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I noticed a while ago my computer starting to fail after I ran it beyond its suggested temp for a couple weeks during a long render Today it died after 4-5 years. I was going to limp it to 2016 as there will be gpu die shrinks, new AMD CPUs, win10, and widespread ddr4.
The primary objective my machine has to do well is CAD rendering primarily in Blender. This is the one area where AMD beats Intel. This is one reason I wanted to push into 2015. Here is the system I am replacing it with.
MSI 990FX GD80v2
MSI R9 290X
Crucial Ballistix Tactical DDR3-1600 2X8GB
Crucial MX100 512GB SSD
Seasonic X Series 650watts
I plan to add the other 2 dimms of memory in a couple weeks. I have also moved most of my backup data to cloud solutions and typically use under 256 GB data. I was contemplating between nvidia and AMD gpus, I went with the AMD for potential openCL performance.