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Your upgrade parts list is pretty solid!
- Get the newer Asus Z97-Pro instead; Intel and Asus have updated a few things and I would expect it to be a better choice.
- Pick a faster SSD for your boot drive (EVOs benchmark well, but have poor large file write speed). I can recommend both the Samsung Pro 840 256GB and the Seagate 600 240GB. Intel's 730 is even better, but they are pricey.
- Pick a larger HD, 2TB or 3TB. The increase size will benefit speed and give you more grow room. Rotating drives start slowing down when they reach about 50% full. The larger drives also have more platters and heads which give you better speed for Premiere Pro - yes this is true, even though the drive manufacturers claim similar speed for their 1, 2, 3, and 4 TB models .
- A good budget cooler is the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
I would move down to 120gb EVO and run Samsung RAPID which will considerably boost the performance of that drive. And you really don't need all that much space, so 120gb is sufficient for a C drive.
For the rest, what is your budget exactly?
More drives and RAM are always going to help with video editing machines, RAM especially with After Effects, consider moving up to 32 and you will be happier. Also consider a 4 disk system with SSD's for OS, programs, SSD for cache, scratch, and HDD's for the source, project, and export. The most drives you can get to break up I/O the zippier your system will be.
Also, definitely go with i7. The more you can splurge on the processor the better.
Following some extensive web research I ended up with a sort of wish list (above). Ideally I’d like to keep the whole budget sub £1000 (Have an Antec case and an array of spare HDDs as well as the usual add-ons and peripherals such as CD/DVD drive, OEM Win7 Pro, external storage drives and external sound cards and audio mixing desk. Baring in mind my current rig is at least 4-5 years out of date. Anything I do will give me a significant boost in productivity but it’s clearly important that I balance the main components as best I can. Good Mobo, Good processor, good PSU good HDD setup and the biggest bag of RAM I can lay me hands on right now. I also like the sound of having 2 x SSD at 120GB, running 1 for OS and 1 as Cache/Scratch disk.
I think it’s worth pointing out (if not already evident) that I consider myself to be an A/V enthusiast with semi-pro ambitions. I don’t want/need top end power or budget hardware as it would be wasted on my level of experience/capability right now. But an HD render is and HD render now matter how well it’s been edited and that’s the bit I really find painful to sit through right now.
Thanks again for the continued input peeps.. All helping to build confidence in my 2014 shopping list.
Depending on how pressing your need is, my advice would be to wait for Haswell-E coming sometime in the second half of 2014. Having those extra PCI lanes on a z97 (or the rumored z99) motherboard will make you a much happier camper.
I would go with this mobo: Newegg.com - z97 extreme6
Get a 6 core Haswell-E around the 500 dollar USD price point
32 gigs of RAM at 1866
Samsung EVO 120 gb for OS
PNY 240 gb pro for cache (they are having crazy sales on this at Newegg, I saw it for like $120 the other day)
Find a decent RAID card for like 500 or so
Or course this plan is going to cost $2000 USD before you get anything else. But I'm assuming you have a PSU, case, and you mentioned that you have some HDD, and others too.
Thanks again for your input Chase Chick. However, I think I mentioned at the outset that I wanted to try and keep my budget around the £800 ($1350) for the main components upgrade. Primarily mobo and processor. Of course It would be so much easier to just bite the bullet and spend a more realistic £1400 but it's just not possible right now without using a credit card (which ain't my style). And I simply can't wait any longer as my current rig is already overdue a rebuild by about 2 years, partly because of available finances for such things, but mostly because I keep putting off the upgrade because something newer, faster and better value is always just a few months away form release!
Sure, I'd love a super sonic high-end rig but I simply cant justify it (just yet). However, the challenge here is to hit a reasonable step up from my current Intel Core Duo rig with a view to another step up in the next 18 month when more funds will be available. Spec wise, I figured that I should be aiming for something that was pretty darn good back in mid 2013?
OK so I've managed to shave about £250 off my original list prices, which should enable me to get pretty good monitor upgrade. Of course something had to give so there's a few compromises but at my level of experience I doubt I'll notice it. Because I'm not intending to over-clock I didn't go for the K rated processor which saves about £30. Plus I'm assured that the stock processor cooling should be more than adequate to manage the processor temp (I will monitor that). However, I will be replacing old case fans and adding a couple more at the front to be safe. I have effectively halved the original price of the mobo and the graphics card too.
I tried shopping at Ebuyer, Amazon and a few others on Ebay plus I contacted a number of smaller local to suppliers to me (in Yorkshire) but none of them got anywhere close to the customer service help and support I received form the people at RL Supplies [Watford] - Laptop PC & Computer Repairs & Sales which was really what I needed to commit to this re-build and crack on.
Ordered and expecting delivery on Monday 2nd June.
Finalised Shopping List - May 2014
Processor - Intel i7-4770 3.4Ghz quad core cpu - £205 +VAT
Motherboard - Asrock Z97 Pro3 LGA 1150 Full ATX Motherboard - £70 +VAT
Power Supply - Gigabyte Superb 620W Big Fan ATX Power Supply - £46 +VAT
OS Platform - Samsung 120Gb EVO SSD - £55 +VAT File Storage - WD Black 1TB (7200rpm) SATA 6Gb/s 64MB 3.5 inch - £55 +VAT
Graphics Card - GT640 Nvidia 4GB 128bit Low Pro - £70 +VAT
RAM – 16Gig of HyperX (2 x 8GB) FURY Memory Black - £110 +VAT
Firewire - PCI-Express Firewire 2 external & 1 internal port - £8 +VAT
Windows 7Pro OEM
Lacie External DL DVD/CD Burner (Firewire/USB)
Internal LG DVD/CD
4 x HHD (total 3TB)
2 x Acer AL1916W VGA's Monitors
Total £750 including VAT and Delivery
I have the 4770 and it's a great chip no doubt. But for the same price you can get the Haswell refresh 4790 (which wasn't available when I was shopping). I say go for that, and think about bumping up the graphics card a notch. 640 may be lacking.
All done now. Thanks again for all the helpful pointers. Will report back on how it fairs once it's built and tuned