Case: NZXT Tempest 210 Mid-Tower Gaming Case CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-3820 Quad-Core 3.60 GHz 10MB Cooling Fan: Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Dual Enermax Enlobal Silent High Performance 120MM Fans (Push-Pull)) Motherboard: ASUS P9X79 LE Intel X79 Memory: 8GB (2GBx4) DDR3/1600MHz Quad Channel Memory Video Card: AMD Radeon HD 6450 1GB 16X PCIe Power Supply: * 850 Watts - Thermaltake Toughpower Grand TPG-850M Gold Modular 80 Plus Power Supply Hard Drive: * 60 GB OCZ Agility 3 SATA III 6.0Gb/s SSD
Grand total: $975. My budget: 3-digit USD. Although I have more money to spend, I'd like to keep it below 1 grand. Target system lifespan: At least 3 years.
Components transferred from my current system to this new build:
- Radeon 5870 (yes, I will swap the graphic card with the 6450)
- ASUS Xonar D2X
- 2 monitors, speakers, WiFi card, bunch of good ol' HDDs
Typical workload (sorted from highest to lowest time spent):
Productivity: Adobe Photoshop + Lightroom. I'm a heavy PS user, and I work with tons of layers on a single picture (now don't advise me to get a Mac ) Gaming: Civilization V + Guild Wars 2. I play game with only 1 monitor @1920x1080. The second monitor is for PS. VirtualBox: Linux guest OS for my programming needs.
- I do *not* overclock. But I do like to keep my environment cool and quiet.
Why am I getting this new build?
Adobe PS takes 10 seconds or more of my life away every time I'm applying complex filter or executing PS Actions. Civ5 taxes my system a lot. I couldn't play in small map or above without considerable wait time between turns. Guild Wars 2 sends my CPU utilization to 100% while my R5870 laughing its ass off at 40% workload.
What will happen to my current system?
I'm planning to make it as a internet-facing webserver. The Radeon 6450 will sleep with the webserver. The Radeon 5870 will be powering my next system.
I have to admit that my previous build consisting of Core2Duo E8400 + Radeon 4850 (upgraded to R5870) lasts 4.5 years before I started looking for another system. My webserver doesn't have a lot of visitor, so I doubt performance will be an issue.
Another question: LGA 2011. It seems that the next Haswell will be using LGA 1150 according to Wikipedia entry. Thus LGA 2011 might have a very short lifespan, I think. Is it a good idea to just get this build done or wait for Haswell to come out?
Inputs, suggestions, and answers to my questions are very much appreciated