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Question My motherboard seems to be a bottleneck :/ Will this upgrade help?

Clayton Moneymaker

Jan 31, 2015
My video editing setup has kind of been crippled lately (stupid Adobe suite and it's endless updating) -_- I was searching the site for potential upgrades and ran across the MSI z390-A Pro LGA1151 ( Link ) and Crucial Ballistix 3600 ( Link ). Essentially what I'm thinking is I'd be going from DDR3 to DDR4 and opting for m.2 expansion possibilities.

Just wondering if everyone thinks this is a good enough upgrade to boost my systems performance? Or maybe someone has a better suggestion? I need real performance out of this system as my workload demand is gradually picking up.

Any help is greatly appreciated!

My current system specs are as follows:

Operating System
Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

Intel Core i7 3770K @ 3.50GHz 36 °C
Ivy Bridge 22nm Technology

32.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 668MHz (9-9-9-24)

ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. BM6650_BM6350 (LGA1155) 29 °C

S27E510 (1920x1080@60Hz)
2047MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB (EVGA) 40 °C

238GB SAMSUNG SSD 830 Series ATA Device (SATA (SSD)) 26 °C
465GB Samsung SSD 860 EVO 500GB ATA Device (SATA (SSD)) 28 °C
930GB Microsoft Storage Space Device (TMax (SSD))
931GB Western Digital WD My Passport 25E1 USB Device (USB (SATA) ) 28 °C


Mar 16, 2013
I've set aside roughly $800-900 to upgrade. I'm hoping this setup can be modernized for that.
Start here:

Post in the Systems forum.

Also, take a look at these as a starting point, and build upon those parts lists.
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Clayton Moneymaker

Jan 31, 2015
Start here:

Post in the Systems forum.

Also, take a look at these as a starting point, and build upon those parts lists.
Awesome! Thanks man!
As pointed out above, a significant upgrade will require not only a new motherboard, dd4r ram but also a new processor.
FWIW, there is little difference in performance between ddr3 and ddr4 ram with similar specs.
m.2 is a size specification for ssd devices, not a performance spec. m.2 is about the size of a stick of gum and mounts in a motherboard slot.
m.2 devices come in both sata and pcie flavors with pcie having much better sequential performance.

Now, as to what to look for, in an editing pc, the number of processing threads is probably what you should be looking for.
Your i7-3770K has 8.

Today, ryzen processors are the king of many cheap threads.
Current 3rd gen ryzen processors start at about $210 for a 12 thread processor,
$300 for a 16 thread processor, $400 for 24 threads and $700 for a 32 thread processor.
You might budget $200 or more for a current gen X570 based motherboard.
Many editing apps can use lots of ram. $150 will buy you 32gb; double that for 64gb.
All, in all, You can do very nicely with a 24 thread processor and 32 0r 64gb of ram.

On the intel side, you have to look at the upcoming 10th gen processors.
Ram and motherboard prices will be similar.
The release and performance numbers are imminent and it would be worth while to see what is there.
At the very least, the prices will be competitive ; Intel does not want to lose market share to amd.
Here is the lineup:

The top dog will be the i9-10900K and the i9-10900KF version without integrated graphics.
The suggested list tray prices look attractive, but I think there will be some initial price gouging and a shortage.
Ryzen does not overclock well. pretty much what you see advertised is what you get.
With intel, the K processors can run much faster if accompanied with a good cooler.

You might want to look at some Puget articles on photoshop recommendations like this: