I asked some advice on a choice between upgrade options in an earlier thread so I'm asking for help with a new desktop gaming rig.
Approximate Purchase Date: 2 to 4 weeks
Budget Range: $2400 in parts, I'll scrounge up the shipping + tax
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming @ 5760x1080, general use, publishing photos (part-time), editing gopro footage
Are you buying a monitor: No, own three
Parts to Upgrade: Essential everything, but I do have a five year old coolermaster full tower and 1000W power supply, but I think it is probably time to start from scratch.
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, then Amazon
Location: Santa Barbara, CA is the nearest
Parts Preferences: Intel CPUs, I do have a slight preference for ATI GPUs, but if the alternative nVidia is heaps better I'll go with that.
Overclocking: Yes/Maybe - I'm open to doing this, but not extremely good at it.
SLI or Crossfire: Yes/Maybe - If a single card is better than dual or vice versa
Your Monitor Resolution: 5760x1080 for gaming and sometimes on the desktop, otherwise 3 desktops of 1920x1080
Additional Comments: I play mostly games launching from steam, a few that aren't linked to steam and a few origin games soon. I use Adobe Lightroom for photo editing, and PowerDirector for editing GoPro footage. I do those two for hobbies not for my main source of income. I was looking at using a SSD for the OS & games, and new freshly exported pictures/video. Would move them over to the storage drive afterwards. 1TB for storage of photo/video and a 1TB backup drive.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My last desktop was built almost 5 years ago, I have an Alienware m18xR2 that I'm using as a desktop, I'm looking to upgrade to a proper desktop that will be better than the laptop:
i7 3820qm, 7970m in crossfire, 16Gig of RAM, 750GB hybrid drive, Killer Wireless, Creative Recon audio.
Is LGA1155 or LGA2011 better for Crossfire/SLI? I'm a bit confused by all the interwebs I've been reading about the difference. LGA 2011 is supposed be able to do 16x/16x but only at PCI-E 2.0, but LGA1155 can do PCI-E 3.0 but only at 8x/8x.
Is this the same thing? Does it even matter?
Is a 3930K setup markedly better than a 3770K for processing videos/photos as a hobby?
pick up a i5 3570k + good motherboard for a decent price(also they have 2560x1440p monitors for $300 which is pretty crazy)
the LGA 2011 has fixed the PCI-E slots to run at 3.0 instead of the 2.0, another Pro about going with 2011 is that it will get much more bandwidth than the 1155 socket and can 4-way SLI/CFX and a stronger overall CPU so a 3/4-way SLI/CFX will not bottleneck as much. Again it is pretty pricey so i would stick with the i5 3570k which will do it's good fine.