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    ROG Enthusiast Array TheSobeGuy's Avatar
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    Current Specs, Possible Future Upgrades

    Hi guys. If you check my signature, I currently have an i7 950 @ 3.07 GHz. I think it is a common temptation and a fairly difficult decision for further upgrading your current rig. In the year 2020 maybe, how dangerous would it be to upgrade from an i7 to an i9, i11, or some ridiculous sick piece of hardware? Since I won that baby thanks to BlizzCon 2010, I think the monster I earned is still hungry for power. It's going to be fun, challenging, and hopefully rewarding experience to plan and successfully upgrade something that has not exist yet...

    What would be the craziest pieces of processors out there now?
    Current specs (via CPU-Z)

    i7 @ 950 3.07 GHz
    ASUS Rampage III Gene
    16 GB DDR3 RAM
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970


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    The most powerful CPU on a consumer level is the i7-5960X. Pair that with a Rampage V Extreme and you have a powerful beast for quite some time.

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    ROG Guru: Black Belt Array Korth PC Specs
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    MotherboardASUS X99 R5E (BIOS2101/1902)
    ProcessorHaswell-EP E5-1680-3 SR20H/R2 (4.4GHz)
    Memory (part number)Vengeance LPX 4x8GB SS DDR4-3000 (CMK32GX4M4C3000C15)
    Graphics Card #1NVIDIA Quadro GP100GL/16GB, 16xPCIe3, NVLink1 (SLI-HB)
    Graphics Card #2NVIDIA Quadro GP100GL/16GB, 16xPCIe3, NVLink1 (SLI-HB)
    Sound CardJDS Labs O2+ODAC (RevB), USB2 UAC1
    MonitorASUS PG278Q
    Storage #1Samsung 850 PRO 512GB SSDs, 4xSATA3 RAID0
    Storage #2Comay BladeDrive E28 3200GB SSD, 8xPCIe2
    CPU CoolerRaijintek NEMESIS/TISIS, AS5, 2xNH-A14
    CaseObsidian 750D (original), 6xNH-A14
    Power SupplyZalman/FSP ZM1250 Platinum
    Headset Pilot P51 PTT *modded*
    OS Arch, Gentoo, Win7x64, Win10x64
    Network RouterActiontec T3200M VDSL2 Gateway
    Accessory #1 TP-Link AC1900 Archer T9E, 1xPCIe
    Accessory #2 ASUS/Infineon SLB9635 TPM (TT1.2/FW3.19)
    Accessory #3 ASUS OC Panel I (FW0501)
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    Yes, the i7-5960X is the most powerful "Haswell-E" processor for mainstream consumers/enthusiasts. The X99 chipset is also compatible with "Haswell-EP" Xeon procs (E5-16xx-3 and E5-26xx-3 families), the top end models having up to 18 cores (and 36 threads, with HyperThreading) and an astronomical pile of on-die cache. Most X99 motherboards support "only" 64GB or 128GB of DDR4, but a few claim to support up to 1TB of DDR4 (when such high-density RAM chips actually become available). DDR4 is capable of far greater speeds (data bandwidth) than extreme DDR3.

    Intel's LGA1150/i7-4790K is currently their fastest processor in terms of raw clock speed (4.0GHz-4.4GHz). On a Z97 motherboard, of course. This seems to be the most popular "new-computer" gaming build these days.

    AMD's AM3+/FX-9590 is currently their fastest processor in terms of raw clock speed (4.7GHz-5.0GHz). On a RV990FX+SB950 motherboard, of course.

    All of these chips are rated for huge power consumption and require potent cooling. AIO water coolers are the mainstream expectation now, but ridiculously massive air coolers are sometimes a good option.

    Nobody builds an "elite" computer without a mighty GPU or two (or more). AMD R9-290X and NVidia GTX980 cards are solid buys, but you could buy a Titan X (or two) if you really want to game huge fps across multi-display 4K resolutions.

    This site has a fair breakdown of what's out there, what it does, and what it costs. Not a truly comprehensive list, but a decent baseline.

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