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2nd build ever... Intel Based Budget of $1800.00 No OS

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August 30, 2010 10:14:06 PM

I'm looking for advice on what parts to go with. I build a new PC around this time last year and it's still a great rig but I really just like buying the newest technology I've sort of always been that way. Here's a list of the parts of my current rig.

CPU - Intel Core i7 920 (D0 Stepping)
MOBO - ASrock Extreme
Case - Cooler Master HAF932
RAM - 6 Gigs of Cosiar XMS memory
HD - WD 750 Gb 7200 RPM, WD 500 Gb 7200RPM (both are SATA)
PSU - 700W Cooler Master Silent Pro
GPU - HIS 4890
DVD/CD Drives - I have 3 of them...
OS - Windows 7 Home Premium

I can't decide if I want to stick with the 1366 socket CPU's or just go with the 1156 CPU's I mean I totally understand that the 1366 is the higher end socket but I just can't picture myself ever paying the 1,000 USD for a 980x or something.

I haven't been following the latest and greatest CPU's for the last 6 month's but to me it seems as if building a rig using the i7 870 CPU seems like a pretty sweet deal with how much the price has dropped on that CPU so much since they first came out. Anyways though I totally understand that I haven't been following the market for awhile now so obviously new stuff has probably come out that's a better bang for the buck option. Anyways though I'm totally open for part suggestions so just let me know thanks in advance.
August 30, 2010 10:20:48 PM

That's what you currently have? IMO just grab an SSD. There are no really good price/performance upgrades from what you have. Would 480 sli be faster? Sure. Would it be worth it? No.
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August 31, 2010 12:54:23 AM

ComputerNovice said:
I'm looking for advice on what parts to go with. I build a new PC around this time last year and it's still a great rig but I really just like buying the newest technology I've sort of always been that way...


What on earth is wrong with your existing rig -- besides the hard drives?? I'm with sp12 on this one... Go grab an SSD -- doesn't really matter which one, as long as its from a reputable company (Kingston, OCZ, etc). Install the OS on the SSD, use your WD's for data (pics, movies, etc).

I custom-built an i7-860 system -- used to have a RAID-10 array, which was pretty blistering, but after getting a boot SSD (Kingston SSDNow V-Series 128GB, $250), I have to say that it's the best single upgrade you can buy for a modern PC. The reason? Access time: the access time for a decent SSD -- doesn't even have to be a high-end SSD -- is between 50x to 100x faster than any conventional desktop HD out there. (Even the V-raptors...) I blogged about it in "SSDs: Are You Experienced?" -- there are some decent links at the end if you're interested in further reading.

You didn't mention either if you were OC'ing your CPU... definitely you should be doing this instead of spending ridiculous $$$ on an i7-880 or some other extreme processor. Unless you're doing video rendering or intense Photoshopping... or you happen to have you a lot of spare cash.

Keith
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August 31, 2010 11:15:44 PM

Sorry I forgot to mention my main uses etc... I mainly browse the internet and as of late I've been doing a lot of video editing using Adobe CS5 I use After Effects and Premiere Pro a lot for my job. So basically I end up having render stuff a TON. So honestly anything I can do to speed up my render times to me is worth doing. Trust me though I do realize my current PC isn't a bad PC by any means. I've always kind of had the problem of wanting to buy the latest and greatest stuff though. But honestly if you all think I could just upgrade my current rig then that's what I'll do.

I've been reading some articles and from what I've gathered thus far is that OCZ has the best SSD's on the market. They're SSD's use the Sandforce memory controllers. (On the Vertex 2 and Agility 2 etc...) So anyways do you guys think if I bought a OCZ agility 2 120Gb SSD that it would make a big difference in my render and project export times?

I'm also wondering if investing in a NVIDIA Quadro graphics card would really be worth all the money they cost. Because obviously I don't want to have to throw down 1,000 dollars on a GPU unless its going to make a HUGE difference in what I do.

By the way though I haven't OC'd my current Rig lately the most I ever OC'd it was to about 3.0Ghz because to be quite honest with you it makes me somewhat nervous I'm gonna screw up my rig. Even though logically I know the odds of that aren't high at all only doing a OC of 3.0Ghz .... But anyways thanks for the feedback. I look forward to your responses.
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August 31, 2010 11:45:48 PM

For photoshop the only CPU to really offer an increase in performance would be a 980x or a Xeon ~1000$

You may need more ram, however.
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September 1, 2010 11:56:10 PM

Do you think if I got a SSD and 6 more gigs of RAM that would make a difference I could actually notice?
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September 2, 2010 1:06:13 AM

SSDs are a huge impact on your experience. 100s of times faster in random accesses than mechanical disks.

Are you running out of RAM currently? That's the biggest factor for when you need more.
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September 8, 2010 12:14:38 AM

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September 8, 2010 12:16:29 AM

In all honesty there has only been a few times when I've noticed my little RAM gauge was running out of Free mem, but I may just go ahead and wait till after I get the SSD to decide. I think I'm gonna try to order either the OCZ agility 2 or the OCZ vertex 2.
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