The Hardware of a new Build
Being forced by the gods of Photoshop (still & video) and databases, I must speed up an existing system of six years and expand the RAM available beyond the hard limit of 4 GB in my current mobo. The size must be ATX (and NOT extended) to fit in the wonderful ANTEC P182 box I intend to keep using. I'd plan on keeping this system 5 years or more. I'd like to keep with ASUS. I've looked at
mobos with sockets 2011 and 1150 and believe that ASUS SABERTOOTH X79 TUF has the functionality I need/value: RAM up to 64 GB; excellent heat/fan control, mid & rear USP 2/3 plus eSATA ports, and ASUS' BIOS. I realize this is an 'older' board and will need to have some BIOS updates. What impact might that have down the road?
CPUs are open. INTEL, obviously, is the manufacturer of choice. And there are several options in each socket. (The X79 choice seems to be between 3930K or 4820K.)
I have never used a liquid CPU cooler and am a bit concerned about springing a leak. With this case and this mobo and A/C-controlled air (I'm in Florida) with an external fan blowing over the back planes of both PCs, do I really need one?
With this set up, lots of fans, three 7,500 1-4 TB 7,5000 HDs and an SSD, a number of eSATA and USB drives, and two optical drives will my current FSB AURUM Gold 600 installed in June 2012 make the grade? If not, what should I consider? (This needs to be addressed earlier in the build than usual because the ANTEC routes power to the mobo & CPU under the mobo.) Does the AURUM have the right connectors?
Have I missed something critical or just helpful?
Thank you all in advance.