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>I can budget $1000 to $1500 for upgrades
This would be my must have list
Intel i7 3930k CPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116492
CPU Cooler - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
Motherboard - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813121552
32Gig Ram - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231507
A note from Harm on X79 Ram - http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1089842
You do not mention case and power supply, so only for you to look
Full Tower Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225
This case comes with 4 fans, so you do not have to buy any optional case fans
1000w Power Supply - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171056
You are approaching the end of the road with the X59 platform. It still is a very capable platform, but the X79 platform is much better, but also more costly than your budget allows. The 1155 platform would have too many limitations to be a feasible alternative. So what can you do?
- You can overclock the 930 to around 3.6 - 4.0 GHz (free, even though the Intel mobo is not very easy to overclock)
- The video card and memory are great, nothing to change in that area.
- You could add some more disks (can be ported to a new system in the future) to distribute the load better.
- Use the slow Drobo for backups only.
This keeps the cost down and prolongs the longevity of your system. This also gives you some time to save for a new system in the future. A properly tuned and overclocked i7-920 can still hold up reasonably well with current day systems, as my old system demonstrates at rank # 49 in the PPBM5 Benchmark based on total time, and even rank #7 based on RPI (relative performance index).
Upgrading to a new 2011 platform requires a new motherboard, new CPU, new CPU cooler, new memory and possibly a new case, new PSU, new BD or DVD burner, etc, depending on whether you want to dismantle the current system or just add the new system, as I did. You can read about my new system, including all the following pages here: Intro Part 1
Thanks John, sorry for the late reply. I had back after back gigs this weekend I got to shoot with my new XF100!
It looks like upgrading from my 960 to 3930k is right around $1000 with the information you gave. I would hope the rendering performance gains are noticeable, the other benefit would be new hardware on a aging system with hopefully another few years with little to no trouble.
I don't know why I can't seem to wrap my head around the different processors and sockets. I used to be such a PC geek. But the 3930k seems to be the logical upgrade and better bang for the dollar than the Extreme editions.
The current power supply is a Corsair GS600.
I am also thinking about the Fractal Designs case. I am currently out of space for hard drives with my current one.
I'll update when I get going with these upgrades
I think you are "pushing the limit" with a 600w power supply... you may not need 1000w but at least a "gold" rated 850w is what I would use
Use the Power supply calculator http://extreme.outervision.com/index.jsp (the PRO version has more options) to determine your power supply needs
The case I linked to is very highly rated
Thanks for your reply Harm, I believe John's list for the basic parts above are right around $1000. Before I bite the bullet, I'll get a new cooler and powers supply and play with over clocking. I have the Intel Extreme board that should allow overclocking that's not too difficult. Let me know if I am missing anything about the upgrade costs.
I'll also follow up with your hard drive remomendations. I currently with my project files and my raw video on my D: drive and write all renders to the E. My cache files are currently setup with the Premiere defaults to my SSD Raid-0 C drive. I am thinking about adding another SSD to write those to, but I currently seem to be doing well space-wise with all that on C. My Drobo is just used for my photography business and no video is written to or read from it. I move finished project files to other external drives when finished.
I'll do some reading up on OC, but I think I'll eventually start upgrading.