirectCU II TOP
6GB of Crucial RAM
Samsung 840 SSD
WD 1TB

I would like to stick with gigabyte mobo, and maybe go SLI in the future. I would love to have the new Titan but I dont know if getting another 670 would be better performance wise or cheaper.

I play games occasionally but do mostly video editing with premier and after effects. Should I wait for the Haswell or is there another CPU that would best suit my needs.

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 Post subject: Re: New PC build: Upgrade from 1366
PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 2:57 pm 
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If there's anything you have to upgrade here, it's the motherboard and CPU, because the socket is dead. A good replacement here would be a Core i5-4670 and a Z87 board. As for being small, the smallest you can go and still have SLI is a MicroATX system, but you should really consider looking into Mini-ITX systems. I don't really recommend SLI or Crossfire unless you're pushing resolutions beyond 1920x1200 (and even then, some of the cards can do 2560x1600 on maximum detail just fine).

Unfortunately, "silent or close to it" is sort of a pipe dream if you want this while your system is under a load. At least, unless you invest money in a hefty watercooling setup.


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 Post subject: Re: New PC build: Upgrade from 1366
PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 3:24 pm 
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Thank you for the response LatiosXT. Thats good to hear that I will just have to update the CPU and mobo. As for the case I was looking at the Obsidian Series 350D Micro ATX PC, I like the setup on the product page. I did plan on using water cooling like the Obsidian product page. I will take your advice and not go SLI, my monitor is a Dell 24x and the resolution is 1600x1200 so I think I will be fine. I was looking at the Titan becuase after effects and Premier uses the CUDA cores, will SLI help with this?

Corsair Obsidian
http://www.corsair.com/us/pc-cases/obsidian-series-pc-case/obsidian-series-350d-windowed-micro-atx-pc-case.html


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 Post subject: Re: New PC build: Upgrade from 1366
PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 3:31 pm 
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I would look more into what GPU acceleration options are offered, since I don't really know myself.


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 Post subject: Re: New PC build: Upgrade from 1366
PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 9:21 am 
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I have been looking at some early reviews of Haswell and its being said that there will only be a 10% increase from current tech and the biggest benefit is power consumption not processing speed. Is Haswell really a good way to go or is it the best upgrade path for future tech?


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 Post subject: Re: New PC build: Upgrade from 1366
PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 1:18 pm 
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Considering that both Haswell and Ivy Bridge are priced similarly, I don't see a reason to stick with Ivy Bridge/Z77 as it's a dead-end system.


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 Post subject: Re: New PC build: Upgrade from 1366
PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2013 3:47 am 
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Thanks LatiosXT what are your thoughts on waiting for Ivy Bridge -E Im not in a hurry to upgrade my system would that be a better upgrade path to wait for?


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 Post subject: Re: New PC build: Upgrade from 1366
PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2013 8:37 am 
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If you have a reason to use all those cores, go for it. Otherwise it's not very cost effective.


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 Post subject: Re: New PC build: Upgrade from 1366
PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 4:47 pm 
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So here is my build please let me know what anyone thinks. I went with sandy Bridge-E to upgrade in the future to Ivy-bridge-e maybe 6 cores or from what I read Haswell-E with 8 cores from what I understand they all use LGA 2011.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139021

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131805

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115229

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181031

I will keep my PSU a Corsair 620i
Asus DirectCU II TOP 670
Samsung 840 250GB
and 32GB Crucial RAM


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 Post subject: Re: New PC build: Upgrade from 1366
PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 5:39 pm 
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Well...

The problem with the X79 platform is that the 3820 is pretty much the highest end you can get before it gets stupidly expensive. For example, those parts you were thinking about upgrading to? It'll probably cost $1000. You can upgrade just the motherboard and CPU for less than half that if you decide the other path. At least then, you'll have a barebones system you can populate with spare parts or whatever and pawn it off to people or make it into a experimenting rig.

But I guess it depends on how precious your time is.


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 Post subject: Re: New PC build: Upgrade from 1366
PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 3:04 am 
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Good point I am trying to keep the price down. My concern is CPU power since I do video editing but more on a pro-sumer level, and I dont want to put myself on a path that will be dead like I did with my decision to go with 1366. With X79 what do you think the upgrade path is?


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 Post subject: Re: New PC build: Upgrade from 1366
PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 8:25 pm 
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I feel like Intel doesn't really know what to do with the X79, other than target prosumers. I often viewed their processors for that platform not marked with an X in the model number to be kind of meh for the value. For instance, I believe the Core i7 3820. However, I don't like to worry about "the future". I'd rather get what works now. If it means building a new system down the road, so be it.

Oh and it didn't cross my mind, but if your applications are multi-threaded, you should put AMD up for consideration considering that the FX-8350 performs really well in multi-threaded tasks especially against a stock Core i7-3770K


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