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August 23, 2013 9:02:11 AM

I could use some help in determining whether I should:
1) upgrade any parts in my current computer
2) replace vista with 8.1 and do nothing for another year
3) put together a new computer within the next 2-6 months.

I have the itch to build a new one because 1) I want specific parts that I can’t upgrade on this computer 2) I always like the idea of having a spare computer during the build process if it is a motherboard change, if possible.

Current computer I built in 2009
Case: cm 690
CPU: i7 920 2.66GHz
Motherboard: Asus P6T Deluxe V2
RAM: G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB)
Video card: EVGA GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit GDDR3
Hard drive: 2 Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
PSU: Corsair TX CMPSU-750TX
OS: Vista 64-bit Home OEM
DVD burner: have one.

Approximate Purchase Date:
within next 2-6 months if that is the best idea of the three

Budget Range:
below $1200 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Multitasking - lots of tabs open plus office plus watching videos plus looking/editing photos, no gaming, no video editing (at this time anyway). I am looking at need for memory/cpu more than a high gpu.

Are you buying a monitor:
Yes, I need a monitor, but cost of monitor is not included in budget.

Parts to Upgrade:
1) to move from 6GB total triple channel ram to 8 or 16GB double channel ram

2) haswell and integrated gpu (if that is a good idea) or else an adequate video card that will last 3-4 years. I like the idea of haswell’s integrated graphics for the cheaper cost if I don’t need a discrete gpu. Though, if a 50-100 dollar GPU would still be a lot better, I am fine with that too.

3) motherboard with usb 3.0, etc
4) maybe SSD for OS. Are they reliable / cost effective enough now? I’m a serious save (write to disk) freak.
5) if I go with haswell, do I need a new PSU?
6) case and fans, if I go with a new computer.
7) I'll use current DVD burner

Not included in budget: keyboard, speakers, mouse, monitor, windows.

Do you need to buy OS:
Yes, Windows 8.1, not OEM.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
Newegg or Amazon

Location: Utah, US

Parts Preferences:
Intel CPU, either haswell i5 4670 or i7 4770
ASUS motherboard
High end PSU
EVGA video card
Similar case as old one
Hard drives: reliable, quiet ones.
Large quiet fans (I use scythe s-flex fans currently)

No Overclocking and no SLI or Crossfire

Your Monitor Resolution: Minimum choice would be 24” 1080p. I’m still deciding whether a larger monitor (27”) with higher resolution is what I want. I love the idea of having 2 normal sized side-by-side documents or programs open. My desk space is small, so I am not sure that I could fit 2 monitors. Current monitor is 19” 1280 x 1024 native. Font size is a tad small, for the distance of the screen.

Additional Comments: I want a quiet PC for sure, but good air flow.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading:
I want more power efficiency (less watts usage), faster cpu, and some parts are getting kind of old, so I am not sure if I want to add new parts to an older system. Also, I can’t upgrade to 8GB memory with the old motherboard.

Thanks
a b B Homebuilt system
August 23, 2013 10:57:17 AM

Here's my suggestion

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($212.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT H2 Classic Silent (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($88.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.24 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1016.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-23 13:56 EDT-0400)

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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
August 23, 2013 3:28:15 PM
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If you're not gaming I would get this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($108.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($270.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($71.30 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1128.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-23 18:27 EDT-0400)

This has the more current i7-4770 which will provide a 10% speed boost over the i7-3770. It also has the new Samsung 840 Evo which is the single fastest SSD on the market currently.
August 24, 2013 8:43:50 AM

Thank you both for the suggested builds! After the suggestion of the 3770, I gave that some thought and research. I determined that with the 3770 and the 4670 being close in performance, what I want more is a current motherboard, so that leaves the 4670 or 4770. If I get the 4670, that would allow me to use the $80 saving towards the 16GB memory or the SSD, if I want to decrease cost even more. If I don't have any programs that use hyperthreading (where would I find this out?), then do I need the i7?

While the GTX 760 would be nice, I don't think I need something that costly. What do you recommend around $50-150 EVGA Nvidia? I'm definitely not gaming.

I am partial to ASUS BIOS, so what ASUS motherboard would you recommend around 100-250? I like a lot of USB ports and want many 3.0, so that might mean I need a higher end board.
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