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It is time to build a new system, or buy used if there is one that shows up on the market. My current rig is a 1055t with 4Gig of some cheap ram, and a 5850 Video card. My primary use lately is to edit photos and encode video. The only game I play is League of Legends so a high end video card isn't on my radar. I have read more articles than I can remember over the past two weeks, some of which point me to but a 3770 and OC the heck out of it. Others say go with a 3930, and then some say go with dual Xenon for the most threads possible. If I did the Xenon route it would have to be an older gen because I am not working with an unlimited budget. $2500 is the upper end of my range right now. Could anyone steer me in the best direction for my budget and use?
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I don't really see why you would need dual Xeons. What you might consider is telling us why you feel the need to upgrade, especially to spend 2500$ to upgrade - I know this is OCN and all, but I still feel the need to make sure you get what you want for the money you spend. Comparing Tom's Hardware reviews, the comparison between your current processor and a current generation i7 is probably about 25% better as far as video encoding goes. Your performance in League of Legends won't increase much, and your increase in photo editing will probably be negligible. I might suggest investing into your current build, perhaps add a SSD and some more/better RAM.
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I agree with Jeff78, including his recommendations. If you just want to spruce up your system and give it a little extra kick, do some of the basics. add/upgrade RAM to something faster(if applicable), drop an SSD and maybe another HDD or two and make a RAID system. that could be under $500 if done wisely and would give noticeable performance upgrades. $2500 on just an upgraded system is quite a bit much unless there are specifics you are looking towards. If that's the case, we could far better help you out if you tell us some more specifics of what you would want.
I dropped $2k and change on a med-high end gaming rig with a 42" display and that was with a small amount of waste, so I don't see the reason to drop 2500 on just a pc if you aren't going to be doing major gaming or like 4K res video editing regularly. I don't want to give you advice that would have you majorly wasting money if there's no reason for it.
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Thank you for the comments. When I purchased my current machine almost 3.5 years ago now I decided to put away 50 dollars a month for future upgrade of the machine. I am not unhappy with my rig, I just felt that it was about time to move into a more current processor. When encoding takes an hour I long for it to be 35 minutes. I agree that I won't see much improvement with my photo editing though. I have been drooling over the I7's for more than a year now, and seeing that no major leaps seem to be around the corner I thought now would be as good of a time as any to give my current system to my wife and upgrade myself.

I guess I just have a desire more than a true need. I look at my lowly 5.9 Windows Experience Index and my epeen just feels really small when I see everyone talking about their 7.9-8.5's. Maybe you guys are right that just upgrading my RAM and adding an SSD would be a better option for now.

Side note if you seen me play LoL you would understand that no system will improve my performance!
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Well, if you have money set aside and are dead set on spending it, I'll try to address some of your needs.

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When encoding takes an hour I long for it to be 35 minutes.

As far as this goes, your choice between i7 processors and the effect of that choice on encoding can be seen here:
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I look at my lowly 5.9 Windows Experience Index and my epeen just feels really small when I see everyone talking about their 7.9-8.5's.

There are two things with this. First, Windows Experience Index is a bit haphazard. You would be surprised at what gets what numbers - I believe one of the previous generation Pentium Dual Core processors maxed out the CPU score there. Second, the Index is based on your lowest score. Usually that is the hard drive score. You can improve this by adding a SSD. If you don't currently have a SSD, that is the single largest performance increase you can give yourself at this point, before anything else.

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Maybe you guys are right that just upgrading my RAM and adding an SSD would be a better option for now.

What I would suggest - and I am not suggesting at this point that you don't upgrade, since you have budgeted for it and have a person to donate it to - is that you first upgrade your RAM to at least 16 GB and get yourself a SSD for your OS. If you link us your motherboard, I am sure people can make some recommendations on RAM. The SSD can be as little as 60GB if you just want to give yourself a hefty boost for a small amount of cash. 128GB SSDs are also affordable and I suspect others here would be happy to make you a recommendation for brand or model.

Once you have your RAM and a SSD, feel it out. If that doesn't improve your encoding times to a level you are satisfied with, then you can make your upgrade decision based on the chart I posted and take the RAM and SSD you will buy with you to the new build.
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If you link us your motherboard, I am sure people can make some recommendations on RAM. The SSD can be as little as 60GB if you just want to give yourself a hefty boost for a small amount of cash. 128GB SSDs are also affordable and I suspect others here would be happy to make you a recommendation for brand or model.

Once you have your RAM and a SSD, feel it out. If that doesn't improve your encoding times to a level you are satisfied with, then you can make your upgrade decision based on the chart I posted and take the RAM and SSD you will buy with you to the new build.

http://www.overclock.net/products/asus-m4a89gtd-pro-usb3-socket-am3-amd-890gx-sb850-6-sata-usb-3-0-atx-motherboard is my motherboard. It is the one listed in my Rig below. All the Ram choices out there is a bit much for me to digest, and I would welcome any suggestions.
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