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Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by Hellfire, May 26, 2014.

  1. Hellfire

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    So My current rig is detailed in my System Specs but I will list it here too.


    Processor: AMD Phenom II x 6 1055T (OC to 3.3Ghz)
    Motherboard: Asus M4A78GTD Pro / USB 3 (AMD 890GX)
    Cooling: 1x 200mm, 5x 120mm & Corsair Hydro Series H50 V2 water cooling with dual push/pull @ 4500rpm
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB PC3-12800 1600MHz (4x2GB) OC 1800
    Video Card(s): ATI Radeon HD7970 Vapor X (1100/1500)
    Hard Disk(s): Samsung 840 Pro SSD (OS) & 2 x 2TB WD Caviar Black (SATA III)
    Optical Drive: Samsung (SH-S223L) DVD /- RW 22x
    LCD/CRT Model: 2x Samsung S24B300 @ 1920*1080 + 1 Samsung LE40B550 40inch @ 1920*1080
    Case: Antec 1200
    Sound Card: Onboard
    Power Supply: XFX Pro Series 850W Black Edition PSU
    Software: Win 7 64bit


    So naturally I think my weakest points here are the Mobo/CPU (getting old) and possibly the Ram.

    I am thinking of swapping over to an Intel i7 and was looking at something along this lines


    Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VII RANGER, Intel Z97, Socket 1150, Motherboard
    Link: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus...6gb-s-sata-raid-pcie-30-(x16)-d-sub-(vga)-dvi

    CPU: Intel Core i7 4770K Haswell CPU Without Fan Haswell Socket 1150
    Link: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/inte...ghz-39ghz-turbo-1250mhz-gpu-35x-ratio-84w-oem

    Cooler: Corsair H100i
    Link: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/cors...radiator-and-fans-s115x-2011-1366-fm1-fm2-am2


    The CPU I would have prefered to go for a 4790k but I can't seem to find only, one a 4790 (so no unlocked multi if I am correct?)

    Cooler, I need a new one as whilst my H50 is suitable I plan on reusing the old mobo/cpu for a PC for my boys/media centre.

    Any suggestions though, I've always run AMD since now but the prices of Intel are appealing to me. This is about the "MAX" of my budget but I do have some wiggle room.

    Mobo's I am pretty flexible but I would prefer to stick with Asus, they've never steered me down a wrong path and I have only ever had trouble with GB,
     
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    you could get an Z87M Extreme4for a little bit cheaper, but i dont think its enough cheaper. so thats probably a good board for the price you chose there.
    had a bit of a look over at scann for alternataves in that price bracket, but really thats probably the best for the money.
     
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    That's what I was thinking, I'd love to go Sabretooth but I know I can't afford that.

    Is there a 4790k release?
     
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    i dont think the 4790 has a k
    im thinking only the 4770k is the "k" in 4th gen i7..
     
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    Look for Haswell E
     
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    Surely with Haswell E not even out yet I will be way out of my price range here?

    Just found out the 4790K is due out June time. May be worth the month or two wait.
     
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    No, there is a 4790k. It is Devils Canyon. There is also a 4690k, and an unlocked pentium chip also. 4790k will have a base clock of 4.0GHZ and turbo to 4.4GHZ.

    Chips that are to cater to the enthusiast overclock crowd. Improved silicon, improved TIM between the die and IHS, and a few other improvements. These chips are only compatible with Z97, though they are still LGA1150.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/8046/...pentium-leaked-online-i7-4790k-i5-4690k-g3258

    That seems to be the paper launch. Paper launch is June 2nd, and sounds like actual market available to the masses not till September. (rumors)

    I do belive the June paper launch, but having to wait till September for market availability seems to be quite stretch.
     
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    Go for an i7 4790K & Z97 combo. The new Devil's Canyon CPUs are meant to be awesome overclockers, so you'll have plenty of overclocking room. Can I ask what you use your computer for most? If its mainly gaming, you could go for the i5 4690K instead, sell your current GPU, get something like a GTX 770 / R9 280x and a 1440p monitor. A lot of people have recommended the jump to 1440p gaming. But up to you.

    EDIT: I misread the graphics card - an R9 280x is similar to the HD 7970.

    Layton
     
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    Do you know something we all don't? There is no overclocking data released on the chips yet.

    Though I do believe they will overclock better then 4770k/4670k that is for sure. Hell the 4790k turbo's to 4.4GHZ which is already about the average overclock of a 4770k :p
     
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    Thanks guys.

    Layton, I appreciate the comments but I have no plans to sell my 7970 yet...

    As for what I use it for, I do mostly gaming with some editing (video) I am pretty set on an i7 if I am honest.

    Think I'll try to see about a 4790k
     
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    Sorry - I meant to say they are meant to be better overclockers. There's been a number of press releases from various websites, suggesting that the Haswell Refresh will be much better overclockers than the current Haswell processors. I should be more clear in the future :p

    I misread your graphics card for a 7870, which wouldn't cope with 1440p gaming as much. But in that case, I think the upgrade to the i7 would be more useful.

    Layton
     
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    The R9 280X is the exact same card as the HD 7970 and the GTX 770 is a GTX 680 so selling the HD 7970 and getting either of those cards is pointless
     
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    If you read a post I later made, I pointed out that I'd misread the graphics card. But yes, what you're saying is right, and I agree upgrading the 7970 is not worth it.

    Layton
     
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    Upgrade CPU and Mobo now. I don't think upgrading the CPU cooler or RAM would be worth it.
     
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    Cooler would be required as I'll be building another rig with the excess parts, thus moving the cooler over.

    Unless on the other rig I go with air.
     
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    Okay, as the H100i doesn't fit the Antec 1200.

    Suggestions on a new case? I have around £150 to play with.
     
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    Hmmm I was looking at the 750D,

    The 540 air seems a little small (i like roomy cases)
     
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    The NZXT Phantom 530 or 630. The Corsair 750D does look quite good, but not my style of aesthetics. I always hear good reviews about the Fractal Design Define R4, or if you're looking for a roomier case, its bigger brother the Define XL. Perhaps the Bitfenix Shinobi XL or Colossus. Lots to pick from :p

    Layton
     
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    Try to look at the NZXT Switch 810. Just get the gun metal or the matte black, those are fixed with the previous drive caddy issue
     
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    The Fractal Design Define R4 is so beautiful, chose it because optical drives almost always cripple the look of the case.. And there is plenty of room to work with :)
     
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    Okay, so I am set on the following I think.


    Corsair 750D
    Asus ROG Maximus VII Ranger
    Intel 4790K
    Corsair H100i
    4 x Extra Corsair SP120 LED fans.

    Think I got a cooling solution sorted. Let me know what you think. I am mixing the stock H100i (SP120 fans) with a pair of SP120LEDS for a P/P system.

    Cooling

    CPU: 1 x H100i
    Front: 2 x AF140L (Stock case fans)
    Rear: 1 x AF140L (Stock case fans)
    Bottom: 1 x SP120LED (Other fan slot will be used by HDD Caddy)
    Top: 2 x SP120 (Pull Fans for H100i)
    2 x SP120LED (Push fans for H100i)
    1 x SP120LED (Next to Rad on spare mount)
     
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    Okay so just an update... All the upgrade parts have been bought and I have the following


    Corsair 750D
    Intel 4970K
    Asus Z97 Sabertooth Mk1
    Corsair H100i
    Corsair SP120's PWM High Performance x 2 to go with H100i P/P


    to go with the remaining parts which are.... (mainly GPU)

    Sapphire HD 7970 Vapor X 3GB

    What do you guys think or what would you change?
     

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