Alright guys the current gaming computer that I have has been needing an upgrade. I have some money to spend but would like to stay within 1k.
Here are the things that I would like to upgrade:
CPU (quad core)
RAM (+2gb / +4gb) up to 6gb or 8gb depending on price and current setup
Here is what I currently have. I no longer play computer games (360, PS3, Wii) - so the video card does not need to be upgraded or any component needs to be selected to amplify frame rates, etc... I do however do some video encoding (1080p/720p) , and use as a media server/holder.
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
Is there a reason you aren't just putting in a quad? Your current system is ok for what you want. 4GBs of ram with a quad 9xxx should be fine for converting videos. Yes the i5/i7 would be faster but not sure its worth what you'd spend. Also because your 4850 is overkill for non gaming purposes you could sell it and use it to buy a lower power GPU saving you even more. I personally would sell the 4850 and E7xxx for whatever you can get, buy a new 5570 and Q9xxx and spend the $800+ on other new toys like monitors, keyboard, converting software, etc.
I feel that I should upgrade to a newer platform of computing, but if adding a quad, ram, and larger HDD can do it, I'll entertain the idea. I have 2 22" monitors and decent mouse/keyboard. I could upgrade though...
I trans-encoded a 8gb movie last weekend and it took 13 hours to complete....
With the Ram dual-channel kit, can I purchase another dual-channel kit for 8gb?
13hrs? From what to what are you transcoding? The only transcoding I really do is converting a 1.4GB .avi file to DVD. To do this AND burn it at 4x takes me just over 1hr. Yours is x8 as large, so I would think 8+ hrs would be enough. (unless you are using more advanced codecs or resolution.) My CPU is probably similar in performance to yours, an E6600.
You can certainly upgrade to something newer/better. I'd probably grab an AM3 board with a 1055T. 6 cores should make short work of those videos. Nothing wrong with going this route, more so if you have the $$$. ]
You can just grab another 2x2GB kit. You would then have 4x2GB for a total of 8GB. Just make sure you have a 64bit version of windows or it won't work.
I just looked and saw you do 1080 videos. Mine are considerable smaller so thats probably the difference.
The RAM that I have is now discontinued. Will this be a good substitute to add up to 8GB? Also will this be compatible with my motherboard? The motherboard that I have says the memory standard is Dual-Channel. Will it be ok with 2 Dual-Channel kits?