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UPGRADE 2009 PC - what can be salvaged?

Hello folks, i have recently bought a EVGA 780 SC for my 2009 PC.
i work with 3d application for modelling and sculpting and while the graphic card makes everything slik and fast in viewport i feel that the CPU is slowing it all down. I also game.

here is my rig:

CPU: Intel Core i7 920 D0 BOX, Quad Core, 2.66 GHz, ...
CU: Noctua CPU-Cooler NH-U12P SE2 - Sockel 1366/1156
MOBO: AsRock X58 Extreme, Intel X58, LGA1366, SLI, CFX
RAM: GeIL EVO ONE 6x2GB Kit, DDR3-1600, CL7-7-7-24@1...
SSD: OCZ SSD Vertex 2 Extended Cap. 120GB, SATA-II, ...
HDD: WD VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS, 10'000rpm, 16MB, 30...
HDD: Samsung HD103SJ, F3, 7200rpm, 32MB, 1TB, SATA-II
DVD: LG GH22NS, 22x DVD±R Brenner, SATA, schwarz
PSU: Corsair CMPSU-850HX, 850W, SLI/CF, ATX2.2/EPS
Case: Cooler Master RC-690-KKN1-GP, inkl. Mesh-Gitter...
GPU: MSI GTX-275 Lightning (GT200b) 1792MB GDDR3, 55...
GPU: EVGA GTX780 SC

Now id like to ask if this is a good time to upgrade CPU/MOBO/RAM or is there something that will be a big improvement coming out anytime soon? ideas?

I am aware that i would probably have to change mobo/SSD/ram but what could be salvaged of the actual build?

thx n cheers!
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  1. Best answer
    HDDs and SSD reuse them as backup or secondary drives.

    You could create a new system and then on the old SSD put linux on it. Then you can dual boot depending on your mood.

    The case is reusable, assuming you still like it. the DVD Drive is still useful.

    Sell the rest on ebay or similar site.
  2. Upgrade your boar to an z97 skt 1150 and an Xeon processor.
    If you can wait to will be able to buy and skylake processor, and there you will have new mobo and new faster ram (dont know if ddr4).
  3. Hello,

    If you can wait, let Intel releases the new Skylake/Broadwell CPUs (Q3/Q4 2015).

    If you cannot wait, go for the i7-4790K, its single core performance is still the best (50%-150% more performance as opposed with i7-920, depending on the workload).

    Or, you can overclock your CPU (your cooler is good, just change the thermal compound with a better one), it should not have any problems hitting 3/3,2GHz.

    You can also get a decent performance boost if you can find a decently-priced used i7-970/980 (3,2/3,33 GHz 6-core CPUs); unlikely, but it's worth a shot (with a new system, you will need to reinstall Windows and all the software).
  4. mhm, if new processors are coming, probably the best option is to wait for them and buy a new mobo, cpu, a more spacey ssd and ram.everything basically. I guess i could basically make a new pc and re assemble the actual one with the old graphic card and a weaker PSU and basically "give it to my parents" or the alikes
  5. basically i was thinking to buy a newer SSD because i was running out of space but my MOBO is limited to sata2, so i dont think it makes sense to buy one of the newest SSDs that write/read at around 550mbps as it would be bottlenecked anyway... and if i have to change mobo i might aswell pugrade ram and processor anyway
  6. Giving it to your parents is an excellent idea when the time comes.
  7. noktek said:
    Hello folks, i have recently bought a EVGA 780 SC for my 2009 PC.
    i work with 3d application for modelling and sculpting and while the graphic card makes everything slik and fast in viewport i feel that the CPU is slowing it all down. I also game.

    here is my rig:

    CPU: Intel Core i7 920 D0 BOX, Quad Core, 2.66 GHz, ...
    CU: Noctua CPU-Cooler NH-U12P SE2 - Sockel 1366/1156
    MOBO: AsRock X58 Extreme, Intel X58, LGA1366, SLI, CFX
    RAM: GeIL EVO ONE 6x2GB Kit, DDR3-1600, CL7-7-7-24@1...
    SSD: OCZ SSD Vertex 2 Extended Cap. 120GB, SATA-II, ...
    HDD: WD VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS, 10'000rpm, 16MB, 30...
    HDD: Samsung HD103SJ, F3, 7200rpm, 32MB, 1TB, SATA-II
    DVD: LG GH22NS, 22x DVD±R Brenner, SATA, schwarz
    PSU: Corsair CMPSU-850HX, 850W, SLI/CF, ATX2.2/EPS
    Case: Cooler Master RC-690-KKN1-GP, inkl. Mesh-Gitter...
    GPU: MSI GTX-275 Lightning (GT200b) 1792MB GDDR3, 55...
    GPU: EVGA GTX780 SC

    Now id like to ask if this is a good time to upgrade CPU/MOBO/RAM or is there something that will be a big improvement coming out anytime soon? ideas?

