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Next upgrade?

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  • Intel i7
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Last response: in Systems
June 5, 2010 5:18:10 PM

Hey forum! I currently have a build with:
HAF 932
Blu-ray Read/write
i7 920 @4ghz
xfx 5870 (900mhz core, 1300mhz mem)
evga x58 sli le
6gb corsair dominator 1600mhz
2x 500gb 7200rpm HDDs in raid 0
1000W corsair PSU

So my question is what should be my next upgrade?
5970 ($700 on newegg)
or
rampage III extreme ($285 on newegg)
or
i7 980x (i can get it for $700)
or
(after mobo upgrade) gskill 2200mhz 8gb ($340)
or
mod my case and install a water-cooling (aprox $400-600 depending on what I water-cool [like the GPU and adding another radiator])

and yes I have read ALLLL about water-cooling so please... no one say that I have to read up on water-cooling.

thanks guys!

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a b B Homebuilt system
June 5, 2010 9:35:01 PM

I'd go with Water Cooling and a second 5870 like Timop said. Or how about a solid state drive? They're a little expensive, but so is your rig, so I'm sure you could afford it. Massive performance benefits to be had there. :) 
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June 6, 2010 10:33:15 PM

well getting another 5870 would be more expensive because it would cost about twice for water-cooling them. ($420 for 5870 plus $220 for water-cooling both, but 5970 would be about $120 to water-cool and If i sold my current card it may be much cheaper and a simpler build.)
And I still have everything from when I bought it including plastic... could I sell it?

was that logical?
Still thanks for the advice!

Also, what would I do after that? (if anything)
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June 7, 2010 9:21:12 AM

I think the best single upgrade for your system is an ssd. Great performance boost.

then you might go graphics upgrade/crossfire and/or water cooling further down the track
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June 8, 2010 4:39:43 AM

just a boot drive or for everything.. because i've used about 250 gigs of space up with mostly games... And from what I see the Crucial C300 is awesome, but to suffice my needs I would require at least 2 and for the best result 3... but that would cost around $2k...
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a b B Homebuilt system
June 8, 2010 10:12:43 AM

SSD for the games you play most.
Otherwise there is little to do, well you can do all sorts but aside from spending money and whatever fun you get from tinkering with your machine, you will get no real benefits, aside from an SSD anything you spend will be money for nothing in terms of performance as there should be nothing you can't play at high settings with that rig
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