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September 17, 2010 7:18:47 PM

Looking for opinions on what I should upgrade next. I have some ideas, but I wanted to see what others thought. I am listing all this from memory, so it may not be exactly correct.

MB: Asus P5N-E SLI
CPU: C2D E8400 running at 3.5 Ghz
CPUFan: Xigmatek HDT
Mem: 2x2Gb Patriot DDR2 LLk 800Mhz
GPU: Evga GTX260 896mb
PSU: 650w Corsair
HD1: SSD 64Gb Patriot (Operating System and current favorite game)
HD2: 400Gb (Re-installable programs)
HD3: 2Tb Raid 0 array (Data files)

OS: Win7 Ultimate 64bit/Ubuntu 10.04.1
Mon: Samsung 27"

I typically just use this for work stuff, but I occasionally play games like Starcraft II, MS FSX, Borderlands, Halo2 and a few others. It works fast and I really don't have any complaints about it, but I want to keep it updated.

What should my next upgrade be or should I wait a while longer before doing anything?

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a b B Homebuilt system
September 17, 2010 7:53:12 PM

Wait. A c2q overclocked would help with games like SC2 in large battles, but if your performance is good enough now you shoudl wait for 6 months and let intel and AMD release their next generation of CPUs and ATIs next generation GPUs. At that point see what pricing is like.
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September 17, 2010 8:10:00 PM

I would have to agree with the above post. The computer you have now is fine. Just wait till next year and build another computer if you have the funds.
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 17, 2010 8:54:00 PM

+1 to dnd.

If you really need to upgrade now, I'd look at either another GTX 260 in SLI (if the PSU can handle it) or a GTX 460 (it runs Starcraft 2 very well). With a potential GTX 490 around the corner, the 460s could drop in price... :) 
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a c 104 B Homebuilt system
September 17, 2010 10:04:02 PM

That samsung at 1920 x 1080 or higher resolution. You would benefit from stronger GPU as suggested above.
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a c 136 B Homebuilt system
September 18, 2010 2:59:56 AM

I also dont think an upgrade is a good idea . Wait for newer technology

But your set up is nuts . You have data on a RAID 0 array making data loss at least twice as likely , and you have programs on a relatively slow 400 gig single drive
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September 20, 2010 5:37:30 AM

Sorry, meant raid 1 for the data files. The 400gb drive is for programs that are not frequently used. I keep office and other stuff like that on that drive.

I was kind of thinking about getting another 260, but the 460's are only a few bucks more. I guess I will just sit tight on it for now.

With the 260, I can run SC2 at 1920x1200 at max settings with no lag or hesitation at all.

Thank you for the input.
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 20, 2010 9:48:17 AM

Yup! I wanna say :
I also agree with the others.
No upgrade is necessary for your rig at this moment, just wait untill next year.
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September 27, 2010 3:45:53 AM

Best answer selected by bcdudley.
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