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s4sha
01-29-2015, 07:26 AM
Hi all,

I am a LW 9.6 user, and am upgrading to LW 2015 - I'd love some opinions re: LW performance with different systems. Here are some specs (minus HDD, etc that I already have) of two prospective builds. The first leaves room for more memory, video cards in the future, the second has 2-way SLI with room for two more GPUs:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/JQdB99
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/JQdB99/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i7-5930K 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($556.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S 55.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($61.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X99-UD4 ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard ($251.90 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 4 series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($230.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($118.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 980 4GB STRIX Video Card ($549.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($136.88 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VN279Q 27.0" Monitor ($233.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VN279Q 27.0" Monitor ($233.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VN279Q 27.0" Monitor ($233.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $2609.65



PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/GzZhTW
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/GzZhTW/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($316.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($74.69 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming GT ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($188.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Beast 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($281.74 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($75.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 970 4GB STRIX Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($329.00 @ Directron)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 970 4GB STRIX Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($329.00 @ Directron)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($136.88 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VN279Q 27.0" Monitor ($233.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VN279Q 27.0" Monitor ($233.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VN279Q 27.0" Monitor ($233.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $2435.22

Thanks in advance for your professional input!!

magiclight
01-29-2015, 11:00 AM
I would go for the second one, but it's a matter of taste, they will both be fast and do a good job, but you will get better of with 32 gigs of ram if you ask me, DDR4 cost both arms and then some.

It all depends a little on what you want to use it for, if you don't need all the memory then maybe you will not need that, DDR4 will be cheaper later on.
but when it comes to 3D you can never have enough memory, but if you have less memory today and are ok with that then no need to change maybe, 9.6 and 2015 will not be much different in terms of memory usage I think.

s4sha
01-29-2015, 11:10 AM
Thanks for that. I was thinking with the first one it could be upgraded as memory and GPU prices decrease. The second one has a max of 32GB as most of those boards do. But you're right DDR4 is $$$.

Sekhar
01-29-2015, 11:42 AM
CPU will make the most difference in rendering, I would go with #1: better CPU and video card (and apparently a better MB). Memory prices are always dropping, so unless you need 16GB more right now, #1 seems like a better choice to me.

jasonwestmas
01-29-2015, 12:34 PM
wow really good deals. Definitely get 16 GB of Ram or more.

s4sha
01-29-2015, 09:17 PM
Thanks all- it’s really tough when spending a little more can potentially help with upgrading in the log run, though being conservative and using less-than-the-latest components may work just fine to get the job done ;)