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 02/12/2014 11:39 PM
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Hello AMD peeps!

I am not a gamer, nor do I overClock, but i DO use Pinnacle Studio 15 HD Ultimate, and Photoshop CS5 (3D) Not professional, just for family and friends, and burn the output to MPEG2. So I am not looking to spend thousands of dollars, I need to replace my current:

        MSI P-35 mobo,DDR2-8GB,Geforce 8600GT, 128 bit 512MB, 700w           Thermaltake PSU, and Intel Q6600 2.4 Quad CPU. people are now telling me that the 700W PSU was an overkill from the beginning and now all I really need a 550W.  I also have a 20" Viewsonic 1280x960, and some folks tell me to replace this with an HD 24" ACER GD235HZ, 1280x1080, for video playback, but again, I am not a professional that really needs to see video color and output for clients I'll never a little more money by keeping my monitor.

I was going to upgrade my 7 year old desktop PC with the following:

Z87-G43  LGA1150 Mobo / i5 4670K/ PC DDR3 1600 16 GB / 16GB DDR3 / GPU- Geforce GTX--650 / and keep my 700W..and hope for the best! ...

 ...But after talking to Micro Center, the guy tells me to get this instead:

GPU- R9260 AMD / ASUS X79 LGA 2011 Quad channel is faster than dual / 4th GEN. i7 4820K / Zalman 9000 CPU heatsink cooler, or Zalman CNPS9500A LED Universal CPU Cooler / Two SSD's, one 120GB for SCRATCH DISKS,, and the second for PRIMARY (APPS) and use my regular WD 500GB, and 2TB HD'S for storage / and Over Clock the Bios, not motherboard.

I also have my original Coolermaster 690 case, and all the five internal case fans. he said that a 7 year old PSU may fail, so get a new one. 

I never had a solid state drive, so I don't know what he meant by installing a SCRATCH DRIVE, and a PRIMARY DRIVE, (don't think he meant to partition)

Video Files eat up alot of hard drive space and Photoshop utilizes tons of scratch disc space, so maybe that's why he told me to get the two SS'Ds.

He added, this system should last far longer than my seven year build. Plenty of room to upgrade in the future.

Would the AMD R900 series at almost $330.00, be better than the R700 series?  maybe I can find it cheaper elsewhere.


Thank you for any suggestions, whether this seems like a solid build, or overkill?

 02/14/2014 05:58 AM
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If not a gamer, then LGA 2011 motherboard is overkill.

Get a mainstream motherboard with HDMI and a i7-4770 non-k with Intel HD Graphics 4600.




i7-2600K - Asrock Z77 WS - 16GB Corsair -Gigabyte R9 290 Windforce x3 - 120GB Intel SSD - 4x1TB WD Black - 2x2TB Samsung

 02/14/2014 01:17 PM
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Thanks for the reply!

 Are you talking about using ONLY the INTEL's HD 4600 that's on the i7? With video editing, PINNACLE STUDIO 15HD and using PHOTOSHOP CS5, with 3D, will that be sufficient enough to do 3D and HD Rendering?

Today's Fry's ad has the R7 260X 2GB 128 Bit GDDR5 card on sale for $125.00. Is this something that will improve graphics and rendering?

So by getting the ASUS or MSI Z87-G43 (OR 45) and a good GPU, along with an i7 4770 (I do not overclock, so maybe the locked version without the K) would be cheaper yet.

Bottom line: Do I really need a dedicated GPU, or is the i7 with integrated 4600 HD Graphics do the trick?  Thank you!

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