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March 12, 2010 12:36:24 AM

I built myself a gaming computer over the summer (August) and now find myself with a little extra cash and am wondering how I could best improve it. My specs:

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P AM3 DDR3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard

Video Card: HIS Hightech H489F1GP Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

RAM: Patriot Viper 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PVS34G1600LLKN

Optical Drive: Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - OEM

Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX

Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7

Case: COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit Enterprise

What should I spend my money on to kick this up a notch? Or should I hold out for a while to let prices come down?

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a c 113 B Homebuilt system
March 12, 2010 12:43:42 AM

Depends on how much a little cash is.

You could get a good cooler and overclock the CPU.

You could get two 5770s, although that would be about as much as you would want to load up the 650TX.

You could get one 5850.
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a c 113 B Homebuilt system
March 12, 2010 12:45:17 AM

Personally, I'm spending the extra cash on water-cooling. Another option might be an SSD though... improve load times in games as well as boot times.
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a b B Homebuilt system
March 12, 2010 1:19:41 AM

Proximon said:
Depends on how much a little cash is.

^+1...

Without knowing what cash you have to work with it is hard to recommend upgrades.

In addition to Proximon's list... A bigger better monitor
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March 12, 2010 1:24:28 AM

Since you have a 64bit OS you could also throw some more RAM in there, or like Proximon said an SSD
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March 12, 2010 1:48:50 AM

Re: how much cash -- I don't really know, which is why I didn't give a firm number in the OP. I guess I'd say less than $200 but I could be flexible if there's something that could give me a real performance boost. I only spent $990 on this whole system, so I'm a bit reluctant to drop too much cash upgrading any one component unless it will make a huge difference.

On the subject of SSDs, yeah I was looking at those. Particularly the "OCZ Vertex Turbo OCZSSD2-1VTXT60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive" for $239 from Newegg seems appealing. Or maybe it's 30GB version for only $100.

My only wonder on SSDs is how fast their price is coming down. Is that the sort of thing I could wait a few months on and end up saving a bundle on?

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A bigger better monitor

Well, I have a Acer H213H 21.5 LCD that i'm happy with.
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March 13, 2010 12:19:14 PM

Well for less then 200 you could get another 4GB of ram...

On the SSD front I was just listening to the PC perspective podcast and they were talking about a 32gb SSD as a boot, but after win7 and office you don't have much room, (i.e. you wouldn't be able to install ME 2)

After a quick look on newegg this Corsair for 175 it's 64gb so it would make a good boot drive and I have heard it is like night and day
but I'm with proximon and it's still $2.75 a GB
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