I'd like to keep my computer for a while instead of building a whole new one. Current graphics card is Nvidia GTX 285, on an Intel DX58SO motherboard, i7 CPU with 12g ram. I could really use some help narrowing down the choices! Occasional game playing but heavy video and photo editing going on here. Thanks for any advice you can offer.
greg611 said:If there's going to be a good bump in performance I'd go with something in the $300 range I guess. I assume that if I go cheap there won't be enough of a boost to make it worth while- does that sound correct?
If I understand corectly, you goal is better video and photo editing.
I see no need to change out your graphics card, regardless.
Photo editing responds well to lots of ram so as to reduce the need for workfile accesses.
Adding 4gb of ram for $25 or so would be a first good step.
Video editing responds well to many cores, and faster cores.
What I7 do you now have installed?
If it is an older i7-920 or such then a i7-970 6 core that is faster per core is a reasonable upgrade.
Unfortunately, they go for $400 used on e-bay.
A faster i7-960 quad is just not enough faster to make a difference.
That leaves replacing both motherboard and cpu as the most reasonable option.
You can find a motherboard for about $100.
If you are not averse to AMD, the 8 core FX-8150 might be a good option @ $190.
The cores are not nearly as fast as ivy bridge cores, but there are more of them that can be used in a well threaded app.
Or... Something like the 3570K sells for the same $190 at microcenter.
When you add in overclocking, you should get perhaps twice the throughput of a i7-920.
Adding in what you might recover by marketing your current cpu and motherboard, I think you can meet your $300 budget.
You want a new chip, new board, new memory to go along with the new card too, otherwise your new card will suffer bottle neck.
Look at the Firepro from AMD, it's designed for intense video/graphic work, and little gaming.
Here is my suggestion for a new computer for your need
i5-3570k or i7-3770k
Z77 board asus v LK is sufficient unless you got more than 2 TB sata III hdds, then you want something like an Asus sabertooth, it has 4x sata III connectors.
8GB memory, 16 GB if you can because photo editing requires lot of memory for processing. 32 GB is best. No chip can manage 64 GB memory yet.
128 gb SSD for boot. 3 TB 10,000 RPM for storage. Or you can just use the 3TB for boot/storage.
500 W PSU would be more than enough considering the V5900/7900 only uses PCI 6pin, not even a PCIE rail.
Any $30 case would do the job.
Take a look at the benchmark for the 8350 vs i5/i7.
squirrelonfire said:Take a look at the benchmark for the 8350 vs i5/i7.
Looks like a valid comparison at stock clock rates for the work the OP wants done.
It looks like vishera is disappointing too.
It looks like the 8350 can be overclocked to 4.6 stable. That is a nice 15% over stock.
Here is a link to Hardocp who tested it:
On the other hand, Hardocp did the same with a 3770K and ran at 4.7 stable. That is a 38% improvement over stock.
For the average user without top cooling, I might suggest that a conservative OC might yield half of the maximum.
For the op, I think the 3570K is probably the best cpu.
If The $100 price differential is not all that important, then the 3770K whith hyperthreading will be as good as it gets.