I say go for it. You might be able to find a good deal on the hardware swap reddit.
If it's specifically for my case, I already have a GTX 980 and it's all the GPU I need for now.
This should work: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/3mPzK8/asrock-motherboard-h97anniversary
60 bucks, generally positive reviews. Though with the H series mobos, RAM speeds above 1600mhz are not officially supported. Bear that in mind.
If you want something with more features (M2 slot, 2 PCIe16 slots, overclocked RAM ETC) get this: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/bzbp99/asrock-motherboard-z97pro4
i5k would be almost unquestionably better for DX11 gaming. But games are starting to get more multi-threaded...
I'm a bit biased, because I do a lot of video editing I tend to err on the side of more threads. Because it's not overclockable you can actually get a much cheaper mobo.
I'll simplify my response: Already have the Z97 mobo? Go with the i5k and overclock the mess out of it.
Haven't bought the mobo yet? Get a cheap H series and go with the Xeon for multitasking.
I mean, if you upgrade it wont that be close to 300 dollars anyway? That was just an example, there are a lot of gems to discover on ebay if you have the patience. IMHO I'm not 100% sold on the plenty of upgrade room idea unless you're going to be getting a financial windfall in the near future. It really depends on whether you want a good PC now or sometime in the future, and if you do want one in the future, why not just save up for the one you want?
Mobo seems like overkill. Unless you want it just for the cool factor (A perfectly valid reason) you could go with something a little lower end. Just for example: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/MmkwrH/asus-motherboard-h110ma Save you close to 60 bucks.
I don't want to sound like a broken record, but at around 200 dollars you are way better off buying used: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Cooler-Master-6RISzq1-Cosmos-S-Custom-PC-Core-i5-2500K-3-3GHz-16GB-PNY-GTS-250-/112042948070
Look around ebay with the search term "i5 custom" or "i5 refurbished" in the desktop section and you will get way better bang for your buck than buying new.
At your price range, the smarter choice may be buying used. Take a look on ebay, there are a ton of older systems with i5s and i7s going for an absolutely tiny cost: http://www.ebay.com/sch/Desktops-All-In-Ones/171957/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=i5+custom&rt=nc&LH_BIN=1
Go back a few generations and get an i5-2400? http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_sacat=0&_nkw=i5+2400&rt=nc&LH_BIN=1
What kind of CAD? From my experience AutoCAD is almost completely reliant on single core speed CPU, IE i5k. But if it's something more demanding like navisworks then the i7 is better. Soooo, what's the program?
I respectfully disagree, the RX 480 would be better if he was just gaming, but using a GTX card gives you access to the shadowplay feature which is extremely useful for recording with no performance loss.
Mushkin is a pretty decent brand for SSD's. I've used a lot of them for work builds and haven't had an issue yet (Your mileage may vary). http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16820226791
Doesn't come with any of the bells and whistles of the Samsung SSD, just a drive in a case.
Looks good to me, the one thing I find a bit sketch is the lack of a large hard drive. No way are you recording to a 240gb drive. I assume you already have a hard drive for mass storage?
If not these are some cheap options:
+1 Somehow the messy cable management only makes it look more badass. Like electrical equipment out of a sci-fi movie.
That is an overall sweet build! Though I will cast my lot in with the people who say the PSU is gonna blow up one day LOL.
+1 For unleashing the kraken cable management.
Build gets +1 for conspicuous tissues.
Nobody has gotten the stock card to 1.5Ghz, thermal/power caps at around 1.3ghz. rumors are the aftermarket variant from the AIB partners might reach 1.6GHZ, but ATM that's just a rumor. Wait for aftermarket cards with more power connections and better cooling, 6+6 pin, 8 pin etc.
Edit: Also, I really don't think the 7970 is going for $400 these days... Ebay seems to have them for around $150.
+1 for being a cool dad. Although... you really should have let the spoiled child put the rig together, it builds life skills. ;)
+1 Would love to know if this beast gets 60 FPS at 4K! Even if it's not at max settings.