    I am aware that i would probably have to change mobo/SSD/ram but what could be salvaged of the actual build?

    thx n cheers!


    noktek,

    Much depends on your performance expectations, if you're using multi-threaded applications such as rendering that can benefit from multiple cores, the budget, and how long you'd like to use the system.

    1. As the ASRock X58 Extreme has a good configuration of slots and can run the 1600 OC DDR3- RAM, the GPU is excellent and Disks are very good, the most economical and time-effiecient upgrade would be to buy an i7-980 (4-core at 3.33 /3.6GHz):

    http://ark.intel.com/products/58664/Intel-Core-i7-980-Processor-12M-Cache-3_33-GHz-4_8-GTs-Intel-QPI

    Intel Core i7-980 3.33GHZ Socket B LGA1366 6-Core Desktop CPU Processor SLBYU > sold for $150

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Intel-Core-i7-980-3-33GHZ-Socket-B-LGA1366-6-Core-Desktop-CPU-Processor-SLBYU-/131487222370?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1e9d3fca62&nma=true&si=hEHfF94yDr5Mxq46D6x1KLflYgs%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

    > and then improve the 3GB/s disk system with a 6GB/s PCIe RAID controller:

    LSI MegaRAID SATA/SAS 9260-4i 6Gb/s PCI-Express 2.0 RAID w/ 512MB memory > sold for $42

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/LSI-MegaRAID-SATA-SAS-9260-4i-6Gb-s-PCI-Express-2-0-RAID-w-512MB-memory-/121640831580?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c525bca5c&nma=true&si=hEHfF94yDr5Mxq46D6x1KLflYgs%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

    I think the faster CPU and disk system could release more of the potential of the EVGA GTX780 SC and for $200 could be useful for a couple more years and the system only need be out of use a couple of hours.

    2. However, if you are running renderings, I'd say consider an LGA2011-3 and I7 5820K or 5930 or Xeon E5-1600 series 6-core CPU, motherboard, DDR4 RAM, but costs will be more in the $1,000 range and of course more time.

    Cheers,

    BamibBoom

    HP z420 (2015) > Xeon E5-1660 v2 six-core @ 3.7 /4.0GHz > 16GB DDR3 ECC 1866 RAM > Quadro K2200 (4GB) > Intel 730 480GB (9SSDSC2BP480G4R5) > Western Digital Black WD1003FZEX 1TB> M-Audio 192 sound card > Logitech z2300 > Linksys AE3000 USB WiFi > 2X Dell Ultrasharp U2715H (2560 X 1440) > Windows 7 Professional 64
    [ Passmark Rating = 4918 > CPU= 13941 / 2D= 823 / 3D=3464 / Mem= 2669 / Disk= 4764]

    Pending upgrade: HP /LSI 9212-4i PCIe SAS /SATA HBA RAID controller, 2X Seagate Constellation ES.3 1TB (RAID 1)

    Dell Precision T5500 (2011) > Xeon X5680 six -core @ 3.33 / 3.6GHz, 24GB DDR3 ECC 1333 > Quadro 4000 (2GB ) > Samsung 840 250GB / WD RE4 Enterprise 1TB > M-Audio 192 sound card > Linksys WMP600N PCI WiFi > Windows 7 Professional 64> HP 2711x (1920 X 1080)
    [ Passmark system rating = 3339 / CPU = 9347 / 2D= 684 / 3D= 2030 / Mem= 1871 / Disk= 2234]
  8. thanks all for the excellent insights! i think what is probably best is waiting skylake and build a "newish" rig around it, leaving sort of a skeleton rig behind that can be used for "housewife" things :) i really feel i need more ram as 12gb arent enough for the stuff i work at lately so...
  9. What kinds of work do you do where you need more then 12GB? Just Curious.
  10. hey sorry for the superlate reply,
    btw the work that use the most ram is when i setup scenes to be rendered in 3dsmax and i have mudbox open at the same time, which means you have a 6-7GB Model saved in the ram + a 3dsm scene open at the same time... it easily runs out of memory at that point
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