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October 23, 2010 12:28:27 AM

Okay so i have a computer that is about 9 months old and i am considering getting a new part or two for x-mas this year. I know it is a long ways away so i am not looking at specific parts, but more of a which component would help my pc out the most.
Here is a list of my current specs.

1 x ASUS M4A77TD AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
1 x HIS H587F1GDG Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity
1 x Thermaltake TR2 W0388RU 600W ATX 12V v2.2 Power Supply
1 x AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto 3.1GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Processor HDZ550WFGIBOX
1 x G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK
2 x Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
1 x Acer X213Hbid 21.5" 5ms HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor

The processor is unlocked, but not over-clocked at all since i do not have a after-market hsf.
I do have another monitor that is currently borrowed to a friend, but it is nothing special.
The monitor is about 15 inches and runs at 1024x768(if i remember correctly). I just use it as to monitor temps and such during games.

So basically i would like to know what i could get to help out computer the most. I know RAM is never a bad thing to get, but any advice is great.
I also am considering getting an after-market cooler for my CPU since i cannot read the temps with it unlocked, so any advice on that front is much appreciated as well.
a c 104 B Homebuilt system
October 23, 2010 12:21:52 PM

The biggest benefit would be to go from the X2 to a X4 (unless your X2 is unlocked and working fine). A SSD for the OS would speed things up as well.
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October 26, 2010 11:12:15 PM

rolli59 said:
The biggest benefit would be to go from the X2 to a X4 (unless your X2 is unlocked and working fine). A SSD for the OS would speed things up as well.


I do happen to have my x2 unlocked to an x4. So you think the best bet would be to get a SSD? if i do go that route should i just have the OS on it or would it be alright to have a few games on it as well?
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a c 104 B Homebuilt system
October 27, 2010 12:00:22 AM

That would depend on size, if big enough a few games would be fine.
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
October 27, 2010 1:06:19 AM

and SSD is a good idea, I mean your system, really, will run any current game smoothly, IMO. Maybe an after market hsf. I mean no temp monitoring is a real down side so... Yeah. But the Hyper 212+ would be a great bargain upgrade for hsf. Since its only 30$ on amazon and 23$ if your near a microcenter.

Now the SSD is good. The option I'd picking is the A-Data S599 64gb SSD. Mainly because for only 100$ (cheaper than most at its size) It runs to the same speed as the OCZ Vertex 2's with the new sandforce. So... Yeah...

Review S599 100gb (still you can apply the same idea): http://www.guru3d.com/article/adata-s599-100gb-ssd-revi...
S599 64gb: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Review hyper 212+: http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...
Hyper 212+: http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Univ...
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October 27, 2010 4:57:03 PM

aznshinobi said:
and SSD is a good idea, I mean your system, really, will run any current game smoothly, IMO. Maybe an after market hsf. I mean no temp monitoring is a real down side so... Yeah. But the Hyper 212+ would be a great bargain upgrade for hsf. Since its only 30$ on amazon and 23$ if your near a microcenter.

Now the SSD is good. The option I'd picking is the A-Data S599 64gb SSD. Mainly because for only 100$ (cheaper than most at its size) It runs to the same speed as the OCZ Vertex 2's with the new sandforce. So... Yeah...

Review S599 100gb (still you can apply the same idea): http://www.guru3d.com/article/adata-s599-100gb-ssd-revi...
S599 64gb: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Review hyper 212+: http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...
Hyper 212+: http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Univ...



Yeah i think i will be getting the hyper 212+ for sure i just dont like not knowing what my temps are at...
I also like what is on the review about that SSD. How big woudl you suggest if i use it as a boot drive and about 3 games? SC2, League of Legends and any other one i am playing at the time?
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a c 104 B Homebuilt system
October 27, 2010 7:55:41 PM

64GB should handle that fine just as long you don't exceed 90% used disk space. .
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October 27, 2010 8:08:44 PM

thanks all going with hsf and then ssd if i have enough money
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October 27, 2010 8:08:55 PM

Best answer selected by Xailos.
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
October 27, 2010 9:51:36 PM

like rolli said. It should be fine. Plus if I'm correct, SC2 and League of Legends are around 7gbs each, total it'd only be like 21gbs if you had 3 games plus Win7 so... You'd be good.
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