Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

Time to Upgrade: $1500 Game / Video Edit / Programming Rig

Last response: in Systems
Share
August 7, 2011 9:25:55 PM

So first question is, I've made it this long without upgrading, do I wait until Bulldozer / Hexacore SandyBridge E hit the market to see if it drops the price of the CPU I'm looking at? With that kept in mind...

**Edit to let people know what I'm coming from... AMD Athlon 64 x2 Dual core 5200+ (2.61 Ghz) **

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP, if things check out based on suggestions to the list I'm prepared to order today.


Budget Range: 1 ~ 1.7K

System Usage: Gaming (FPS, Starcraft 2, WoW, Diablo 3) > Video Editing > Programming


Parts Not Required:
All peripherals
GPU - EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130595
Case - Cooler Master CM Stacker RC-830-SSN2-GP Evolution (RC-830-SSN2) All Aluminum ATX/BTX Computer PC Tower Case


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg / Tiger Direct / Amazon

Country of Origin: US


Parts Preferences: i7 2600K (I realize the i5 is going to be better for gaming but I do enough editing / coding that I can abuse the i7 and it's an attempt to do some minor future-proofing)


Overclocking: Maybe, will OC as this rig approches end of life to squeak out another year.


SLI or Crossfire: Intend to later.


Monitor Resolution:


Additional Comments: Some of my initial parts selection is an attempt to prepare for expansion (ie. PSU - SLI, mobo - Ivy Bridge support, etc.). Also I currently have a Cooler Master Stacker case that I'd like to re-use I guess but can be convinced to go in other directions especially if my ideal cooling solution will not work with it. I could be convinced to pick up another GPU if people think it's worth it.


Components:

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070

CPU Cooling: CORSAIR H80 (CWCH80) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler ... I'm thinking this should fit in my old case, pretty sure the H100 won't. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181016

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PROFESSIONAL GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157263

Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws X + Turbulence II Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL9D-8GBXLD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231435

Power Supply: CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX1200 (CMPSU-1200AX) 1200W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Certified 80 PLUS GOLD Certified ... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139014

SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533

DVD: LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

Wireless NIC: ASUS PCE-N13 PCI Express Wireless Adapter http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320048


I appreciate any suggestions or anyone's opinions especially if you've worked with any of these components.
August 7, 2011 9:48:50 PM

i7 against i5 will not change much in video editing, as 1 - FPU and SSE etc. blocks are not hiperthreaded /only the integer blocks are/ and they are the same number in both procesors, and 2 - these operations load the processor to the limit and don't pose any conditional waiting, so again, HT will not help much.
m
0
l
August 7, 2011 11:19:21 PM

The sweet spot for Sandy Bridge is 1600MHz as confirmed by anandtech. Instead of going for higher speed, I would get more RAM as it would be more beneficial.

G.SKILL 16GB (4x4GB DDR3 1600MHz) $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would go for the Prolimatech Megahalems. Your case should be fine seating any heatsink 130mm and under. The heatsink will only cost you $70 but you have to buy your own fans. I would go for 2x Yate Yoon 120mmx25mm fans
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Instead of going for a Western Digital drive. I would get the Samsung Spinpoint F3 instead. It has better performance. It's only $60.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm glad you know the hyperthreading wont' be beneficial and you want to consider it as future-proofing. Intel ivy bridge will release next year to run on lga 1155. A simple bio flash should be able to let you use ivy bridge. I think you will benefit more from the i5-2500k but it's really your choice.
m
0
l
August 8, 2011 4:30:19 AM

wintermint said:
The sweet spot for Sandy Bridge is 1600MHz as confirmed by anandtech. Instead of going for higher speed, I would get more RAM as it would be more beneficial.

G.SKILL 16GB (4x4GB DDR3 1600MHz) $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would go for the Prolimatech Megahalems. Your case should be fine seating any heatsink 130mm and under. The heatsink will only cost you $70 but you have to buy your own fans. I would go for 2x Yate Yoon 120mmx25mm fans
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Instead of going for a Western Digital drive. I would get the Samsung Spinpoint F3 instead. It has better performance. It's only $60.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm glad you know the hyperthreading wont' be beneficial and you want to consider it as future-proofing. Intel ivy bridge will release next year to run on lga 1155. A simple bio flash should be able to let you use ivy bridge. I think you will benefit more from the i5-2500k but it's really your choice.


Taking your advice on the memory, I actually hadn't seen that article on anandtech and it was a good read.

With that in mind I'm switching over to 16GB via 2x: G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR2 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231461

Again thinking this will help keep temps down in a slightly older case.

Hearing you on the HDD as well, the WD drive really can't make full use of the SATA 3 (6Gb/s) xfer rate and the only thing that will provide a slight boost would be the larger cache size, not worth the $30 price difference.



m
0
l
!