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Hey guys, Looking to upgrade, and not sure what first.

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May 30, 2013 1:58:56 PM

Hey, thanks for checking out my post, I appreciate any feedback.

I built my computer with the help of this forum a few months ago. I built a mid tier system for gaming, to be upgraded later. I've finally got a little bit of extra money put aside for it, and I was wondering what I should upgrade on it. I'm leaning towards getting a nice SSD.

My specs are:
i5 3570k
Extreme4 mobo
hyper 212 evo
gskill sniper series ram 1877 (2x4gb)
gtx 660 SC
650w rosewill capstone 80+ gold PSU
1tb hdd
generic asus optical drive.

What would you guys recommend I throw a couple of hundred dollars at as my first upgrade?

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May 30, 2013 2:03:31 PM

yes i would add a ssd capstone is very well regarded for a budget psu
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May 30, 2013 2:06:51 PM

I agree with your assessment of the system, an SSD would be the best upgrade at this point. Make sure you get one that is 128GB or larger for anything smaller, space goes to quickly. Maybe down the line add a second 660 SC for the added GPU power but you have a great rig now so add the SSD and really liven the beast up a bit.
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May 30, 2013 2:09:55 PM

legokill101 said:
yes i would add a ssd capstone is very well regarded for a budget psu


I'm a bit lost as to what size I should buy. I make videos for youtube, so I record, edit and render large files. I think I want to put my OS, and programs on my SSD, but I don't know what size to get that would be sufficient enough. would 120gb be large enough for the type of programs I use? I use the adobe master collection, and pretty typical programs. I will set my output to record to my HDD which is fine.

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May 30, 2013 2:11:46 PM

bgunner said:
I agree with your assessment of the system, an SSD would be the best upgrade at this point. Make sure you get one that is 128GB or larger for anything smaller, space goes to quickly. Maybe down the line add a second 660 SC for the added GPU power but you have a great rig now so add the SSD and really liven the beast up a bit.


What type of SSD would you recommend? I literally am very inexperienced with them. I was thinking at least 120 gb, but I'd like to keep my price point under $200? Also, based on my specs...would I need to upgrade my PSU to add a 2nd gtx 660 for sli?
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May 30, 2013 2:25:40 PM

Delbs said:
bgunner said:
I agree with your assessment of the system, an SSD would be the best upgrade at this point. Make sure you get one that is 128GB or larger for anything smaller, space goes to quickly. Maybe down the line add a second 660 SC for the added GPU power but you have a great rig now so add the SSD and really liven the beast up a bit.


What type of SSD would you recommend? I literally am very inexperienced with them. I was thinking at least 120 gb, but I'd like to keep my price point under $200? Also, based on my specs...would I need to upgrade my PSU to add a 2nd gtx 660 for sli?


The 840 pro are great SSD's at the moment. quoted from new egg "The fastest, most efficient SSD we've seen." – Tom’s Hardware
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

as to the power supply question. It would depend on what wattage of PSU you have if you would need a bigger one to add a second card. Usually i recommend a 750W PSU for SLI/CrossFire but many newer cards can be done on less now.
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May 30, 2013 2:34:38 PM

bgunner said:
Delbs said:
bgunner said:
I agree with your assessment of the system, an SSD would be the best upgrade at this point. Make sure you get one that is 128GB or larger for anything smaller, space goes to quickly. Maybe down the line add a second 660 SC for the added GPU power but you have a great rig now so add the SSD and really liven the beast up a bit.


What type of SSD would you recommend? I literally am very inexperienced with them. I was thinking at least 120 gb, but I'd like to keep my price point under $200? Also, based on my specs...would I need to upgrade my PSU to add a 2nd gtx 660 for sli?


The 840 pro are great SSD's at the moment. quoted from new egg "The fastest, most efficient SSD we've seen." – Tom’s Hardware
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

as to the power supply question. It would depend on what wattage of PSU you have if you would need a bigger one to add a second card. Usually i recommend a 750W PSU for SLI/CrossFire but many newer cards can be done on less now.


I forgot, sorry. I have a 650 w psu.
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May 30, 2013 2:36:42 PM

you should be fine to add another GPU if you want.
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May 30, 2013 2:38:44 PM

bgunner said:
you should be fine to add another GPU if you want.


Awesome, thanks for the advice!

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May 30, 2013 2:54:15 PM

A SSD will be a most satisfying upgrade. Not much help for gaming though.
Plan on <$1 pergb. I suggest a 240gb ssd. Intel and Samsung would be my first choices based on return rates:
http://www.behardware.com/articles/881-7/components-ret...
From a performance point of view, all modern SSD's perform equally well in normal desktop operations.
Ignore synthetic benchmarks as a selection criteria.

A 650w psu should be ok for GTX660 in sli.
http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm

As an alternative, sell the GTX660 and replace it with a GTX770.

For editing/rendering, upgrade to 16gb if you can.

Or... do you have a really nice IPS monitor? Or a second monitor?
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May 30, 2013 3:25:01 PM

geofelt said:
A SSD will be a most satisfying upgrade. Not much help for gaming though.
Plan on <$1 pergb. I suggest a 240gb ssd. Intel and Samsung would be my first choices based on return rates:
http://www.behardware.com/articles/881-7/components-ret...
From a performance point of view, all modern SSD's perform equally well in normal desktop operations.
Ignore synthetic benchmarks as a selection criteria.

A 650w psu should be ok for GTX660 in sli.
http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm

As an alternative, sell the GTX660 and replace it with a GTX770.

For editing/rendering, upgrade to 16gb if you can.

Or... do you have a really nice IPS monitor? Or a second monitor?


I have dual monitors, one is a asus 1080p one, the second is a 1600x900 aoc one, eventually I will have matching asus ones.
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