Hey, Nimrod, your build is ready!
Full upgrade on existing system (Ivy Bridge @ GTX 970). High-end gaming setup with nods to video editing and high-quality audio. Budget range $1500+. Windows 10 running on AMD architecture. No emphasis on overclocking or aesthetic design.
$1513.80 at the time of posting. Prices change constantly and rapidly in the world of PC parts. Take your time to shop each piece for the best deal. If you’re making substitutions, consider all specs for the item.
Nimrod, I’d be happy to help bring your PC to the modern era. For reference, the existing build’s specs can be found here.
All things considered, the only internal part we’ll be keeping is the storage drive. The current drive running Windows will not be running Windows in our new system and will be instead converted to a basic storage drive. The reason we’re ditching the current backbone is because of the change in IC architecture (Intel to AMD), as well as to get us on a more modern chipset that will give us things like DDR4 memory, which will help out our video editing goal. It’s always a sad story to ditch so much from a previous rig, but do keep in mind that each component can be sold second-hand with things like LetGo, Facebook, eBay, etc. Your GTX 970 will sell for a pretty penny. This also goes for your current monitors. Ultimately, it’s up to you if you want to keep the monitors you have, but in this particular situation, I say sell them and go with the upgrade I’ll mention below.
All right, so let’s talk new and shiny! We’re aiming for an all-around build, so an AMD CPU is a no-brainer. Let’s go Ryzen 5 1600. That will attach to our MSI board with an AMD B350 chipset. This chipset will keep our price low while only sacrificing multi-GPU support.
Speaking of GPU, since we’ve got such a meaty budget, let’s jump straight to a 1070 Ti (EVGA 8GB SC GAMING). It’s no surprise that the GPU market is at an all-time high as we still shudder at the crisis that is Cryptocurrency, which is why I didn’t jump all the way up to the GTX 1080. This card in particular will soften the budget blow just enough to widen our options further.
For memory, we’ll go mid-tier and grab 16GB (2 x 8) of some DDR4-2666 ADATA RAM. Nothing fancy, and just fast enough to help out with video editing.
Onto storage. Since we’ll be bringing over the 1 TB internal HDD, we can easily spring for an M.2 SSD. I went with Western Digital’s Blue 500GB stick with some great performance for our Windows host drive. This will be the primary boot drive; you will install Windows 10 here. Since you are already licensed for Windows 10 on your existing drive, check out this how-to guide on how to transfer the license over to the new stick. If, for some reason, the transfer doesn’t work, don’t sweat it. Windows 10 can be bought on the cheap over at Kinguin.
While I didn’t make aesthetics and design a huge bullet point for this build, I did see a nice $10 rebate on the stunning and high-rated Phanteks ECLIPSE mid tower case. I mean, who does builds in 2018 that don’t have tempered glass panels?
Rounding out internals, I grabbed a nice Corsair power supply sporting 80+ gold and semi-modularity.
Now that the tower’s done, let’s talk about our last two additions to this build. Since we’ve got our amazing 1070 Ti and everything, let’s put it to work with a 1440p monitor. Aww yeah! The Acer K272HUL will be a perfect compliment to this build, giving us 27″ of 1440p @ 60 Hz. Honestly, if you were to dump more money into this build, you could even go for an ultrawide 1440p here (although in doing so, you may need to drop in-game quality to achieve 60 FPS, depending on the game).
To give a nod to our high-end audio requirement, what better way to do so than with Sennheiser. The G4ME ZERO headset is towards the tip-top of gaming headsets and absolutely cannot disappoint.
All-around stunning performance for both high-end gaming and professional usage. Ample room to grow and expand without needing another full upgrade for quite some time.
Particularly for video editing, I often gun for 32 GB, but prices are just too high to do so right now (and this can always be aimed for later). With the money it would take to double the memory, why not go Ryzen 7 instead? Total storage is a little on the low side; perhaps an additional HDD would help out. Stock cooling could be replaced for both overclocking capability and aesthetics. Not upgrading keyboard, mouse, and standard speakers.