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Hello all,

It has been a while since I last upgraded my rig, so here I am hoping to get enlightened from you pro's with some suggestions.

To start off, here are my full current specs:

Core i7 920 @ 3.7Ghz (Megahalems Mega Shadow Cooler)
Asus Sabertooth X58
Enermax Infinity 85+ 920W
24GB Kingston HyperX PC3 1600Mhz RAM
Corsair Obsidian 550D
Nvidia Zotac GTX 480 Amp Edition
Corsair Force3 SSD 128GB (Boot)
OCZ Vertex Turbo 128GB
3 Non-SSD Hard Drives


I will be keeping everything except for the CPU/MOBO/RAM/CPU COOLER


I haven't been following the computer tech scene lately, so I pretty much have little to none knowledge about what CPU/MOBO/RAM would be the best bang for my buck currently.

My budget is no higher than $1000.


The system will be used mainly for Video Editing, and some gaming as well.


I did some research myself, possibly thinking about getting the Intel i3770K Ivy Bridge ? Or would Sandy Bridge be a better option in my case ?
I am assuming I will need a solid Z77 board for this ? As far as RAM goes, I would want a 32GB configuration, and for the CPU cooler, I was looking at a possible watercooling setup like the Corsair H100 maybe ?

As you can see, I am quite clueless when it comes to choosing the best hardware for my Video Editing setup.

One last note, I am fairly comfortable with some mild overclocking.

I will be so thankful for any of your guys' responses and suggestions.

Thanks!
Luke
Edited by Luke2 - 3/20/13 at 9:48am
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well if you can wait .. haswell is coming next june. 1000$ build with 32GB of ram isn't that easy to achieve if it's from scratch but if you are willing to use your HDDs & your PSU here is a Build for you

Parts: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($304.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($97.28 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($72.41 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $939.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Hello all,

It has been a while since I last upgraded my rig, so here I am hoping to get enlightened from you pro's with some suggestions.

To start off, here are my full current specs:

Core i7 920 @ 3.7Ghz (Megahalems Mega Shadow Cooler)
Asus Sabertooth X58
Enermax Infinity 85+ 920W
24GB Kingston HyperX PC3 1600Mhz RAM
Nvidia Zotac GTX 480 Amp Edition
Corsair Force3 SSD 128GB (Boot)
OCZ Vertex Turbo 128GB
3 Non-SSD Hard Drives



I haven't been following the computer tech scene lately, so I pretty much have little to none knowledge about what CPU/MOBO/RAM would be the best bang for my buck currently.

My budget is no higher than $1000.


The system will be used mainly for Video Editing, and some gaming as well.


I did some research myself, possibly thinking about getting the Intel i3770K Ivy Bridge ? Or would Sandy Bridge be a better option in my case ?
I am assuming I will need a solid Z77 board for this ? As far as RAM goes, I would want a 32GB configuration, and for the CPU cooler, I was looking at a possible watercooling setup like the Corsair H100 maybe ?

As you can see, I am quite clueless when it comes to choosing the best hardware for my Video Editing setup.

One last note, I am fairly comfortable with some mild overclocking.

I will be so thankful for any of your guys' responses and suggestions.

Thanks!
Luke

You current rig is still very powerful just to let you know. I was in similar position. I too have i7 920. Overclocked it to 4.0ghz, added Antec h20 cooler, and added 7950 and WOW..PC came back to life and was more than capable of handling current games. However, doing upgrades to the i7 920 really gave me the upgrade bug so I know what you maybe going through.

Just my 2 cents, if you want to upgrade w/ $1000 budget...Go with 3770k w/ Asus Maximus board, 32 gb of G-Skill ram, HD 7950, PSU 700-800watt, and the Swiftech h220 AIO to cool that CPU.
 
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Oh no, I am so sorry, I guess it didn't come clear from my first post.


