Long time no post but I visit the forum regularly to read the posts and learn. You all helped me some time back with an upgrade of my HP desktop and I have had no issues with it since. However, I am retiring soon and want to build as future-proof a desktop as I can within reason so I can enjoy playing around in my "golden" years with my photography hobby, especially HDR and maybe some wildlife video and editing. Also I'm leaving open the option of gaming although I don't now and may never.
What I've decided on so far is to go AMD for both cost and consistent MoBo sockets. However, I like the idea of the Intel CPUs having integrated graphics. I couldn't find good info on whether or not the top AMD CPUs also do integrated graphics well or is that what is coming with the Kaveri series? I want to get a good, powerful motherboard and like the features on the ASUS Crossfire series but they are expensive and are probably overkill. The power management controls, easy overclocking options, abundance of USB 3.0 sockets, better capacitors and cooling management all sounded good but for all I know they may be available in other brands, lower models and for less money. Any suggestions? I was looking at the AMD FX 8350 Black Box.
For RAM I'm looking at 16 GB of 1866 DDR3 because I fell in love with RAMDISK and want 4 GB on my new system. My current system loads the latest version of GIMP in about 40 seconds. With it in Ramdisk it's 4.5 sec.!!! Very impressive. Do you have preferences here? Crucial, G Skill? Also, is there an advantage to 2 X 8 GB vs. 4 X 4 GB, especially if I'm designating part of the RAM to RAMDISK?
I will be also adding an SSD for my operating system and some programs, but I don't think I need a large one--maybe only 120 GB.
I plan to take from my existing system the very nice 650 watt PSU, the DVD writer that I never use, and keep the existing 350GB HDD. Also I currently have a 1.0 TB external WD10EZEX 7200 rpm external HDD I want to bring inside for storage.
I upgraded my cooler when I did my last upgrade but I don't know it it can handle a FX 8350. I'll worry about that when I get closer to the build itself.
And last but not least, I have a standard ATX case. I'm thinking of maybe moving up a form factor in case I do decide to add high-end graphics cards in the future. Does that sound necessary at this time?
Obviously, cost is a factor but it is flexible at the moment. This is all more for preliminary design and planning as I'm not sure at this point even which processor to go with.
I'd appreciate any thoughts, guidance, suggestions or questions you guys might have and will gladly give you any additional info you need.
Edited by hamluis, 23 August 2013 - 04:48 PM.
Moved from Internal Hardware to System Building - Hamluis.