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Ditiris
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Upgrade recommendations?

Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:47 pm

I've got that five-year itch and am hoping for some upgrade recommendations. Currently I have a 3570K overclocked to 4.5GHz, 32GB RAM, GTX 1080, and 2 SATA SSDs. I run Windows 10 for games (not incredibly stressful - Civ VI, Ashes of the Singularity, Diablo III) and a CentOS VM for FPGA/software development.

I'm currently thinking...
8700K overclocked
32GB DDR4 3200 CL14
Samsung 960 EVO 500GB
Motherboard - ???

Thoughts/recommendations?
 
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Re: Upgrade recommendations?

Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:58 pm

Would you actually notice an upgrade if you had 20% more clockspeed or 50% more cores? My workloads and rig are about the same and I don't think new tech is advanced enough to warrant all the money on internal upgrades. An NVMe SSD would be cool but I make do. RAM and GPU prices are sky high and SSDs finally started dropping in price recently. I'd wait a little longer.

On the other hand, what's your monitor setup? Five years may not have benefitted CPUs that much, but good panels are plentiful, bigger, and cheaper these days. Your 1080 can drive a lot of pixels :)
 
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Re: Upgrade recommendations?

Thu Mar 22, 2018 2:05 pm

DDR4 memory prices are discouraging.
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Re: Upgrade recommendations?

Thu Mar 22, 2018 2:26 pm

Duct Tape Dude wrote:
Would you actually notice an upgrade if you had 20% more clockspeed or 50% more cores?

Games? No. FPGA builds, yes, the builds scale pretty well with clock speed. Software compilation, yes, scales pretty well with clock speed and cores.

Duct Tape Dude wrote:
RAM prices are sky high

RAM prices are atrocious.

Duct Tape Dude wrote:
I'd wait a little longer.

=(

Duct Tape Dude wrote:
On the other hand, what's your monitor setup? Five years may not have benefitted CPUs that much, but good panels are plentiful, bigger, and cheaper these days. Your 1080 can drive a lot of pixels :)

I have multiple 4k displays =)
 
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Re: Upgrade recommendations?

Thu Mar 22, 2018 2:31 pm

JustAnEngineer wrote:
DDR4 memory prices are discouraging.

I still can't get over the DDR4 cost compared to the 8700K - it's maddening.
 
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Re: Upgrade recommendations?

Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:22 pm

Ditiris wrote:
JustAnEngineer wrote:
DDR4 memory prices are discouraging.

I still can't get over the DDR4 cost compared to the 8700K - it's maddening.


This will be covered to death, BUT, you've got 32GB of working RAM that you want to replace? Hard to do better with your CPU socket and existing RAM, except for a 3770K, which still fetch ~$200 on ebay. I'm finding ways to keep Sandy and Ivy Bridge servers alive, mainly b/c I have so much unbuffered ECC DDR3-1600.

But if you've got to have a new CPU, you've got to have new RAM. I would say it's a terrible time to buy DDR4, but if it's more expensive down the road, that may not be true.
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Re: Upgrade recommendations?

Thu Mar 22, 2018 6:23 pm

Ditiris wrote:
JustAnEngineer wrote:
DDR4 memory prices are discouraging.

I still can't get over the DDR4 cost compared to the 8700K - it's maddening.


-it's artificially inflated - almost double. :x


PLUS you are looking for very specialized memory with low latency AND high freq.. - you are always going to pay a significant premium for that. :oops:

(..and it probably isn't worth the added cost.)

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