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July 29, 2010 6:03:54 PM

These are the specs for my machine, what should I upgrade first? and if I chose to get a new graphics card should I stay with a crossfire setup or get a single card?


224-6493 1 Alienware Aurora Desktop
317-4086 1 Overclocked Intel Core i7 930 (3.36GHz, 8MB Cache)
317-2663 1 6GB Triple Channel 1333Mhz DDR3
330-6518 1 No Keyboard
320-7810 1 No Monitor
320-8971 1 Dual ATI Radeon HD 5670
341-0491 1 1TB RAID 0 (2x 500GB SATA-II, 7,200 RPM, 16MB Cache HDDs)
313-8322 1 Cosmic Black, Alienware Aurora Chassis, 875W PSU
421-2064 1 Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
420-9691 1 DataSafe Local BackUp 2.0 Basic
420-6436 1 PC-Restore, Dim/Insp
317-2818 1 Accessory Kit, Aurora, Eng
330-4769 1 Dell Resource DVD with Application Backup
330-6517 1 No Mouse
313-8750 1 AlienFX Color, Quasar Blue
410-1867 1 ADOBE READER 9.0 MULTI- LANGUAGE
313-8339 1 Single Drive: 24X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability
421-0975 1 NERO 9, ANW
421-2714 1 Cyberlink Power DVD 8.3 Playback with Kit
313-8948 1 Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio
330-6348 1 Automatic Updates: On
421-1427 1 Alien Cyborg
906-5260 1 Dell Limited Hardware Warranty 7X24 Technical Support, Initial Year
905-6137 1 Dell Limited Hardware Warranty Plus In-Home Service [after Remote Diagnosis], Initial Year
906-6980 1 In-home Service after Remote Diagnosis, Initial Year
988-7347 1 No Warranty beyond 1 year
990-8029 1 1 Year Limited Warranty and Next Business Day,Desktop
421-1721 1 Soft Contracts,Banktec Care,Alienware
330-0172 1 S and P Drop-in-Box Marcom forDHS Desktops
317-1904 1 Alienware High-Performance Liquid Cooling
421-1438 1 Alienhead Chrome Red
421-1443 1 Steam and Portal Factory Installed
421-1444 1 World of Warcraft Preinstall Edition

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July 29, 2010 6:43:32 PM

General upgrade rules are RAM-CPU-Graphics Card in that order. Then if your worried about Hard Drive space then the Hard Drive or if your looking for speed your looking for Solid State Drives. You could also upgrade your cooling situtation to higher RPM fan speeds or larger fans in general. Possibly even a new CPU Cooler or Memory Coolers along with Hard Drive Coolers it's really up to you because the fact you would know more then others whats going on with your computer.

As for the Single or Dual GPU question, I would always go Single GPU because the fact that the Second Card usally runs at a lower Slot Speed, but if your Mother Board does run at 16x - 16x then you will be fine.

Now cards are getting so nice and their running Dual GPUs on Single Cards that theres really no point of running Dual cards and now the FERMI GPUs are extremely advance and the CUDA Technology is really a neat thing.

Well I hope this helps you out. Any other questions just ask.
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July 29, 2010 7:12:53 PM

awesome, thank you for the help.
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July 30, 2010 11:10:24 AM

@ easymark

Why don't you mark this as solved, if you think somebody has genuinely helped you ???
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July 31, 2010 2:10:15 AM

calguyhunk said:
@ easymark

Why don't you mark this as solved, if you think somebody has genuinely helped you ???


good plan!

wait where do I do that at?
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July 31, 2010 2:45:10 AM

Please select a "best answer". Click on the "select as best answer" button against the answer / member who you think has helped you the most. That's how you do it.

Btw, welcome to tom's
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July 31, 2010 4:49:53 AM

Thanks for helping him out calguyhunk.
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July 31, 2010 5:13:27 AM

Unfortunately, this is a discussion type thread not a question, if there are thumbs up and down there is no best answer unfortunately.
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August 1, 2010 10:23:31 PM

Best answer selected by easymark26.
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August 1, 2010 10:24:21 PM

fixed
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