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 Post subject: Need Upgrade vs. New Build Advice
PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 6:47 am 
8086
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noobie post...I currently am trying to decide if I should upgrade or build a new PC. The PC I am using was my first build in 2009 and I think it is time to upgrade. I am using the PC for PC gaming (not so much but games like MMO), Photo Editing (I am an avid photographer), some light video editing, a lot of work (MSSQL, MS OFFICE Suite), and watching movies.

I am thinking I need a new build, and if so, what would ppl recommend for MB, CPU, GPU, Storage, RAM,Monitors (single 30? multiple 24s, 2 27s? etc). Liquid cooled? fan cooled? (I think the liquid cooling looks awesome, but know nothing about it)

I would like to keep the budget to about $1500 not including the monitors (or is that too much?)

Here is what my current set up is:
Western Digital WD Blue WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136075

Western Digital WD Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136319

ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131359

SAPPHIRE 100270SR Radeon HD 4850 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2) GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video ...
Item #: N82E16814102809

CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Compatible with ...

OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK

HP 22" IPS panel


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 Post subject: Re: Need Upgrade vs. New Build Advice
PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 12:40 pm 
Smithfield
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If there's anything that really needs upgrading, it's the GPU. Since this is an X58 board, I'm assuming you have an i7-920 or something and from what I can tell it's still got a decent amount of life left. But if you want to build new, I would suggest a Core i5-4670K, 8GB of RAM, AMD's new R290X, and maybe a 120/128GB (or 250GB/256GB if you think you need it) SSD with a 2TB drive.

Monitor wise... ASUS and Dell get really high marks. You probably couldn't go wrong with LG or Samsung since they make pretty much everyone else's panels. As for the configuration, it depends on if you think you could use the real estate. I'd stop at 27" though, because I can't justify spending almost twice as much for a 30" panel since you only get another 160 rows of pixels. However in the end, you should get a IPS panel even if it can't do sRGB just so you have consistent colors across the panel no matter the viewing angle.

A full custom liquid cooling setup is kind of pricey. It pretty much lives with that system and if you want to bring it to another one, you're going to have to either hope that your waterblocks are compatible, or you'll have to buy matching waterblocks (which may end up tacking on $200 or so on blocks per build). If you want a CPU fully sealed unit... I don't think they're worth it unless you're overclocking heavily. CPU fans aren't really a source of noise when playing games or whatnot. There's also a question of where the computer's going to sit. I leave my computer on the floor under my desk (I have a case that gives it clearance so this isn't an issue) and I barely hear it even when I'm running a game.

Oh, and a cavaet, the more monitors you hook up to a video card, the hotter it idles. I have a 3 monitor setup and if I tell Windows to use all three (even if I have the monitors off), the GPU ramps up to 50C idling.


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 Post subject: Re: Need Upgrade vs. New Build Advice
PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 4:38 pm 
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thx for the info.

I think i would like to upgrade if possible. Here is what I am hoping to do:

- gain as much performance out of my current set-up.
- swap out parts that make sense right now to maximize performance of my MoBo and chipset
- run 3 24" monitors in surround or eyefinity BF4 if possible

i figure if I can squeeze more life out of my current setup, then that would be nicer on my wallet...then I can justify replacing other pieces periodically without the Mrs. killing me.

- do i switch to SSDs
- what gpu would support 3 24" monitors and give me a bit of future proofing (say 3-5 years). focus would be on photo editing and some light gaming. Maybe 7-10 hours/week of gaming
- are there any aftermarket gpu fans/coolers that you would recommend? the whining I get from my 4850x2 at load is quite noisy and I have it behind my desk on the floor

thx again


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 Post subject: Re: Need Upgrade vs. New Build Advice
PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 8:41 pm 
Smithfield
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I'd probably get AMD's latest cards then. I hear they don't run that loud even under load.


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 Post subject: Re: Need Upgrade vs. New Build Advice
PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 5:58 pm 
Coppermine
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i am in the process of upgrading my X58 platform.

i see that you don't have an SSD..i have 2..a Intel 520 series 120gb boot drive,and a 80gb sata 2 secondary drive for my games.

my problem with the X58 platform is that it doesn't truly support SATA III..my reads and writes are around or just under SATA II speeds.

i was very dissapointed when i purchased my current boot drive to find out the speeds are less than stellar,but it still boots faster than a normal HDD,and programs load faster aswell,but i still don't have the advertised speeds :cry:


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 Post subject: Re: Need Upgrade vs. New Build Advice
PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 6:33 pm 
Smithfield
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I think the X58 lacks native SATA 6Gbps ports. :S


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 Post subject: Re: Need Upgrade vs. New Build Advice
PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 1:06 pm 
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it does..it uses some crappy Marvel controller.

thats why i'm upgrading to the 1150 socket :D


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 Post subject: Re: Need Upgrade vs. New Build Advice
PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 5:54 pm 
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a GTX 660 or HD7870/7850 would be a nice for for your system.


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