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Shortlist for workstation PC upgrade - your thoughts?

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June 19, 2011 8:43:33 PM

I am upgrading my computer which I use for Video editing, Music production, gaming and extreme multi-tasking. After thorough research here is my shortlist:

CPU

Intel Core i7 2600k 3.4GHz Socket 1155 8MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor £235.65

RAM (16GB)

G.Skill RipJawsX 1600MHz @ £130 OR Kingston 1333MHz @ £95?

MOTHERBOARD

Asrock Z68 EXTREME4 £139.79

SSD DRIVE

Crucial 128GB 2.5" M4 SSD SATA-III 6Gb/s - Read 415MB/s Write 175MB/s £169.98

CPU Cooler

Thermalright Silver Arrow £51

I am upgrading from:
  • Q6600 @ 3.0Ghz
  • 4GB DDR2 RAM @800mhz
  • Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3R
  • Coolermaster Silent pro Gold 1000W PSU*
  • Asus Xonar DX soundcard*
  • Dell U2711 + Samsung SyncMaster 245B*
  • Gigabyte GTX 560ti*
  • Keyboard/Mouse/Speakers/Hard drives*
  • Coolermaster CM690 II Advanced Case*
    *I will continue to use with the new build

    Do you have any suggestions for improvement?
    June 19, 2011 8:49:58 PM

    looks good you might wanna consider a cooler for the 2600k
    June 19, 2011 9:15:20 PM

    obsidian86 said:
    looks good you might wanna consider a cooler for the 2600k


    I do wish to achieve a stable overclock with my 2600K. I own a Zalman CNPS 9700, which sadly is not compatible with sk 1155. I am tempted to get the Corsair Cooling Air Series A70 @£53.71 because the product reviews on ebuyer are largely positive. It is a little pricey for a cooler though... any alternatives?
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    June 20, 2011 3:47:39 AM

    1. You don't mention other storage- do you have other hard drives for the machine or do you have some form of network storage?
    2. With 16GB of ram I am assuming that you are using a 64bit OS. You would only need to buy 4GB of ram if you were running a 32bit OS.
    3. For overclocking you should use a good aftermarket cpu cooler. I recommend using frostytech.com for researching coolers.
    June 20, 2011 12:03:38 PM

    cadder said:
    1. You don't mention other storage- do you have other hard drives for the machine or do you have some form of network storage?
    2. With 16GB of ram I am assuming that you are using a 64bit OS. You would only need to buy 4GB of ram if you were running a 32bit OS.
    3. For overclocking you should use a good aftermarket cpu cooler. I recommend using frostytech.com for researching coolers.


    Sorry I should have mentioned. I use 4.5TB of HDD's for my multimedia work (2x 1TB/2TB/500GB). Also I work with 64bit applications on a 64bit OS.

    For a cooling fan I am looking at the Noctua NH-D14 and the Corsair Cooling Air Series A70 @£53.71 both have positive reviews, both are pricey... I see the Noctua NH-D14 frequently recommended for use with the 2600K, although I am not 100% sure that it will be compatible with skt 1155. Do you have any suggestions?
    June 20, 2011 2:10:06 PM

    After reading the comparison review on this website I am tempted to choose the Asrock Z68 EXTREME4 over the gigabyte board. Also, I am now convinced the following RAM will offer me best value for money:

    Kingston 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1333MHz HyperX Blu Memory Kit CL9 1.5V (X2 for 16GB) £125.98

    The Ripjaws X-series does not appear to offer much extra performance to warrant playing an extra £52... any objections? RAM performance will be of high priority to me since I'm always multi-tasking.
    June 21, 2011 4:18:55 PM

    I've just edited the original post with the most up-to-date components for my upgrade. Could anybody help me decide whether to get 16GB G.Skill RipJaws X-series 1600MHZ @ £130 or 16GB Kingston HyperX 1333MHZ @ £95?

    Now, 1600MHz memory is recommended for the best price/performance. I will definately make the most out of the extra speed however:

    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/memory/2011/01/11/the-...

    From my interpretation, I am looking at a ~36% price difference for a subtle (1-5%) performance gain... Is this correct? Will it be different in another circumstance i.e. multi-tasking with all 16GB's of memory?

    it doesn't seem worth going for the faster memory
    June 22, 2011 9:40:15 PM

    UPDATE: I've went with the better value Kingston 1333MHz memory/Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU cooler. I've made my mind up with all the other parts (2600K/Crucial M4)

    I'm just stuck picking out the right motherboard now.

    VALUE--> Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H £100

    GOOD REVIEWS--> Asus P8Z68-V PRO Z68 £150

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED--> ASROCK Z68 Extreme 4 £140


    I am looking for quality/stability/decent overclocking and support for all of my components (4x HDDs, SSD drive, 2x GPU's, PCI sound card etc) I don't know if I'll get all of this with the Gigabyte motherboard. I am only interested in Z68 boards.

    As it stands I am inclined to go for one of the more expensive motherboards simply because I am intimidated by the 4 pin CPU power connector on the cheaper gigabyte mobo. It will really give me peace of mind if I was made aware of some of the features offered by the more expensive mobos over the gigabyte one. Any thoughts?
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