9 Replies Latest reply on Mar 26, 2015 1:07 PM by RoninEdits

    Recommended system improvements after GTX470 died

    neebster2020 Level 1

      After 4 years of using my system with no major issues and only minor tweaks, I started to get several BSOD errors.  I eventually realised that my ASUS GTX 470 was dead.  This is never a good thing, however I had already been thinking that it was time to investigate some upgrades and I'd very much appreciate the thoughts and wisdom of the forum to work out which path to take.


      As well as editing HD DSLR footage I am now editing 4K footage from the Panasonic GH4.  I also work in After Effects and plan to do more in Cinema 4D.  The PC is also used for Photoshop and graphic design tasks.


      I currently have:


      MB: Asus P6X58D-E

      CPU: Intel Core i7 930 2.8GHz

      CPU FAN: Noctua NH-D14 Dual Radiator CPU Cooler

      RAM: 12GB (6 x 2GB) Corsair Dominator DDR

      Graphics: NOW DEAD BUT DID HAVE - 1.28GB Asus GTX 470 3.3GHz

      Case: Coolermaster ATCS 840


      OS (Win 7 64bit)

      WD Velociraptor




      WD Black




      WD Black



      Project/Source Video

      WD Black



      Media Cache/Page File/Export

      Samsung SSD EVO 840


      Drive Bay (back-up and archive)

      Various bare drives




      4 Bay Silverstone USB3

      4 x 3TB WD Red



      I also have a Samsung EVO 840 250GB drive which I plan to use as the System drive, but I’ve just not gotten around to installing everything on it yet.


      My motherboard has 6 x 3Gb/s and 2 x 6Gb/s SATA ports and has an onboard RAID, using an Intel ICH10R Southbridge controller.  I have a DVD drive using one of the SATA ports.


      So the main questions are:


      Which graphics card should I get to replace the GTX470?

      What other upgrades should I be looking at to improve performance?


      Your feedback would be very much appreciated.