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Upgrading Most of PC Components - Please Advise

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November 10, 2013 8:44:41 AM

Hi there,

I am looking to upgrade most of the components of my PC, and want to ensure that everything I buy will be compatible - and good :)  I still have a 775 socket motherboard - eek - and want to upgrade to a 1150/1155.

I'm willing to spend about $800 on the upgrade, but don't have the budget to upgrade everything all at once. I also use my computer mainly for photo editing, music recording, and gaming. So I'd like to keep my graphics card (Sapphire Radeon HD 6870), my hard drives (one WD and a Seagate), my DVD drive and my PSU (Corsair GS600), if possible.

I'm looking at getting the below:

MSI Intel Z87 Socket LGA1150 ATX Motherboard
Intel Core i7 4770K 3.5GHz
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3-1600
Not sure about the case, there are so many to choose from! But I'd like it to have USBs on the front and it must obviously have a few USB 3.0 ports.
I'd also like a SSD - also not sure which one.

So, in summary, I'd like to know if this would this be a good build/would these components work together, and what a good SSD and case would be to add to this build. Also, is anything new and groundbreaking coming that I should rather wait for?

Would really appreciate any input!

Thank you :) 
Amy
November 10, 2013 8:53:42 AM

This is an excellent build. I7 is really good at rendering. Any SSD with 500Mb Read/Write should do.

You can find a range of cases at pcpartpicker.com for your budget and it will let you know if the case that you chose with your build does not have a front USB port.

Ur PSU should be fine with the new build.
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November 11, 2013 1:32:46 AM

WarWolverineWarrior said:
This is an excellent build. I7 is really good at rendering. Any SSD with 500Mb Read/Write should do.

You can find a range of cases at pcpartpicker.com for your budget and it will let you know if the case that you chose with your build does not have a front USB port.

Ur PSU should be fine with the new build.


Hi WarWolverineWarrier,

Thanks very much for your input! Is this a good SSD - Corsair Force GT 120GB?

Or the Samsung SSD 840 EVO ?



Will my graphics card - the Radeon 6870 be compatible with this build?
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November 11, 2013 8:33:08 AM

6870 is a generally good card. And yes it's compatible. Most cards are compatible.

Both of these SSDs are good. I would go for the cheaper one.
Most SSDs are used maily for cache. Install OS and any program that you frequently use, Photoshop, Itunes, Games, etc.
Any file that you would change like recording music, pictures should be stored on a storage unit. You want to mainly Read than Write on an SSD. Windows comes with software that automatically uses your SSD for cache.

How big are the files going to be that you are going to be rendering? I'm worried about ur RAM situation. I have 16GB and I render videos and edit pics and only once I have seen my PC use up to 8 GB but I was rendering a 20 min video with photoshop open.
8GB should be enough. If you are rendering 1 hour HD or 4k videos then I would suggest 16GB.
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November 17, 2013 10:16:51 AM

Great, thanks so much for the advice! I will get 16GB RAM :) 
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November 18, 2013 7:36:08 AM

amecily said:
Great, thanks so much for the advice! I will get 16GB RAM :) 


No Problem. Make sure it's 1600Mhz or 1866Mhz
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