Question Critique and Advice on Potential 4K Upgrade with Windows 10

nadanvy1978

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Good day to all who take time to peruse, read, and are able to provide constructive advice and critique of this post, and the contents therein. I am in the process of gathering the necessary components to construct an up-to-date (as far as computers/tech can extend) PC that will hopefully fulfill a few key functions which I will enumerate below:

4K display functionality, for both a standard 4K-compatible PC monitor as well as being able to either Mirror or Extend the PC's display stream to a 4K UHD flat panel television, more than likely to be a 49 – 55 inch Sony X-900F.


The ability to bit stream Hi-Res audio to an AVR from PC.


General functionality of a traditional 'home theater pc', minus form-factor considerations or the necessity of installing a HTPC front end, such as Plex, J River Media Center, etc. I feel confident, later on, I can handle the installation and set up of said software on my own. (Example: I have used J River in the past as a 'HTPC' semi-Front End), The ability to playback 4K UHD optical media not an absolute requirement, but if feasible, and within the parameters of the selected components, it definitely would be an added benefit.

Ability to handle CD/DVD/Blu-ray playback, ripping, and conversion to MKV and FLAC files, respectively, using the current software I have installed on my current Windows 7 PC (with obvious upgrades to Windows 10-compatible versions with the legal and contractural boundaries of many a previously purchased and licensed program or application).

Abilities to utilize either an existing Happauge Collosus 2 PCI-E PVR Capture Card being fed a AV stream from a DirecTV Genie Mini over 1080P 'Full-HD' RGB Component and Optical TOSLINK, or the existing 2-channal Analog RCAs: all connectiong coming in to ports on Video Capture Card.

General, everyday PC and Internet Browsing, Streaming, Downloading, Etc.


Eventual installation and utilization of VR Equipment and Associated Apps and Related /Tailored Softwares.
This is a consise list of the general requirements I have set for this upgrade.




Below, is a general summation of my present system as compiled using Speccy:

Summary
Operating System
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
CPU
Intel Core i5 2400 @ 3.10GHz
Sandy Bridge 32nm Technology
RAM
8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 802MHz (9-9-9-28)
Motherboard
ASUSTeK Computer INC. P8Z68-V PRO (LGA1155)
Graphics
DELL ST2421L (1920x1080@60Hz)
1024MB ATI AMD Radeon HD 5670 (Sapphire/PCPartner)
Storage
59GB Crucial C300-CTFDDAC064MAG ATA Device (SATA
(SSD))
1863GB Seagate ST2000DL003-9VT166 ATA Device (SATA )
3726GB Western Digital WD easystore 25FB USB Device (USB )
3726GB Seagate Backup+ Desk USB Device (USB (SATA) )
4657GB Seagate Expansion Desk USB Device (USB (SATA) )
3GB Seagate Expansion Desk USB Device (USB (SATA) )
Optical Drives
TSSTcorp DVDWBD SH-B123L ATA Device
HL-DT-ST BD-RE BE14NU40 USB Device
Audio
Realtek High Definition Audio
Operating System

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
Computer type: Desktop
Installation Date: Monday, August 03, 2015 10:02:11 AM


I currently have a pre-HDMI Denon 7.1-Channel AVR connected to the PC via Optical TOSLINK. This will be upgraded to a Dolby ATMOS compatible AVR.



After doing my own research online, checking several reputable and separate from on another review sites, as well as professional reweiwers, both in digital print and YouTube Channels; and, finally, in my own mind's eye and opinion: with real people who are using these components, either individually or partially together: and, lastly, relying on my own experiences of having an High Definition-friendly Windows PC from 2009 to the present, I am now ready to embark on my next step in the process:

Selectoin of components, and utilizing a few reputable online virtual system testing algorithms. This test came back with near perfect returns. Only a single compatability issue was caught, which I will go in to detail below.

