Computer Upgrade

I purchased a new graphics card from MSY on Saturday and decided to install it tonight. I originally planned to put the GIGABYTE GEFORCE GTX1080 G1 GAMING 8GB into a completely new build, but after reviewing the specs, decided not to do a total overhaul just yet.

The GIGABYTE GEFORCE GTX1080 G1 GAMING 8GB is one of the top performing Nvidia GTX1080 graphics cards at the moment, and it works out of the box. Based on user benchmarks I think I'll be very pleased with this upgrade. The GTX1080 is nearly four times more powerful than my AMD HD6970! It uses less power and is completely silent in normal use! Technology has come a long way between the two GPUs!

My current CPU is still acceptable and I could do with some upgrades to tie me over, till I actually need a complete overhaul. My current rig is as follows:

ASUS P8P67 EVO | I5 2500K @ 3.3GHZ | CORSAIR VENGENANCE 2x4GB DDR3 RAM | AMD SAPPHIRE HD6970 4GB | WD CAVIAR BLACK 1x1 TB (SYSTEM) + WD CAVIAR BLACK 4X6 TB | NZXT PHANTOM FULL TOWER | 3X DELL U2311H @ 5760 X 1080 RESOLUTION | CORSAIR PSU 950W | WINDOWS 7 ULTIMATE 64BIT

After the upgrade:

ASUS P8P67 EVO | I5 2500K @ 3.3GHZ | KINGSTON HYPER FURY 2x8GB DDR3 RAM | GIGABYTE GTX 1080 G1 GAMING 8GB | WD CAVIAR BLACK 1x1 TB (SYSTEM) + WD CAVIAR BLACK 4X6 TB | NZXT PHANTOM FULL TOWER | 3X DELL U2311H @ 5760 X 1080 RESOLUTION | CORSAIR PSU 950W | WINDOWS 7 ULTIMATE 64BIT

Considerations

Rather than buy a new monitor to get 2K or 4K resolutions, I'll be setting up 3X DELL U2311H @ 5760 X 1080 resolution. This is only 1/3 the pixel area for 4k, so the GIGABYTE GEFORCE GTX1080 G1 GAMING 8GB should have no problems whatsoever. Dual monitors at 3840 X 1080 resolution is also acceptable for normal PC usage (watching TV and doing work). You could say that the GPU upgrade was completely overkill.

There are two more slots to expand to 32GB RAM (maximum for the motherboard to support).

I'm considering swapping out the system drive for the SAMSUNG 850 EVO 512GB SSD but I would need a clean install of WINDOWS 10 HOME. I think my motherboard will support a SATA connection to the SSD but doesn't support M.2 expansion slots. No need to get the pricier SAMSUNG 960 PRO 256GB SSD.

I also want a new mouse and keyboard but the current devices still work. It's been 10+ years but the old Microsoft keyboard just wont die!

If the prices of CPUs come down following the release of Kaby Lake I may upgrade to quadcore or hexacore. My main usage will be gaming, editing RAW files and geoprocessing. Possibly crunching terrain data and visualisation if I get to it in 2017. Strictly speaking I'll probably game more than other uses but it'll be a high performance machine regardless. The question is whether I would separate file serving duties from high performance usage.

I'm also pretty keen on the ATX mid-towers. The full tower is just too big and heavy (and we don't need so many HDDs anymore). A fully modular PSU is also a good idea (particularly one from EVGA) as the cabling is a nightmare with the Corsair 950W PSU. Having two boxes will mean a new case, of which i have the Fractal R5 Define in mind. Built to be fully modular, discrete and silent. Can be tucked away in a shelf or cabinet.

Pleased to be back in the overclocking jam. I've been away from the scene for too long.




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