Final thoughts on build before buying

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
CPU - Core I5 3570k
Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB
SSD - SanDisk Extreme SDSSDX-120G

Total - $434.97

Config 2
Mobo - MSI Z77A-GD55
CPU - Core I7 3770k
Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB

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. :)
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  1. 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?
  2. what's really wrong with the core components you have now ?
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    ^ 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.
  4. 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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