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In almost any case, with a proper, modern compiler, compilation speed will increase near linearly with the number of hardware threads on your system. In the case of Microsoft compilers, even running with 8GB will be plenty fine, as they are fairly stingy with memory allocation. However, on *nix, I have capped out even 16GB with parallel make and GCC. Modern ...


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I don't recommend fanless or water cooling. Instead, I recommend Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (which is a newer version of the 212 Plus I have). This is a very quiet fan. The specs say it's between 9-36 dBA. For me, it's quieter than the noise my video card generates. It keeps the CPU cool too. I don't have a "before" comparison, as it was installed when I ...


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There are very few memory bound tasks for modern CPUs. The key factors to look for are capacity, cost, latency, voltages and speed, usually in that order. It doesn't really matter if a CPU doesn't support a RAM speed. You just need motherboard support and go into BIOS to activate the XMP setting, so that it'll run at the rated speed rather than the SPD speed....


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Your computer's RAM cannot be significantly upgraded. Crucial's memory finder reports, and HP's support page agrees that your computer is limited to 4 GB of RAM. Further, you appear to be running a 32-bit version of Windows, which for technical reasons is limited to about 3.25 GB of RAM. If you really want to do this, I recommend figuring out which of the ...


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This is a slightly more budget friendly option, which is according to the budget which was just edited in, the Noctua NH-D14. This CPU cooler keeps temps pretty low, about 5*C higher on an i7-4770k than the NZXT Kraken x61 I mentioned above. The NH-D14 is an air cooler available here, for 56 pounds. Pros Is an air cooler, and therefore does not have the ...


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I have to recommend my favorite: the Fractal Design Define R5 (~$110 USD). This case is beyond excellent for everything you'd ever want. It's also one of the highest-rated cases for noise reduction (meaning it's very quiet). The specs: ATX mid Quick-release side panel for easy access Removable ODD and HDD cages, removable fan slot covers, removable optical ...


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I would actually not recommend either of the platforms that you had in mind, and go with the LGA 1151 Skylake Processors. These require DDR4 RAM and are the newest CPUs that Intel has released. For what you are doing, I would recommend the i7-6700K, that costs $350. Also with 1x8GB of DDR4 RAM would be expandable and enough for now. The Motherboard that I ...


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I would say you would be better off building a new computer. Here are the reasons: Your CPU is probably only good for one more upgrade then it can't go any further. With a new build, you could choose a socket that you could upgrade possibly 2 or 3 more times, depending on how often and what performance you desired As you mentioned, your computer uses DDR2 ...


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The i7 5820K would be much faster than the i7 6700K. None of the programs you will use will benefit from an i7 5820K or even an i7 6700K for that matter. An i5 6600K will be enough for what you are doing. The 5820K will only benefit from much larger multithreaded workloads (such as virtualization or video rendering) and where more PCIe lanes are needed (...


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Looking over the specs of the 5820K versus the 6700K, notable differences are: Larger cache (15MB vs 8MB) More cores and threads Higher memory bandwidth All of these would probably be of benefit when working, however it has a lower clock speed. That might be the dealbreaker here, as while having lots of threads is great for multitasking (and possibly ...


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There are a couple Cooler Master, Corsair (AX and RM) and EVGA series power supplies that disable their fan under low load. My recommendation: EVGA SuperNova 550 G2 (220-G2-0550-Y1) Within budget ($80 at newegg) EVGA Eco Mode: Fan does not switch on until PSU load is above 25% 550 Watts, which is just above your calculated optimal. 80 plus Gold for ...


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The question was edited with a budget after I posted this answer. If you are looking for something more fancy, something a bit quieter, and a lot colder, I recommend you check out the NZXT Kraken x61. I do not believe it fails very often, as it's been around for awhile and it's relatively popular, plus there are no negative reviews about the pump failing, ...


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If you're not planning to add more than one expansion card (say, a TV tuner card) to your system, a mini-ITX board in a low profile or home theater case fits your needs. If you want two to four cards (tuner card, dedicated graphics card, dedicated network card, etc), a microATX board in a low profile case will work. Note that a low-profile case uses narrow ...


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Moving from HDD to any new SSD will be noticable, while the differences between particular SSD tend to be slight. I actually did the same (also ssd upgrade for programming) and just went with the cheapest SSD at the time (Kingston), because my laptop only supported SATA II (300 MB/s). If you have SATA III and want something premium, the Samsung 850 250 GB is ...


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Personally, I would just go with a raspberry pi, more specifically, the RPi 3 Model B Along with a USB wifi dongle such as this. Cost totals out to about $49 USD ($40 for the RPi and $9 for the wifi dongle). RPi's are capable of running 24/7, as mentioned here. The main reasons why I would prefer a RPi are: It is cheaper, compared to the other options ...


