Actually you have a X79-UD5 with a OC'd 6-core! An oldie, but a goodie . I was thinking how did a Z79 (4-core) do so well on PPBM5, and went to the PPBM5 site which shows your 17th place specs.
If you are using Premiere Pro CC, then do take note that the newer and newer versions seem to be tapping the use of video cards more and more.
I would suggest that you select one of Nvidia's GTX 900 series cards. The 970 is a very solid performing card, but I think in your situation I would choose a 980 model and NOT replace it when you build your next system. I think that the 3x displayport ports (on EVGA models anyway) will be more "future proof" than the connectors they selected for the GTX 970 models.
I know very little about how a GTX 960 would perform, but it would probably buy you the next 1.5 years if you're really bent on building an "all new" system down the road.
Thanks Jim, and sorry about the MB mistake. I have been looking at specs since I posted, and liking the 900 series cards. It actually surprised me how much difference there is in performance between my 570, and a 970! I had been thinking in terms of stopgap, but like you say, I could put the 570 back in to the current system, and move a 980 to the next build. Thanks for your help.
I'm homing in the Gigabyte GV-N970WF3OC-4GD GTX970 4G OC Winforce 3X, because its bang for buck advantage over the GTX980. My concern now is that will have to update the MB firmware, which I am nervous about because last time I tried to update the MB firmware, I could no longer boot to my C: drive, which has a pair of 256Gb SSD in a raid0.
Ahhhh, someone else pushing the envelope on speed! I too love the performance that a RAID 0 SSD C: drive provides .
I see how you could be gun-shy on the firmware upgrade after being bit before. I would suggest:
- take photos of all your bios settings
- upgrade the bios
- make sure you go into the bios settings and correct any defaults that would have prevented your 2x RAID 0 boot array from working before the system ever boots into Windows
- boot into Windows
- upgrade to the latest NVidia GTX drivers (should be the same driver for your current and future card)
- turn off, change GPU cards, reboot
BTW, my security blanket for using a RAID 0 boot array includes using StorageCraft ShadowProtect to make a backup of my RAID array so that if I ever have a failure I can restore my system in short order. ShadowProtect is not the most popular drive imaging program, but I love it because it can backup a RAID 0 boot drive, restore it to a single drive (for example if you ever needed to RMA any drive that has issues in the RAID 0 set), and then later cut back over to a RAID array. They do this by some technology that allows revising how Windows boots; it is not a pure "imaging" software in that regard and I think it is even better. I can personally attest to having this work great when I had a 10K Raptor drive in a RAID 0 many years ago that started throwing SMART errors. I never lost any data and was able to cut temporarily over to a single larger HD for a few weeks while the WD Raptor drive was RMA'd.
I don't know about you, but reloading a system is painful and if you don't have an image to restore you have to load lots of software, change lots of settings, and dink with hassles like proving to Adobe that they need to give you another license because one of yours was activated on a system that is no more!
End of sales pitch, and good luck with your upgrade!
Thanks Jim. I run Shadow Protect, and it has saved me grief twice now.