Here is the list of components I've selected for my build, along with a link to the official site where information and specifications can be viewed:

Motherboard:

Asus ROG Maximus X Hero (Wi-Fi AC)

Official Site: https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/ROG-MAXIMUS-XI-HERO-WI-FI/

CPU: Intel i5-9600K (Note 01)
Official Site: https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/134896/intel-core-i5-9600k-processor-9m-cache-up-to-4-60-ghz.html
Note 01:
In running the set of components through the components compatibility engine at PC Parts Picker all components checked as good aside from the following note if using the 'Coffee Lake Refresh' CPU and the Intel Z390 chipset on the Asus motherboard:
“Warning! Some Intel Z370 chipset motherboards may need a BIOS update prior to using Coffee Lake Refresh CPUs. Upgrading the BIOS may require a different CPU that is supported by older BIOS revisions.”
Looking through the Specifications on Intel's website for the i5-9600K it is pre-'Refresh', and would not even apply in this situation.
If I understand, correctly, this can be resolved with a BIOS update that should/would be done during the construction and initial testing of the whole system. If anyone has experience with this, and has encountered issues that could not be resloved, by all means, let me know.
CPU Cooler
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
Official Site: https://www.coolermaster.com/catalog/coolers/cpu-air-coolers/hyper-212-evo/
RAM - DDR4 (32-GB): G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 32-GB (2 x 16 GB) Model F4-3200C16D-32GVK
Official Site: https://www.gskill.com/product/165/184/1536110922/F4-3200C16D-32GVKRipjaws-VDDR4-3200MHz-CL16-18-18-38-1.35V32GB-(2x16GB)

OS and Program Drive (See Note 02):
Samsung 970 EVO 500-GB M2 SSD
Offical Site: https://www.samsung.com/us/computing/memory-storage/solid-state-drives/ssd-970-evo-plus-nvme-m-2-500gb-mz-v7s500b-am/#specs

Note 02: With my current system, I have come very close to running out of room on my dedicated OS 60-GB SSD Drive, and have needed to migrate/reinstall a majority of my installed software (primarily 32-bit native, and non-essential 64-bit native) to a 2-TB Internal SATA 'Storage' Drive. I plan on using a 2-TB SSD drive in the same fashion for storage of downloads and file conversions prior to movement to specific USB external drives. With 500-GB of space, running out of storage doesn't strike me as being as much of a concern, right now, but later on down the road, it may: so, I seek advice on installing some of these non-essential programs (Web Browser, Media Players, etc.) to the 2-TB SATA SSD 'Storage' Drive.

Internal 2-TB SSD 'Storage' Drive:

Crucial MX500 2.5 SATA III: (2 TB)
Official Site: https://www.crucial.com/usa/en/storage-ssd-mx500

GPU/Video Card

XFX Radeon RX 580
Official Site: http://www.xfxforce.com/en-us/products/amd-radeon-rx-500-series/rx-580-gtr-8gb-dd-led-rx-580a8dbr6

Optical Drive:
LG Black BDXL Internal Blu-Ray RW
Official Site: https://www.lg.com/us/burners-drives/lg-BH16NS40-internal-blu-ray-dvd-drive

Power Supply (Note 03)
Corsair 750W Modular Power Supply
Official Site: https://www.corsair.com/us/en/Categories/Products/Power-Supply-Units/Power-Supply-Units-Advanced/RMx-Series-White/p/CP-9020187-NAHYPERLINK "https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/134896/intel-core-i5-9600k-processor-9m-cache-up-to-4-60-ghz.html" https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/134896/intel-core-i5-9600k-processor-9m-cache-up-to-4-60-ghz.html

Note 03: Once my external storage hard drives begin to reach the end of their usable lives, I plan on installing 3 - 4 internal 8-TB SATA Hard Drives, hence the need for such a large Power Supply.

Case

Phanteks Enthoo Pro Series (Solid Side Panel)
Official Site: http://www.phanteks.com/Enthoo-Pro.html

Case Fans are negotiable. I'm not desiring to overclock or do anything 'extreme', so a need for any kind of liquid cooling is not necessary, in my opinion. Maybe later on, I'll add something on to the build.

Monitor
BenQ EW3270U
Official Site: https://www.benq.com/en-us/monitor/video-enjoyment/ew3270u.html

OS Windows 10 Pro (64-Bit) via USB Install

At my last tally, on Friday, July 26, going strictly through Amazon for all purchases, including the case fans, my total, before shipping and tax, was $1620, very well under my budget of $2500.

If I can get enough good feedback within the next few days, I'll go ahead, and purchase the components, and have the system built.

Again, thank you for taking time out of your day to look this over, and provide any feedback you feel would be helpful!
 

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