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Priority Upgrading: What to upgrade next to get the most bang for my buck? SSD vs Cooling Solution

Hello everyone. I recently built my FX-6300 system a month or so ago and now I'm itching to squeeze more performance out of my rig! :bounce:

I've caught the OC bug and I need a cooler machine!!!! lol

With that being said I'm caught with a dilemma. I only have the ability to take just one of the upgrade paths listed below, as thats all my budget will allow this month.

What route should I go first in order to achieve the best bang-for-the-buck?


Upgrade <A>

~SSD Upgrade Route!!~

Samsung 840 Pro 128 GB SSD
-or-
Samsung 840 120 GB SSD

Source For Comparison: ( here )

Upgrade <B>

~Heatsink/Fan Cooler Route~

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
-or-
Your Suggestion!


*OR*

~Closed Loop CPU Watercooler Route~ (I know the prices differ a lot, but I'm very new to watercooling and have extensively been going off reviews and forum threads)

Antec KUHLER H2O 920 Liquid Cooling System
-or-
CORSAIR Hydro Series H80i Water Cooler
-or-
CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Water Cooler

Either routes of "Upgrade <B>" would include
3 x ENERMAX T.B. Silence UCTB12N-R 120mm Red LED Case Fans

My current build can be found in detail on my profile or by hovering over my picture!

After finding this article ( here ) I realized that the only way I can squeeze the true potential out of my FX-6300 was by OCing it...and to get it to 4.864GHz from 3.5 will require a pretty massive cooling solution, methinks!

In closing I want to say that whichever upgrade plan I go, I intend to get the other shortly there after... If I go with SSD I will be getting a CPU cooler (CL watercooling/aftermarket heatsink and fan) shortly after....So this question is more of "Which should I do first?" as I'm looking for the best bang for the buck.

Thanks!
theCynicalMonk
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  1. Best answer
    Me personally, the SSD + 212 EVO. No question. The 212 is cheap enough to replace with water later if you really, really need it.

    But the SSD will make the system pop.
  2. Those CLC are not true water cooling. I agree with USAFRet.
  3. USAFRet said:
    Me personally, the SSD + 212 EVO. No question. The 212 is cheap enough to replace with water later if you really, really need it.

    But the SSD will make the system pop.


    Thanks! Yea, I think that the SSD would be my best bet immediately.
    My only worry with the 212 EVO is this...


    Source: here

    I know that these stats are for a Core i7..but heat is heat, innit?
  4. 840 pro has different flash. is faster. that would be my choice.....
  5. do the SSD first as it will keep you amazed at the speed for at least a month to get you through till you can do the cooling solution.

    as to the cooling solution, do a closed loop water cooling solution. If your case has the room for it, go for one with an 240x120mm radiator. The OC you are looking for will require major cooling solution and the 212 EVO will not get you there. Yes it is a great cooler but it can not handle tons of heat that will be produced by the OC you want.
  6. Huh... they left out Noctua. I wonder why...
  7. ksham said:
    Huh... they left out Noctua. I wonder why...


    heavy is one great reason why not to do a Noctua. ;)
  8. Sweet guys, thanks for the input! Ill get the 840 Pro for now then go with either the 212 EVO or a CL Cooler...I'm gonna sit on that for a little...browse a few more benchmarks, reviews, and threads.
  9. Right ... because the Logisys Gamer Storm is so much lighter. /sarcasm
  10. ksham said:
    Right ... because the Logisys Gamer Storm is so much lighter. /sarcasm


    and was not in the options mentioned. :pfff:
  11. bgunner said:
    ksham said:
    Right ... because the Logisys Gamer Storm is so much lighter. /sarcasm


    and was not in the options mentioned. :pfff:

    I was talking about the benchmark chart that thecynicalmonk posted.
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