If you're open to suggestions on upgrading, definitely consider getting a G-sync monitor because that will smooth out the frame drops at 4K.
Antec is a great brand, but 380w is still really low.
450watt antec? https://pcpartpicker.com/product/MnR48d/antec-power-supply-vp450
Well it's coming out on the 29th, so you'll have to wait a whopping 2 days.
Obviously look at reviews/benchmarks before buying anything, but from leaks it sits somewhere between the 970 and 980.
I really like your list as it gives a good amount of upgradability, but I think the 380W PSU really limits its potential. For like a dollar more you can get an EVGA 500W PSU: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/zNK7YJ/evga-power-supply-100b10500kr
This is an excellent topic on the subject: https://pcpartpicker.com/forums/topic/161759-why-the-rx-480-wont-use-as-much-power-as-the-gtx-1070
Wattage? The RX480 is a 150W Max TPD(one 6 pin), GTX 960 is 120W(one 6 pin). Recommended PSU for the 960 is 400 Watt. You have a 430 watt, that should make up the difference.
Your choice regardless, but I think the RX is going to be a lot more efficient than you expect.
As you can see from this benchmark: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rutk9ErhKG4
Witcher 3, at least, is not heavily dependant on CPU power except when in a heavily populated town.
Short answer: YES. You should be able to get 60 FPS at 1080p with this combo. But depending on the game, getting that at max settings is not guaranteed. It's heavily dependent on if the game is optimized for AMD graphics and single core performance.
I have an alternative for you: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/kfrcCJ/amd-cpu-fd832ewmhkbox
Get a good aftermarket cooler and OC that sumbitch and you will have a very good 8 core CPU. Caveat: AMD processors have much worse single thread performance than intel. In gaming terms you will be getting a lower average FPS but it will be much more stable than the i3 because of the extra cores. Here are some benchmarks for the 8320E running at 4.6GHz: http://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/amd-fx-8320e-processor-review,19.html
Oh snap, missed that part. XD Nevermind what I said then, a 750ti should be plenty considering the limitations of the CPU.
Sony Vegas can take advantage of GPU acceleration, so if that's what you're going to use you would likely see a big benefit from a discrete GPU. If you're already familiar with OBS then you should be good with either AMD or Nvidia cards. RX400 series will likely give the best price to performance when it comes out.
Modifications? Games like Skyrim allow you to customized it with user made content packs. Example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6yHoSvrTss
The more extra **** you have in the game the more memory it uses.
Longevity, as the years go on, even at 1080P at max settings games eat up more and more VRAM. Used to be 2GB was plenty, now 4GB is required for AAA gaming. In a couple of years I'm sure 8gb will be what people say you need. Plus, it gives you the option of upgrading to a 1440P monitor in the future.
Overall I think the 30-ish extra bucks for 8GB wont be missed if it's a card you plan on using for a long time.
Depends on what your video editing software is. SOME programs can make use of the GPU to really cut down on render time, but others are CPU bound. What editor are you using?
You may want to go ahead and just get a cheap GPU. Either like a 750 TI or GTX 950, or RX 460-470. RX 460 isn't out yet (Released on the 29th?) but would probably be what you want, since it's an "e-sports" card meant to run dota, LoL, WoW, and CS GO at over 60+ FPS at 1080p. Should be 100 USD, or around 80-somthing of your British pounds.
Edit: One thing to note is that if you're planning on recording gameplay it may be worth getting an nvidia card as shadowplay is a very good, easy way to record your gameplay without having to learn the ins and outs of a program like OBS.
This is a simple hardware swap. There should be plenty of guides out there for how to upgrade your mobo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZn_hSlT0zk
Depends on what part of PC building you like. I obsess over stat comparison and number crunching, so I get my PC fix by, well, reading builds on here.
