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PC Upgrade, hardware experts please have a look
show user profile  br0t

so my four year old machine has reached the end if its lifecycle (at least I have decided so) and I want to do an upgrade. I will take the HDDs, power supply and the graphics card (GTX 560 Ti) from it, rest will be new.

Picked the following parts:

Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-4790
Mainboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer
SSD: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB
Tower: Cooltek Antiphon Black
Memory: Kingston HyperX DIMM 16 GB DDR3-2133 Kit Beast (2x8GB)

Main usage will not be 3D graphics, but I still want to have some power for games and the eventual 3d/2d/video stuff.

Just wanted to make sure I don't buy any bullshit here, as I didn't really take a long time to read back into all the hardware topics again (last time it took me half a year to buy a machine -_-).

So if any of you has some comments ("DONT BUY THIZ IT SUCKS!!11") or tips to the chosen parts I would love to hear them. Otherwise I'll buy in the next days.


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5/29/2014 4:29:18 PM (last edit: 5/29/2014 4:37:51 PM)
show user profile  Sir_Manfred
Looks fine to me.
I would double up the RAM though ;)

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5/29/2014 4:42:37 PM (last edit: 5/29/2014 4:42:37 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
It will be similar to my rig. Looks good to me.

The SSD is fantastic.

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5/29/2014 4:50:01 PM (last edit: 5/29/2014 4:50:01 PM)
show user profile  br0t
The RAM, yeah still thinking about that, its just so expensive, that's why I keep telling me I can upgrade later if needed. Thing is I really dont do any rendering right now, so there is not much need for it.

I am really looking forward to the SSD, as right now I am used to start my machine in the morning, then take a shower and when I come back it finished booting :D

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5/29/2014 4:53:28 PM (last edit: 5/29/2014 4:53:28 PM)
show user profile  soontekk
get a bigger ssd if you can, 250gb wil be full quickly with progs even if you only have a few (max, adobe cc, windows, etc)

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5/29/2014 7:08:45 PM (last edit: 5/29/2014 7:08:45 PM)
show user profile  LionDebt
More RAM is never a bad idea.

As for the SSD... Definitely go big. Standard programs (operating systems, max, photoshop, etc) quickly bloat up a drive and SSD is only advantageous (if I read correctly) if it contains all your files/program files you wish to go fast. Or, for say screen recording video footage etc.

That mobo is nice, wish I had $800 spare to upgrade with :)
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5/29/2014 11:17:28 PM (last edit: 5/29/2014 11:17:28 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
Yup, get as big an SSD as you can afford. I have the 250. With Steam games, Adobe suite and Max, it's pretty full. They live longer if they aren't kept full, apparently.

So worth the money. Windows boots in 10 seconds, Photoshop in just over a second. It was like a new PC.

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5/29/2014 11:36:21 PM (last edit: 5/29/2014 11:36:35 PM)
show user profile  br0t
Hm the SSD is something to consider maybe. Though I would be fine with not having all programs on it. Only stuff I use really often. Btw isnt there like this threshold rule, that you should keep an SSD only filled up to 60% otherwise it will slow down or something?

Thanks for the comments, I feel more confident in my choices now, cheers!

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5/29/2014 11:40:33 PM (last edit: 5/29/2014 11:41:14 PM)
show user profile  Sir_Manfred
Yes the SSD... it is what she said "it is always nicer when it is bigger.".
However. If you already have a disk or two for storage then it is not important. An SSD is best used as the drive you install all your programs and software on. For storage you can always use a regular 7200rpm drive. Though if you make a lot of music with a lot of streaming of a lot of heavy samples then a fast drive is what you want.

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5/30/2014 1:46:25 AM (last edit: 5/30/2014 1:46:25 AM)
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