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Alienware Aurora R1 Desktop Upgrade

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February 27, 2014 1:30:43 PM

I am looking to upgrade my Alienware Aurora that I have had since NOV 2009. Completely replacing it is not finacially possible rigth now but my budget is around $600. I play COD, etc but have been out of the loop for over a year so not sure what the newer games are. I would like to be able to play new games at medium or higher. I am thinking along the lines of adding an SSD, upgrading the graphics card, and possibly newer RAM.
The specs for my system are:
CPU: i7 920 @ 2.66Ghz
Mobo: Alienware 0H869M
RAM: 6GB (3ea 2GB sticks)DDR3 at 1067MH
ATI Radeon HD 5870 1 GB
Aurora chasis with/ 875W power supply
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

I appreciate any help.
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February 27, 2014 1:37:42 PM

Sounds like a good bet. The SSD will make the system feel faster. Are you overclocking the i7 920 at all or planning on it?
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February 27, 2014 2:39:35 PM

I am not overclocking the 920 now but was considering it. Though I have no idea how it is done. I forgot to mention in my original post that the system also has the Alienware High Performance Liquid Cooling.
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February 28, 2014 8:46:15 AM

anthony95624 said:
I am not overclocking the 920 now but was considering it. Though I have no idea how it is done. I forgot to mention in my original post that the system also has the Alienware High Performance Liquid Cooling.


Well then you should be overclocking. The i7 920's are a wide varying bunch on what speeds you can get. I have mine at 3.8G at 1.2volts and the temps max out at 75C with hyper threading on.
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