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
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
Intel CPU, either haswell i5 4670 or i7 4770
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.
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.