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Alright, I've been out of the loop for a while. My last major build was nearly 4 years ago. My mobo is developing some issues, first and foremost the Intel SATA controller has some serious stability issues so I'm running on the third part (Marvell) controller. Instead of upgrading just the mobo I'm thinking of doing a bit of a refresh and picking up a new mobo/CPU/RAM and possibly a new graphics card. I'm kind of a Intel and NVidia "fanboy" but I'd consider other platforms.

My case, PSU, SSD, sound card, etc. are all solid. My current rig is in my signature.

I mostly play CS:GO these days but I'd like to have plenty of capacity for future games and I'm considering getting back into folding@home. I do some GoPro video editing, large excel file processing, etc. as well.

I was thinking 5th or 6th generation intel i5 or i7 (unlocked), a solid gaming/overclocking motherboard and bumping to 16GB of some solid RAM. I'm also thinking of bumping up to an NVidia 900 series, likely a 970/980.

I'll have a solid i5 2500k up for grabs after the upgrade as well smile.gif

I really appreciate the input! Thanks!
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what video editing application do you use?
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Budget?
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Budget?

I'm thinking around $800 max, but I'm flexible. Should be able to sell the old gear for a couple hundred.
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what video editing application do you use?

Just GoPro Studio at this point.
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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FDVRdC
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FDVRdC/by_merchant/

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($216.99 @ SuperBiiz)
  • Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Gene Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($183.98 @ Newegg)
  • Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($74.89 @ OutletPC)
  • Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card ($299.99 @ SuperBiiz)
  • Total: $775.85
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Thanks, seems like a pretty solid build. I'm curious though, does it make sense to bump the budget ~$100 and get into Skylake/DDR4 territory?

Here is a quick example I threw together off of Newegg:
ASRock Z170 Gaming K6+ LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $199.99 -$15.00 Instant $184.99
EVGA GeForce GTX 970 04G-P4-2974-KR 4GB SC GAMING w/ACX 2.0, Silent Cooling Graphics Card $339.99 -$20.00 Instant $319.99
Intel Core i5-6600K 6M Skylake Quad-Core 3.5 GHz LGA 1151 95W BX80662I56600K Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 530 $269.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Intel Z170 Desktop Memory Model F4-3000C15D-16GVR $129.99

Total $904.96
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Thanks, seems like a pretty solid build. I'm curious though, does it make sense to bump the budget ~$100 and get into Skylake/DDR4 territory?

Here is a quick example I threw together off of Newegg:
ASRock Z170 Gaming K6+ LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $199.99 -$15.00 Instant $184.99
EVGA GeForce GTX 970 04G-P4-2974-KR 4GB SC GAMING w/ACX 2.0, Silent Cooling Graphics Card $339.99 -$20.00 Instant $319.99
Intel Core i5-6600K 6M Skylake Quad-Core 3.5 GHz LGA 1151 95W BX80662I56600K Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 530 $269.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Intel Z170 Desktop Memory Model F4-3000C15D-16GVR $129.99

Total $904.96
I think so.
If you plan on upgrading in the next few years, Haswell will leave you with nowhere to go.
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That $100 bump equates to about a 5-10% increase in performance. I'd jump to an i7 at that point for the HT. If you upgrade every few years anyways, judging on how frequent intel changes sockets, its already outdated in terms of upgrade ability.
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Ok, so let's say I bump my budget to $1,000. That would likely make it into Skylake i7 6700k territory. This should last me a good 4 years again. What would you recommend for hardware and would this be a significant enough performance advantage to justify the $200 bump over the haswell build above? Are there any other options I should consider? The "boss" (wife) usually only agrees to these updates every few years so I want to do it right 😜
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Ok, so let's say I bump my budget to $1,000. That would likely make it into Skylake i7 6700k territory. This should last me a good 4 years again. What would you recommend for hardware and would this be a significant enough performance advantage to justify the $200 bump over the haswell build above? Are there any other options I should consider? The "boss" (wife) usually only agrees to these updates every few years so I want to do it right 😜



PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2MNHHx
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2MNHHx/by_merchant/

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($349.99 @ Amazon)
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z170MX-Gaming 5 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($134.99 @ SuperBiiz)
  • Memory: Crucial 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($88.99 @ Adorama)
  • Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card ($299.99 @ SuperBiiz)
  • Total: $873.96
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