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Time to Upgrade... and I got three options

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Topic as above. Looking to move from a 12 year old unit - yes, never upgrade since Vista!!!! So need to pamper self until song song...

I took this unit as a hand-me-down from my neighbour who sick of it after 2.5 years of use, that was in 2008. Was in a less than desirable so I changed out quite a number of parts.

Original specs as follow - very much a rojak PC:

- Cooler Master CM690 I Casing

- Cooler Master 650W 80 PLUS Gold power supply

- Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 with stock heatsink

- Gigabyte EP45 UD3R rev 1.1 Bios Ver A9

- 8GB DDR2 RAM - 2 x 2 Corsair Vengenance at PC2-6400 800Mhz, 2 x 2 Kingston Valueram at PC2-5300 @ 640Mhz

- NVIDIA Geforce GT630 1GB Graphics Card

- 1 DVD Drive

- 2 x 80GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 IDE Drives

- 1 x 160GB Seagate Barracude 7200.10 SATA Drive

- 1 x 500GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 SATA Drive (Boot disk, has bad sectors, ready to be degaussed in 2019)

- 1 x 2000GB Seagate Barracuda Desktop HDD SATA 7200.12

- 1 x 1000GB Seagate Desktop HDD SATA 7200.11

- 1 x 30GB Seagate Barracuda 5400.5 IDE Drive (disconnected) - contains Red Hat Linux 9.2

- 1 x 40GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.6 IDE Drive (Disconnected, empty)

- 3 x 12cm fans, 1 x 10cm fan

Green indicates components I will most likely to shift to the new unit.

So you can see my current unit is super rojak. For a while I have been thinking my IDE drives may have been the cause of Windows 10 taking 15 minutes to come to the desktop (PITA!!!!), so I definitely need to change out.

Intending to be used as a shared computer for my family, most intense usage will be to do programming and database and work (at least 600GB large, with a daily writes of about 350GB because of database logs), and perhaps gaming with PUBG.

I am looking at three options right now, the specs KYM? Want to take advantage of the price drop of the older gen processing units...

For option #1 and #2, I intend to carry over the casing and the power supply over (maybe a few of the disks too???)

Note all prices displayed are the cheapest available I can find for new ones. Pink means must import from overseas, prices are in US$, excluding import taxes and shipping charges. All other prices are in SG$

Option 1: 7th Gen High Spec (LGA 1151)

- Gigabyte Z270X Designare rev 1.0

- Intel 7th Gen Core i7-7700k @ 4.2Ghz base - MB + CPU $731

- Kingston HyperX Fury 2666Mhz DDR4-2 Channel 32GB Kit x 2 ($536 each x 2 = $1072)

Graphics

- ZOTAC GTX 1080Ti Amplified Extreme 11GB GDDR5X x 2 @ $1259 x 2 = @ $2518 + HB Bridge

Storage (Not pick and choose, each point is one item on the purchase roll, unless otherwise specified:

- Seagate Nytro 5000 Enterprise SSD (M2.22110) 1.92TB @ US$1559 (about $2080)

- Seagate Nytro XF1230 Enterprise SSD (2.5") 1.92TB x 2 @ US$430 each (US $860 or $1150) OR Sandisk Ultra 3D SSD 1TB x 2 @ $426 x 2 = $852

- Seagate Firecuda 4TB SSHD x 4 @ ($223 x 4 = $892) - will be in RAID 5

Price for this option ($8145 - $8443) before tax and shipping. After tax and shipping maybe between $8300 - $8700...

Option 2: 6th Gen Ultra Spec (LGA 2011)

- Gigabyte X99 Ultra Gaming

- Intel 6th Gen Core i7-6950X Xtreme Series @ 3.0Ghz base MB + CPU $2739 (Or should I consider Xeon E5-4600v4 Instead? )

- Kingston HyperX Fury 2666Mhz DDR4-2 Channel 32GB Kit x 4 ($536 each x 4 = $2144)

Import graphics from option #1 into here.

Storage (Not pick and choose, each point is one item on the purchase roll, unless otherwise specified:

- Seagate Nytro 5000 Enterprise SSD (M2.22110) 1.92TB @ US$1559 (about $2080)

- Seagate Nytro XF1230 Enterprise SSD (2.5") 1.92TB x 3 @ US$430 each (US$1290 or $1715.70) OR Sandisk Ultra 3D SSD 1TB x 3 @ $426 x 3 = $1278

- Seagate Firecuda 4TB SSHD x 6 @ ($223 x 6 = $1338) - will be in RAID 5

Price for this option $12,097.00 - 12,534.70 before shipping and tax. After shipping and tax $12,300 - 12,800+

Option 3: Workstation Class Unit - NO Warranty

- HP Z820 (used or refurbished unit)

- Try local for used (i saw a couple on carousell) - but the fugger doubled his price from $800 to $1,999, WTF, if it is the Z820 upscale the specs to:

- Intel Xeon E5-2697v2 x 2 @ (US$410 x 2 = US$820)

- This option will obviously be the most expensive so still thinking if it is even feasible or economical in the long run

Hoping to hear some feedback on feasibility. I need the unit to last at least 10 years minimum, so I am willing to spend a bit more to squeeze the best specs.


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