I'm about to get my tax return back and I'm planning on using approximately $200 of it to upgrade my PC. Problem is, I can't decide what to invest in. Here are a few ideas I had, but I'm open to suggestions. I use my computer mostly as a TV DVR and FPS gaming (with some rts on the side : P).
-2tb HDD. (my current 1.5TB is about half full) I would use this mostly for TV recordings.
-SSD for boot and games (need suggestions)
-Water cooling for a bit of OC action on the CPU (temp usually runs around 42C idle and up to 51C gaming)
-New PSU (modular cabling and higher wattage -- currently Raidmax 630w)
-USB 3.0/SATA III controller ($30) on Newegg.
Thanks in advance for the suggestions.
Phenom II x4 955
6 GB OCZ DDR3-1600 (oc)
XFX Radeon HD 4890
Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB HDD
Thermaltake Spin Q cooler
Raidmax 630w PSU
Win7 Home Premium
Thats not much of an upgrade. His 4890 would perform better then the 5770. I'd do that if he was also buying the extra monitors for Eyefinity, but that would be more then $200.
This is a tough. The biggest problems you listed is the PSU (Raidmax?) and your harddrive. If 1.5TB isn't enough, then buying another is a good idea. So is the PSU. Buying a modular PSU that has a better efficiency is a good idea. So those are my votes.
Seeing as your rig overall is rather good, consider some of the "rich man" upgrades. New performance keyboard/mouse? Higher end monitor? 5.1/7.1 speakers? Chair? Desk? Look at the rest of your setup and see what else you could use.
4745454b - I know. The high end video cards are more than $200.00.
Upgrading to a high quality power supply sounds good. I'd recommend either the Seasonic X650 Gold or X750 Gold. Both are brand new designs that very very quiet, modular, and gold certified for energy efficiency.
Yeah, those are nice PSUs. Better then raidmax, and gold certified. Those should put out less heat and use less electricity then most other PSU. Meaning that PSU could actually pay for itself over time.
Hmm... the new PSU seems to be the prevailing opinion and I'm okay with that. I mean, who doesn't want modular cabling? Oh and the Raidmax PSU came with the case (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...). I like the idea of that... saving for a new 4890 during the summer and maybe someone will spot me a new HDD for my birthday in Aug : D. I only use my DVR during school -- free cable records much better than no cable (Satellite at home).
Hmm... very true. Newegg only carries one now. I hadn't thought about that. This may be a stupid question, but I don't feel like looking up the answer -- can you run a 5000 series card with the 4890 and have the work together in crossfire?