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It looks like my OS needs re-installing, so now is a good time for a quick upgrade.

Current PC specs - http://jakg.ukct.net/Rig.html - (AMD Phenom 920, 8GB DDR800, ATi 4830)

Currently thinking...

2x2TB Seagate 7200.14 HDD's (+ 2x of my existing 1TB 7200.12's)
i5 or i7 Ivy Bridge (But I'm not sure which one - I was looking at something like the 3770k but reviews say the i5's can overclock to pretty much the same speed)
Not sure on the motherboard (Gigabyte G77-D3H seems ok - would like a decent motherboard to be able to overclock)
128GB SSD (Something like the Samsung 830 - not 100% sure which SSD to go for though)
16GB of RAM (not sure which kits are decent though)

Then keeping my existing ATi 4830, PSU (Hiper 670w), X-Fi and case. And running 7 and maybe upgrading to 8 when my copy arrives.

Is there anything better I could be buying?
post #2 of 18
What do you use your computer for? Be specific plz
post #3 of 18
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Originally Posted by King Maliken View Post

What do you use your computer for? Be specific plz
Surfing the internet, lots of coding, image editing, video editing, a few older games (theres nothing I can't play with my current PC that i'd like to).

However, because of how much I use my PC I'd like something quite powerful (although I'm not yet sure if I want i5 or i7 powerful!)
post #4 of 18
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And I need to have 3+ screens plugged in so whatever motherboard I buy needs to have the onboard GPU work when another graphics card is plugged in (the Gigabyte one does this)
post #5 of 18
Well the biggest difference you'll notice is not with the cpu, but with ssd. Now for rendering code the 3770k wins hands down, if this is a big workstation this is the one you want (since a lot of production applications use mutlithreading well). Although, the 3570k won't be too far behind, if you're like and looking for value the 3570k is the best. My suggestion, sensing you are going to use this computer for light work is for sure the 3570k. In terms of OC it'll get the same clocks, roughly.
post #6 of 18
well an i7's hyper threading helps with editing stuff im pretty sure. def get a ssd, just bought an 830 120gb and will never look back although 250gb are faster and fairly cheap atm.
dominator ram is always nice, or corsair vengeance for cheaper stuff, might also want to look into ramdisk's if you dont already know what that is.
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Ok, so it really is down to those 2 CPU's... If I were to do some not-to-serious OC'ing, what sort of cooler should I be looking for? Are the Corsair cheap water cooling kits any good?
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for light oc, might as well go with the good old tried and true (and cheap) 212+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

but ive got a friend with a h80 on a 8150 cpu and it stays cool, and thats saying alot
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post #9 of 18
If you aren't video editing with massive time constraints, an i5 is probably sufficient. You can still OC the heck out of it and save a hundred bucks to throw towards something else in your system. Check the deals around your area and see if you can get something like those CPU + Mobo = discount deals.

If your games and other programs are running fine, go ahead and keep the 4830 for now. You can always upgrade later on if there's a specific game you want to play that actually requires the added power.

Most 120/128GB ssds should float the $80-$100 range, Crucial M4 and Samsung 830 are the popular flavors here, but don't let these frequent recommendations prevent you from exploring worthy alternatives.

If noise is a concern, you might want to grab an aftermarket cooler for the new CPU as well. From a temperature stand point, you should still be okay editing on the stock cooler, but it will be working pretty hard (loud).
Edited by Velathawen - 10/26/12 at 3:09am
post #10 of 18
You should go with a Radeon 7850 and above if you'll be working with multiple screens, besides you get more bang for your buck! wink.gif

The Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 also happens to be the best bang for your buck motherboard when it comes to overclocking, you can find them for about $130 nowadays.
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