Sounds OOOLLLDDD. If it's a system that started with Win XP I think you would be better served with a completely fresh build. Also: Second vinyl on the "what are the current specs". Can't tell you definitively without them, but like I said, if it's windows XP old it's time for a fresh build because the mobo will likely be so old that decent upgrades wont be compatible.
Second: BUDGET. Is it a concern? I'm assuming you don't need a top of the line PC, but even a decent starter rig will cost around 400-500.
Third: Operating system. Microsoft support for XP is going to die very soon, you need to jump that ship ASAP.
Upgrade, but use the money for 1 powerful card as opposed to 2 weaker cards in SLI. Multi GPU scaling is pretty bad right now. I think you'd be better served buying a 1070.
I don't think you need a new PC, the i7, RAM and PSU all seem great. Oh! and keep one of those 750 Ti's around, like someone else mentioned, you can use that extra GPU just for physX. Offloads work from both your primary GPU and CPU. You have to go into your Geforce settings to set it up though.
My god that looks amazing! +1 Using a glowing ring fan for the CPU cooler is probably one of the neatest setups I've ever seen.
"ASUS Geforce GTX 960 4GB"
I've said this multiple times now but it bears repeating. Unless you want it for something like shadowplay it might make more sense to spend that money on an RX470-480. With an RX you're likely to get over GTX 970 performance for ~$200, which is a big step up from the 960.
I mean, if you insist on team green, there's always the chance that the polaris series will cause previous gen card prices to tank hard and you can pick up an even better 900 series card than the 960. 970 is already around $260-ish.
Very interesting build! For some reason, I always seem to like the more unique cheap builds more than the hyper expensive 2000+ overkill gaming rigs... Mostly because when you're getting top of the line stuff it's always the same thing (GTX 1080, i7-6XXX etc).
My one suggestion is that you wait for AMD's new lineup to come out before purchasing a GPU. It's likely that an RX 460-470 will give way better performance for around the same cost of a 750 ti.
Wow! This is nearly a part-for-part duplicate of my first build! My case and PSU were crappier though (Bad move).
+1 Because great minds think alike?
+1 For lego headphone stand and book monitor stand.
What GPU are you using?
+1 For kitty cat
I like the build, but could you give use what price you got it for? I mean, by my estimation you must have saved a good bit of money by using old parts. I wouldn't count parts you had lying around from previous builds in the total cost of a new one.
+1 That is one powerful shoebox. And a 980ti AIO is a steal for that price, even with with the um... "Release" of the 1080/1070.
Great build! Hope it lasts you a while ;)
NICE SPARE PARTS BUILD +1
BUT YOU REALLY SHOULD NOT HAVE SKIMPED ON THE CAPS BUTTON, THERE IS A WHOLE OTHER WORLD FOR YOU EXPLORE CALLED "lower key typing".
YEH, ME NEITHER!
OpenGL should work for almost everything right?
Also: I think it might be a 2D animation program based off of the tablet. Though I know very little about 3D animation. Played around in Blender but a mouse and keyboard is just fine for that.
+1 for making the jump back to desktop. Once you're here, you will never want to go back. Admittedly I'm much more into gaming, so the laptop was quite frustrating. But I still would never go back considering how a 500 dollar desktop will beat the crap out of anything but a top of the line 2000+ dollar gaming laptop.
I believe that now you have the capacity for gaming, you might start getting more into it. Maybe. Anyway, if you wanted a really cheap GPU upgrade the RX 470 and 460 will be coming out soon.
Doctor Frankenstein, I'm afraid you've created a monster. :V That is an absolutely insane amount to spend on disappointment >.>
Oh my god, that case is a fossil. Awesome! Love seeing old hardware on here, it's like a portal back in time. You definitely get my +1 for having a unique build. IMHO if you want to upgrade your GPU on the cheap you could probably get the RX 480 coming out at the end of the month.
I've got one as well! It also does quite well... after I figured out it was thermally throttling because my case wasn't getting enough air XD That was not fun!