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Upgrade and old computer - Budget 600-900

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December 24, 2012 12:19:15 AM

So guys, it's the end of the year... and I decided that I deserve a better computer..

I have something on my mind, and I'd love to hear your expert opinions.
First the template:

Approximate Purchase Date: this week.
Budget Range: 600-800 Before - Shipping
System Usage from Most to Least Important:: Home Workstation (simple photoshop, databases, excells), some gaming such as civilization 5, a lot of multi tasking, watching full hd movies, etc.
Are you buying a monitor: No, I've already have 4 24" IPS LED monitors.
Parts to Upgrade: Wants to upgrade mobo, cpu, memory and PSU.
Do you need to buy OS: No, already have a brand new Windows 8
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or amazon it's ok.
Location: Miami, Florida.
Parts Preferences: This one had intel but I think I could try again AMD since it's much cheaper. And since I've chose AMD I think that the GPU has to be ATI right?
Overclocking: Maybe. I did it a long time ago, in a galaxy far far away.... I remember that I've overclocked a pentium IV.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe. if you suggest I would do it.
Your Monitor Resolution: 4x 1920x1080
Additional Comments: I don't care about the noise.
Why Are You Upgrading: I think it's time. I start buying some products with usb 3, and in my current system I can't use it (I don't have any pcie available).


Ok, so what do I already have:

SSD 256 GB HD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2x 1.5 TB HD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
4x Viewsonic 24" LED IPS (I'm lazy to check model) :( 
Chassis Thermaltake Chaser MK-I http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


My idea is to buy a multitasking cpu, may be a liquid cooling solution for the cpu, 16 or 32 gb of memory and a power PSU to support all of this.


So this is my suggestion:
AMD FX-8350 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $210
Thermaltake WATER2.0 Liquid CPU Cooler http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $109
GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $195
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 32GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $165
Total: $680
And of course I'm missing the PSU, but there are so many options in newegg I have no clue there.
For the video cards, should I buy 2 and using crossfire or just one with 4 ports? (my monitors supports both dvi or hdmi).

but of course may be I have noo idea what I'm doing... So feel free to laugh, to tell me how wrong am I. And the best part... what should I change on this configuration to have the best for the money...

Thanks a lot and merry xmas to everybody.
December 24, 2012 2:31:15 AM

Intel build is cheap if you know what to buy... it will perform much better than any strong AMD build. but your build above is already good :)  you choose which one you want to go

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $804.81
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-23 23:30 EST-0500)



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and this one is the cheapest you can get from intel. it comes in micro ATX form factor
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-P45 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $517.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-23 23:33 EST-0500)
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December 24, 2012 2:55:19 AM

Keep in mind, both of the processors listed above are only available from Microcenter. the OP also has a case already.

32GB is way way way way too much RAM. I barely use more than 8GB in my computer.
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December 24, 2012 3:12:59 AM

AMD Radeon said:
Intel build is cheap if you know what to buy... it will perform much better than any strong AMD build. but your build above is already good :)  you choose which one you want to go

Hey thanks for the quick answer.
just a couple of comments...
I really don't care about brands, but I want to buy the best for my budget.
So, I only need CPU,Mobo, memory, psu and GPU. may be a cooler or a liquid cooling system. And may be 2 gpus since I have 4 monitors.

I hope this computer will last working propertly one year, that's why I'm thinking on 32 gb of ram.

Of course the main focus should be the cpu, but also I want the mobo to be upgradable. (for example, leave some PCIE free so I could use on future, etc).
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December 24, 2012 3:18:11 AM

Also, I've forgot to mention that I'll be doing some kind of virtualization too, and that's another reason why I think memory it's important.
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December 24, 2012 5:27:29 AM

Well, I believe 16GB should suffice, 32 just really has no use for anything. You can run more than one monitor off of a Radeon.
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December 24, 2012 5:57:52 AM

My recamend is fill all slots dont see capacity. see mhz in board and ram.Reason mhz is the key to achive speed. if board support 1600mhz u insert 1333mhz its waste because not get full speed of ram slot. if board support 1333mhz u insert 1600mhz its also waste of money (1333mhz ram is cheaper than 1600mhz)also u not utilise full speed of ram. (4x1600mhz=6400mhz =6.4ghz) vs (2x1600=3200mhz=3.2ghz). think.
Also my recamend is Buy "TRANSCEND" ram .reason other manufacturers give only 1year warenty but transcend give "lifetime warenty" so no need to warry about problems. Then cost "no more dealer and distributer " because anyone can "buy directly in TRANSCEND.COM" so cost lower then other.
Buy axe ram 2100+mhz oc enabled
future proof with lifetime warenty.

Asus formula v mobo "five" year warenty. am3+,6x2100mhz ram slot=12600mhz(12.6ghz).

good processor u r selected.for virtualization needs more cores.

Gpu set up look like this. 1x gpu=x16; 2x gpu=x16+x16=(x32); 3x gpu=x16+x8+x8=(x32); 4x gpu=x16+x8+x4+x4=(x32). so 2xgpu=4xgpu.


So buy 7990 and 690.reason some games work in amd not in nvidia ,some games work in nvidia not in amd.So buy both company cards and play all games.

use Coolermaster v10 water cooler to oc upto 6ghz without worry.
if u r not oc above than 5.0 the watercooler come from processor is enough.

Smps Coolermaster 1200w output max upto 1440w.
5year warenty.
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December 24, 2012 6:02:24 AM

Remember :ram capacity is not wanted reason virtual memory.hdd space used as ram ,cost is lower then ram,ram not help to save datas permanently.
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December 24, 2012 6:09:12 AM

7990 and 690 gpus both work at same time.
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December 24, 2012 6:44:13 AM

I wouldn't buy the ASUS Formula, the 7990, or the 690 right now.

Also, overclocking to 6GHz is not really possible without a very very nice cooling system.
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December 24, 2012 8:57:07 AM

hytecgowthaman said:
Remember :ram capacity is not wanted reason virtual memory.hdd space used as ram ,cost is lower then ram,ram not help to save datas permanently.

Hey, sorry for the newbie question but, you are saying that it's cheaper and more effective to put another small SSD disk for the virtual memory for example?
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January 3, 2013 10:21:16 PM

so ???
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