I plan on keeping the rest of my hardware.
Also, the case I have is Corsair 550D

So All I would need is the Cpu, Ram, Motherboard, and CPU Cooler.

Sorry for not being clear.

Now I also wonder if I would be able to step up to 2011 socket and go x79 i7 3930k (Six Cores), if that would fit under $1000.
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Oh no, I am so sorry, I guess it didn't come clear from my first post.


I plan on keeping the rest of my hardware.
Also, the case I have is Corsair 550D

So All I would need is the Cpu, Ram, Motherboard, and CPU Cooler.

Sorry for not being clear.

Now I also wonder if I would be able to step up to 2011 socket and go x79 i7 3930k (Six Cores), if that would fit under $1000.

Yes, you could step up to x79 and stay under 1000. But if it was me. I wouldnt do it. You would be sacrificing too much on the components when you have i7 3930k at least $500. There goes half of your budget. i7 3820 you could get for under $300.
 
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Yes, you could step up to x79 and stay under 1000. But if it was me. I wouldnt do it. You would be sacrificing too much on the components when you have i7 3930k at least $500. There goes half of your budget. i7 3820 you could get for under $300.

I do see what you are saying there.

So possibly get the 3820 and overclock it would be a good idea then.

I guess where I now get confused is would I truly benefit from the x79 ? I know the LGA 1155 is a "dead" socket at this point, and getting the 2011 would yield for a future upgrade.

How does the i7 3820 compare to the i7 3770k ? I know one is Ivy and the other is Sandy-E. Is one better for video editing than the other ?
Edited by Luke2 - 3/20/13 at 10:16am
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I do see what you are saying there.

So possibly get the 3820 and overclock it would be a good idea then.

I guess where I now get confused is would I truly benefit from the x79 ? I know the LGA 1155 is a "dead" socket at this point, and getting the 2011 would yield for a future upgrade.

How does the i7 3820 compare to the i7 3770k ? I know one is Ivy and the other is Sandy-E. Is one better for video editing than the other ?

i7 3820 is not unlocked where 3770k is unlocked. As far as video editing, I cannot answer that.
 
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Hello all,

It has been a while since I last upgraded my rig, so here I am hoping to get enlightened from you pro's with some suggestions.

To start off, here are my full current specs:

Core i7 920 @ 3.7Ghz (Megahalems Mega Shadow Cooler)
Asus Sabertooth X58
Enermax Infinity 85+ 920W
24GB Kingston HyperX PC3 1600Mhz RAM
Corsair Obsidian 550D
Nvidia Zotac GTX 480 Amp Edition
Corsair Force3 SSD 128GB (Boot)
OCZ Vertex Turbo 128GB
3 Non-SSD Hard Drives


I will be keeping everything except for the CPU/MOBO/RAM/CPU COOLER


I haven't been following the computer tech scene lately, so I pretty much have little to none knowledge about what CPU/MOBO/RAM would be the best bang for my buck currently.

My budget is no higher than $1000.


The system will be used mainly for Video Editing, and some gaming as well.


I did some research myself, possibly thinking about getting the Intel i3770K Ivy Bridge ? Or would Sandy Bridge be a better option in my case ?
I am assuming I will need a solid Z77 board for this ? As far as RAM goes, I would want a 32GB configuration, and for the CPU cooler, I was looking at a possible watercooling setup like the Corsair H100 maybe ?

As you can see, I am quite clueless when it comes to choosing the best hardware for my Video Editing setup.

One last note, I am fairly comfortable with some mild overclocking.

I will be so thankful for any of your guys' responses and suggestions.

Thanks!
Luke

Video editing (from my knowledge at least) will make use of multiple cores/threads much better than games will. Not to say having more cores and hyperthreading wouldn't help you in games, just maybe not as much as for video editing.

That being said, I can't particularly find any reason to go with a second generation Sandy Bridge over Ivy Bridge. They're essentially going to get you the same results, with Ivy Bridge being a tiny bit (5% or so?) faster. I would definitely go with an unlocked processor though for some overclocking, especially if you're considering an H100.

