From 1080p to 2560x1600 (New System Recommendation Request)

nanobeast

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Currently this is what my system consists of:

XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W
Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
EVGA P55 SLI 132-LF-E655-KR LGA1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Galaxy Factory OCed 480GTX
Kingston 64GB V SSD
Western Digital 640GB Black HDD
32 inch LD450 IPS with 4:4:4 subsampling (1080p)

This system has served me well for gaming but I have decided to do some photo/video editing as well and I need a better monitor. I like the Dell U3011 monitor with a 2560x1600 resolution.

Also, I have a Nikon D800E DSLR which is a 36 Mpx camera with massive RAW file sizes and I think I need to upgrade my CPU and RAM.

And since I will also be playing games, I do not think my current GPU will suffice for the increase in resolution.

The Dell U3011 will cost me about $1000 which leaves me about $1000-1400 for the rest of the system.

Can I please get some recommendations on components that will run my games and CS6/Lightroom 4 at those resolutions smoothly?

1) What will you be doing with this PC? Gaming? Photoshop? Web browsing? etc
Gaming/Photo editing huge RAW files/Video editing/Web Browsing
2) What's your budget? Are tax and shipping included?
$1000-1400 with tax and shipping included
3) Which country do you live in? If the U.S, please tell us the state and city if possible.
Boston, MA
4) What exact parts do you need for that budget? CPU, RAM, case, etc. The word "Everything" is not a valid answer. Please list out all the parts you'll need.
PSU, Case, CPU, CPU cooler if necessary, Motherboard, Memory, GPU, SSD for OS and primary programs, 2GB HDD for storage
5) If reusing any parts, what parts will you be reusing? Please be especially specific about the power supply. List make and model.
Keyboard and mouse? I am not sure if any of the components will bottleneck...would rather build a new balanced system
6) Will you be overclocking?
No
7) 7) What is the max resolution of your monitor? What size is it?
30 inch 2650x1600 Dell U3011
8) When do you plan on building/buying the PC?
1-4 weeks
9) What features do you need in a motherboard? RAID? Firewire? Crossfire or SLI support? USB 3.0? SATA 6Gb/s? eSATA? Onboard video (as a backup or main GPU)? UEFI? etc.
Sata 6gb/s would be nice. USB 3.0. Stability over fancy one.
10) Do you already have a legit and reusable/transferable OS key/license? If so, what OS? Is it 32bit or 64bit?
Yes I do. Win 7 64 bit. Not interested in Win 8.
 
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Dangman

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Note that any CPU upgrade you do will basically require you to get a new motherboard. Since Intel is releasing their new Haswell CPUs between March and July 2013, I'd hold off on the CPU and mobo upgrade as long as possible unless your Core i5-750 is really hurting for performance. Although, I highly recommend that you consider overclocking your CPU as that will significantly help delay the need for a CPU upgrade.

You can upgrade just the RAM and GPU and you'll be set for awhile. Before I recommend RAM, which edition of Windows 7 do you have? Pro? Home Premium?

As for the GPU, you should be set with the GTX 670 or HD 7950.
 

nanobeast

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I was considering SLI 670s with a i5-3570K. Should I expect the prices for these to drop once Haswell is released? I do not want to pay premium prices for Haswell.

I have Win 7 64bit Pro.
 

Dangman

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I was considering SLI 670s with a i5-3570K. Should I expect the prices for these to drop once Haswell is released? I do not want to pay premium prices for Haswell.
The prices on the Ivy Bridge CPUs will not drop that much and would take awhile (like a year or two) to actually drop in price. Intel generally releases their new CPUs around the price range of their older CPUs. At most you'll have to pay $10 to $20 more with price gouing involved.
3) Which country do you live in? If the U.S, please tell us the state and city if possible.
Boston, MA
In addition, since you're not overclocking, little reason for you to get the Core i5 3570K unless you live near a Microcenter. Speaking of which, how long of a drive is this Microcenter from you?:
http://microcenter.com/site/stores/cambridge.aspx
I have Win 7 64bit Pro.
Awesome. Then I recommend getting four of this RAM set for a max total of 32GB of RAM:
$36 - Corsair CMV8GX3M1A1333C9 8GB DDR3 1333 RAM
 

nanobeast

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The prices on the Ivy Bridge CPUs will not drop that much and would take awhile (like a year or two) to actually drop in price. Intel generally releases their new CPUs around the price range of their older CPUs. At most you'll have to pay $10 to $20 more with price gouing involved.

So if I wait until June, I should be able to get a Haswell CPU at around the same price of i5-3570 but with 10-15% performance increase?

The other concern would be stability and bugs since the CPU and MB would be new. The i5-3570k and some of the Z77 boards out there have been used/tested by many.

In addition, since you're not overclocking, little reason for you to get the Core i5 3570K unless you live near a Microcenter. Speaking of which, how long of a drive is this Microcenter from you?:

15 min drive!
 
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ToddW2

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$1000-1400 with tax and shipping included


PSU - 150
CASE - 100
CPU - 190
Mobo - 110
RAM32gb - 115
SSD - 256gb - 200
OS - 110
2TB - 110


That doesn't even include 1 video card at $200+ let alone 2 of them for optimal performance at 2560x1600.
 

nanobeast

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$1000-1400 with tax and shipping included


PSU - 150
CASE - 100
CPU - 190
Mobo - 110
RAM32gb - 115
SSD - 256gb - 200
OS - 110
2TB - 110


That doesn't even include 1 video card at $200+ let alone 2 of them for optimal performance at 2560x1600.

I already have an OS. I think I am going to get one 670 card for now and then get another in a few months down the road when prices drop.
 

ToddW2

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Sorry I thought your OPost said OS not SSD for OS :)

Should be golden then it sounds like, esp if you buy-up deals, and go used on the case even.
 
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