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I just hit a physical limit with my current build and need to invest in a new cpu, mb and memory. I currently have an i7 920 on an x58 mb and 6gb of memory, but I am starting to develop some vr applications for some research I am working on. Since my system specs cannot cut it for the oculus rift, I am looking to upgrade. I have not been keeping up on much more than graphics cards so i am trying to figure out the best platform and processor to go forward with. Im in between the lga 1151, 2066, or the AM4 and I'm hoping to spend around $600 for the 3 componants. So for vr applications, some solidworks, and a bit of gaming, what is reccomended?

 

Any advice would be helpful since I'm finding many if the reviews I am reading are from fanbois and I can't filter out the bias.

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The best bang for buck these days is the 8 core Ryzen lineup, especially if you're doing anything that threads well (does your VR work require compiling?).

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It does not require compiling at the moment, but it will in the future. I'll be working on a grant that hopefully should open up a few more doors, but there is no guarantee at the moment. Therefore I am hoping to put something together that can do everything I need (within reason).

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Best bang for buck imo is buying a used 4770k. AM4 is the most future proof, as amd keeps their sockets quite a while longer than intel

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Yes, I noticed that with my last Intel build that I could not upgrade due to the change in slot. Looks like I'll be leaning towards the am4 then. Any recommendations on a solid mb around the 200 USD range?

 

(That is for the advice by the way)

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No reason to blow $200+ on a motherboard for a Ryzen chip unless you're going to try and overclock like crazy (and they all top out at ~4 GHz anyway): https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813145009

 

It comes with a free case too, at least today it does. :)

EDIT: Cheap but fast memory: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16820313777

 

That puts you at well under $600 even if you buy the 8 core Ryzen 7 1700: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113428

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What Motherboard do you have?  The cheapest upgrade for you might just be picking up a 6 core X58 Xeon chip and overclock it to 4.0-4.4ghz - X5650, X5660, X5670, X5675, etc...

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Thanks for all the advice. I have a gigabyte ud5(i forgett the rest of part numbers). I actually looked into the Xeon on the board, but I decided that I would do a bit of an overall upgrade (while my wife allows it). Im about 3-4 weeks out so I'll keep an eye on the prices.

 

 

 

Thanks again

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