CPU:Intel Core i7-3770k-$330
Mobo:Asus P8Z77 Delux - $339
RAM:Gskill Ripjaw X 32GB (4x8GB) - $210
Cooler: Corsair H100i - $120
That would put you at all but exactly $1000

I have personally used all of these components before in one way or another (RAM and H100i are in my personal rig) and I really think you'd get a good use out of it all. The H100i is a bit tricky to fiddle with sometimes, but in the end I think it's worth it.

As for an x79 upgrade, I would not go with anything less than a 3930k, and that would take up over half your budget on the CPU alone.

CPU:Intel Core i7-3930k-$569
Mobo:ASUS P9X79-$249
RAM:Gskill Ripjaw X 32GB (4x8GB) -$210
Cooler: Corsair H100i - $120
Total: $1148

I know that is a bit over your budget, but unless you wanted to go with a cheaper cooler (i really like the H100i) I just really cannot figure out how to get it there.

In the end I would suggest going with the 3770k. I think you'll be more than happy with the end results for a good while. thumb.gif
Hopefully I was of some assistance!

Edit: Be sure the 550d can fit a 2x120 radiator. As far as I can tell and from what I know it can, but just double check for spacing! I had a real issue where I thought my HAF 922 could fit it easily in the top, but my individually sleeved 8-pin was in the way and it was extraordinarily difficult to mount.
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Video editing (from my knowledge at least) will make use of multiple cores/threads much better than games will. Not to say having more cores and hyperthreading wouldn't help you in games, just maybe not as much as for video editing.

That being said, I can't particularly find any reason to go with a second generation Sandy Bridge over Ivy Bridge. They're essentially going to get you the same results, with Ivy Bridge being a tiny bit (5% or so?) faster. I would definitely go with an unlocked processor though for some overclocking, especially if you're considering an H100.

CPU:Intel Core i7-3770k-$330
Mobo:Asus P8Z77 Delux - $339
RAM:Gskill Ripjaw X 32GB (4x8GB) - $210
Cooler: Corsair H100i - $120
That would put you at all but exactly $1000

I have personally used all of these components before in one way or another (RAM and H100i are in my personal rig) and I really think you'd get a good use out of it all. The H100i is a bit tricky to fiddle with sometimes, but in the end I think it's worth it.

As for an x79 upgrade, I would not go with anything less than a 3930k, and that would take up over half your budget on the CPU alone.

CPU:Intel Core i7-3930k-$569
Mobo:ASUS P9X79-$249
RAM:Gskill Ripjaw X 32GB (4x8GB) -$210
Cooler: Corsair H100i - $120
Total: $1148

I know that is a bit over your budget, but unless you wanted to go with a cheaper cooler (i really like the H100i) I just really cannot figure out how to get it there.

In the end I would suggest going with the 3770k. I think you'll be more than happy with the end results for a good while. thumb.gif
Hopefully I was of some assistance!

Edit: Be sure the 550d can fit a 2x120 radiator. As far as I can tell and from what I know it can, but just double check for spacing! I had a real issue where I thought my HAF 922 could fit it easily in the top, but my individually sleeved 8-pin was in the way and it was extraordinarily difficult to mount.

Agree with Jukapazoid here...I love Corsair products dont get me wrong...but I personally wouldn't go with the H100i. I would get Swiftech h220. Again, my opinion...
 
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Agree with Jukapazoid here...I love Corsair products dont get me wrong...but I personally wouldn't go with the H100i. I would get Swiftech h220. Again, my opinion...

Can't argue with that. I suggested the H100i because I have personally used it and have experience with it, but the h220 has been outperforming every other closed CPU loop on the market from what I understand. You can also add a GPU if you decide to go custom at some point in the future, which i think is totally rad (no pun intended). I did hear the pump was a bit noisy at times though, but that's all just hearsay.
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