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Future PC Upgrade - Is my idea any good?

I have a budding YouTube channel, and I am slowly growing and have active fans. I want to be able to produce videos faster yet still maintain the 1080P quality or higher that I manage currently. However, sometimes a 10 minute video wants to take almost an hour to render out to 1080P with my R9 270 and FX-6300, so I want to upgrade to better hardware for video making soon. The videos are gaming, so the hardware would have to be gaming based as well as good at video production tasks. Both AMD and nVidia have great offerings that satisfy gaming and editing needs, so I have no problem with either one, though I personally prefer AMD. I picked an AMD CPU for a few reasons

-Haswell has heat problems for many people, and runs hotter than AMD. I considered choosing the 4770K but I don't want to look into liquid cooling since air is my preferred method of cooling.
-Ivy Bridge didn't have the heat issues of Haswell, but that socket is more or less dead anyway, so buying a 3770K now would make upgrading expensive in the future.
-AMD does have more cores, so when programs start to use more cores an AMD chip could start to really shine.

As long as I can render and edit decently fast (I do NOT need to have the absolute best times, and rendering in real time might be sweet but is NOT required. I am decently patient, i can withstand not-perfect render times.) then AMD will be fine. If there is an Intel worth buying I'll consider switching.

Here is the part list I put together. Suggest anything to change, that's what I want to know. I already use most of my current 1TB HDD so I definitely don't want to skimp on storage capacity, so don't recommend different capacities only different models, please

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($199.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($71.99 @ Mwave)
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($182.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($330.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 500GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($264.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 500GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($264.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital WD Black 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($249.91 @ B&H)
Video Card: HIS Radeon R9 295X2 8GB Video Card ($1506.50 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic Platinum 1000W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($299.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($187.97 @ OutletPC)
Total: $3702.29
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-23 13:53 EDT-0400)
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  1. That GPU is pointless. HUGE waste of money. Get a single 780ti or 290x AT MOST. And you can get a 750w PSU

    Why do you need 2 500gb SSDs? Get a single 250gb one for recording to and then move files off of it after recording. This is how most youtubers do it.

    Get 16gb RAM. I promise you will not need any more.

    Out of curiosity, what is your youtube channel?

    Also, DO NOT expect programs to use more cores. This is a loose rumor based on consoles, which have NOTHING to do with PC gaming. In reality stronger cores will still prevail, not more of them.
  2. My sincere recommendation for you is to wait for a while longer as intel announces the z99 chipsets.. its broadwell and haswell refresh compatible.. also DDR4 will be available by then.. but that's 2015.. still you can be future proof here..

    else, if you are in a urgent requirement, you can use the i5 4670k. it is a decent cpu as well.. lower power consumption.. heard that the heat is not as much as the i7 4770k..

    The reason is that the AMD architecture is still very old that is being used since many years and Intel's architecture is more recent and updated hence, performs better at rendering the graphics..

    CPU boss is a great website for comparison.. you can use that or anandtech's benchmarks for a comparison..
  3. Best answer
    Here is a better build. tiny voices is right.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($199.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($71.99 @ Mwave)
    Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($182.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: G.Skill TridentX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Sandisk Extreme II 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Micro Center)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.97 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.97 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Superclocked ACX Video Card ($728.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 760W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($189.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($187.97 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $2221.83
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-23 14:36 EDT-0400)
  4. Sorry that I'm not replying directly, I'm on my phone and I originally made this thread on my computer. Thank you all for the suggestions and alternate build. I do understand stronger cores are usually better (pretty much always) though I always wondered why a $200 "8" core could be overclocked to be near the same performance as a true quad core. Of course heat and power consumption could offset the price. Anyway, even though price to performance is something I like about AMD I will strongly consider Intel. Now concerning the 295X2 I have a lot of interest in 4K recording and in benchmarks the new AMD dual GPU does it amazingly while staying cool and quietish. If I wanted to do 4K or 1440P would I still want to downgrade my GPU choice? I could always Crossfire the 270 I currently have but I do t really know if that's the best idea. Lastly I wanted the two SSD's because even though I'm patient, boot times for programs is something I would love to have and I will always be getting more games and stuff. Oh and my channel is TehCaucasianAsian for the guy who asked. My mic is currently unusable so a lot of videos are commentary-less
  5. You can record at 4k with WAY better means that a 295x. It is SO overpriced its crazy.

    I would get a 780ti or 290x and then get another later if you REALLY think you need it.
  6. Additionally, absolutely zero need for Win 7 Ultimate. Win 7 Pro at the most, but Home Premium will do it as well.
  7. Okay, I'll look I to other single GPUs. Oh and the Win7 Ultimate was because Home Premium supports a maximum of 16GB of RAM which really does limit upgradability if I were to start off with 16GB. I also already have 8GB in my current rig which could potentially impact my final upgrade decision
  8. TehCaucasianAsian said:
    Okay, I'll look I to other single GPUs. Oh and the Win7 Ultimate was because Home Premium supports a maximum of 16GB of RAM which really does limit upgradability if I were to start off with 16GB. I also already have 8GB in my current rig which could potentially impact my final upgrade decision


    Win 7 Pro then. Ultimate gives no benefit but a slimmer wallet.
  9. You will not need more than 16gb RAM for just editing and uploading for youtube. Trust me.
  10. tiny voices said:
    You will not need more than 16gb RAM for just editing and uploading for youtube. Trust me.


    Agreed. I have 16 and it works just fine.
  11. Alrighty, I'll take your guys' word for it. I'll revise my upgrade idea and probably use a lot of the suggested build and make something cheaper. Thanks again for the feedback, appreciate it. I
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