I built my current 1366 build towards the end of 2008. It has been pretty rock solid and I have no real reason to upgrade. At work, a buddy of mine was looking into building his first system. As I was talking to him, he was willing to purchase some of my used parts for a few hundred bucks. Long story short, I'm looking to upgrade to an Ivy Bridge processor when it comes out. My uncle is the financial manager for Intel, and so I can get a sweet deal on an Ivy Bridge when it comes out. I know most of this is going to be theoretical because Ivy Bridge hasn't come out yet, but I think it would be fun to start exploring some options. I would like to get a new Motherboard, and RAM (and obviously a processor, but that's not really what I need help with). In addition, I think that this thread could be a resource for those in similar situations.
I do some occasional gaming with this rig. But its mainly Starcraft 2 and League of Legends, so nothing too intense. I've got a GTX 265, and I think that is fine. Mostly, this computer is used for media production. Mostly audio production, but I do a fair amount of HD video editing.
First, what parts can be recycled? In my case, I will be upgrading from a 1366 motherboard to a 1155 motherboard. Obviously I can use the same case, CD drives, PSU, HDDs, cables and so forth. I guess my real question is can I use the same RAM? X58 motherboards use triple channel memory, and 1155 uses dual channel RAM. Does this mean that the RAM isn't compatible? They are both DDR3 240 pin. I will be upgrading RAM either way, so it doesn't make a huge difference. I need a ton of RAM, and I was thinking about getting this kit:
http://www.newegg.co...&SecondSearch=1 Comments, Suggestions?
Second, what are your recommendations for a Motherboard? I was thinking the ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3. I really like the idea of having built in bluetooth, and I need the 8 SATA ports. Plus, it seems like a solid board for overclocking.
Any additional information I should know?
In addition, I am looking to get a new case. I like the looks of the HAF X: http://www.newegg.co...82E16811119225. Any thoughts on this case?
Thanks in advance.
First of all, please state your budget, current rig and if you live outside NA, state the website of your preferred store if any.
Ivy Bridge will be released in the 29th while the Z77 boards will be released by this Sunday. Until then, you wouldn't know the exact performance of the Z77 boards + an IB CPU (although there are leaked reviews already)
In terms of gaming, I think your GTX 275 should suffice for now but there really isn't any harm in upgrading either (except maybe to your wallet
Point is, if you're not thinking of gaming at the highest settings and graphic intense games, you could still use your GTX275 for now and upgrade when you want to step up your gaming habits.
Also, what software do you use for Video editing? This way we'd know what kind of GPU that will suite you nicely
Please state what is your current Rig so that we may help you find the parts that could be recycled.
As for the triple channel memory, yes IB doesn't support triple channel and you'd better off getting a dual channel kit instead. It's not that it wouldn't work. It may work but surely not on an optimum level.
Since you are looking for an IB setup, I think it's wise to wait for the Z77 boards. They're similar to current Z68 boards but with added feature and full IB support. Plus it should lead to price drops in the Z68 lineup should you not need the extra features of the Z77 boards.
The ASUS P8 series are great boards. I myself used to own the same type and it was a solid board with great price and great OC ability. I imagine the P8Z77 series would follow suit. Also the ASUS AI Suite utility is just a pleasure tool to use. It's capable of OCing your CPU by itself without any specific inputs from you and really helps you a lot should you want to tweak from Windows.
For the case, I must say that you're one of the few that actually 'Likes' the looks of the HAF X. Most of us either Hate the looks or just plain 'meh', and I'm one of those. What I love about the HAF X is the superb airflow. It's by far the best case I've ever used in terms of airflow and I'm sure I'm not the only one. The only drawback is really it's looks but since you like it, it would definitely suit you well.
Again, please state your current rig and all the other things I mentioned above so that we can help you more