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Apparently this CPU is a bad combination with my GPU; I have been told that they will not work together. That CPU and GPU will work together just fine. GPU's are designed to be compatible with most CPU architectures, including offerings from Intel and AMD. Ryzen is AMD's new platform, and just like any new release there were some kinks to work out in ...


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With the information given, I would recommend the NZXT Sentry 3 or Sentry 2 fan controller. You can buy one here. The reviews are good, the only cons being that sometimes the controller does not work out of the box and that it is easy to make a mess out of the cables. The LED touch screen is of good quality as well.


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The Fractal Design Node 202 is a very small form factor PC case (console size), with support for a full size graphics card. A link to the fractal design page for all their node series cases is here, and I suggest you check them out. It will come out soon and uses mini-ITX boards. In addition, the Cooler Master Obsidian series has some very small form factor ...


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As a starting point, I'd recommend the Haswell-E i7 5820K. 6 cores on the X99 platform, similar to the Xeon E5 16xx v3s but cheaper, unlocked and without certain server features, it can currently be purchased at U$320 if you live near a microcenter, and U$390 if you don't. The clock speed can be increased, through you shouldn't expect much above 4.5 GHz. ...


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I recommend a Phanteks "Enthoo Pro Series" full ATX case, which is $100 on Newegg. My main machine rests in this case. It sits behind my desk and the fans are very quiet. As an added benefit, I know it fits the parts I've recommended in the other answers I've provided, plus a full sized video card, optical drive and multiple HDDs and SSDs. It also has: 3 ...


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The clock speed of RAM doesn't affect the performance of the computer much (if at all). Running a RAM at a faster speed would increase the CAS latency, which is the amount of clock cycle lag the RAM has (lower is better). But the advantage would be a faster transfer speed. Decreasing the speed means a lower CAS latency but a slower transfer speed. For normal ...


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Upgrading your GPU Guessing at your budget, I'm going to recommend a R9 380, or GTX 960. Both are pretty equal cards, and the GTX 960 pulls ahead in nVidia optimized games but I'm not going to go into that. Upgrading to either will be an extreme improvement to your current GPU. (Benchmarks) Upgrading CPU If you are looking to upgrade your CPU, which in my ...


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The LGA 2011 platform and the LGA 1151 platform is designed for two different markets. The LGA 1151 is a mainstream consumer socket, designed for CPU's ranging from $100 - $350. The LGA 2011 socket is for the extreme enthusiast and prosumer purposes. CPU's for the LGA 2011 socket is around $400 - $1200 (please note that the $400 5820K only has 28 PCI-E lanes)...


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As an alternative to @rubyjunk, there is a similar water cooler made by corsair that includes usb control for only $100: the H100i. I have personally had a H100i on an overclocked FX-8350 (125w TDP), and the maximum temperature I've seen has been 40 degrees. I did have the 212 Evo previously, but I found that it got unreasonably hot on my rig.


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Sony Vega Pro's hardware acceleration uses OpenCL compute. Generally, the consumer cards have similar performance for quite a bit cheaper, as seen in the benchmark below. OpenCL has also typically performed better on AMD cards, compared to NVidia cards I recommend the XFX R7 370 2GB Double Dissipation Video Card (R7-370P-2255), currently priced $124.99 + $...


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It looks like your case has standard front-panel audio. If that's correct, it makes finding compatible front-panel bays much easier. The cheapest 5.25" bay I've been able to find is this $40 bay from Kingwin, which in addition to two USB 3.0 ports and HD audio, has an eSATA port, an everything-under-the-sun card reader, two fan controllers, and a ...


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Your size requirements are a very odd size for monitors, so I don't think you'll find one exactly fitting your needs (short of having one custom made). That said, I have found some that are very close. The ViewSonic VA2055SM: - 8.3 x 18.6 x 11.3 inches - full HD 1080p, 20" diagonal - Currently $84.99, $171 regular - DVI & VGA (only the one with built-in ...


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I personally would recommend getting a EVGA GTX 970 ACX 2.0+. You can find those around 300$ maybe even less. I have owned that card and I was quite happy with the performance and the support. You can also find other GTX 970 cards around that price range. Just check some benchmarks/temps/noise levels and see what you like. The problem is that the GTX 970 "...


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Ultra graphics performance for a penny As this is your requirement I don't think that the graphics card which are recommended until now will statisfy your future self. I'd like to future proof, also I'd like to buy in the future new monitor, thouh I'm not sure when. A new monitor sure is a good idea in the near future. My following config aims to ...


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That resolution is pretty easy to drive. I'd actually consider a newer monitor, even if my experience, eizos are pretty nice. At the current resolution, and in fact up to QHD, a 960 would likely be a good bet - my old 660 with 2gb of ram handled 1080p out fine at ultra settings for most games I threw it at. A 970 would likely be overkill, and of course, a ...


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