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November 24, 2012 3:32:33 AM

Hey TH Community,

I am seeking some final thoughts on a build upgrade. My budget is roughly $400, give or take, and I've got it narrowed to the following to configs:

Config 1
Mobo - MSI Z77A-GD55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130644
CPU - Core I5 3570k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504
Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428
SSD - SanDisk Extreme SDSSDX-120G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820171567&Tpk=SanDisk%20Extreme%20SDSSDX-120G

Total - $434.97


Config 2
Mobo - MSI Z77A-GD55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130644
CPU - Core I7 3770k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116501
Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

Total - $429.98


Current computer:
Core I5-750
Gigabyte P55-UD3
GSkill 8GB PC3-10700
Seagate 250GB 7200rpm
Radeon 5750


Computer uses: Gaming and 3D Productivity (3DS Max, Zbrush, PS, UDK, Unity, etc.). About 50/50 between the 2. Would the speed of the SSD outweigh the jump to an I7?

In the future, I will be upgrading the monitor and video card at the time same, hopefully around mid-March/April. :) 
November 24, 2012 3:36:31 AM

Getting an SSD will be a bigger improvement than i7, yes. Hyperthreading doesn't quite double the speed of hyper threaded applications like you might think ( software isnt good enough. ) Also with gaming the i5 is fine anyways.

Why can't you keep your current 8GB of memory?
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November 24, 2012 3:42:35 AM

what's really wrong with the core components you have now ?
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November 24, 2012 6:03:19 AM

^ I reckon with that 5750 he is getting some frame rates a little lower than 7750, which isnt bad, could be better.

best upgrade he could do would be gpu, but he said he is going to do that later.
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November 24, 2012 1:14:29 PM

Hey folks,

Thanks for the replies.

@ThomasKreel: I could keep my current but with memory being so cheap, I figured why not? Also, I am tentatively planning to build a 2nd computer with the current parts for my stepson's 10th birthday in May.

@Swifty_Morgan: With the amount of polygons being pushed in ZBrush (15 million+) and ultimately 3DS Max, viewport slowdowns are starting to become an issue. I've got a Core I7 SB at work and I'd like to get some parity between the two for when I bring work home.

The other option is to go video card/monitor right now(currently running at 1680x1050 and want to go true HD) and wait for the next gen of processors to hit.

Any thoughts? Config 1 vs. Config 2 vs. $400 monitor/video card combo upgrade?

Thanks folks for your time. :) 
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November 25, 2012 6:13:07 PM

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