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December 29, 2010 9:20:32 AM

Hi Guys. Always like the good advice you guys give.

Ive had some money for christmas and thinking of spending £100-£200 on upgrading my comp ($150-$300 i think).

My current set up is;

CPU: i5 750 @ 4Ghz

PSU: 700w OCZ Stealthstream

RAM: 4gb 1600 mhz g.skill ram

MOBO: GIGABYTE p55a-ud3

GPUs: 2 x GIGABYTE 460 gtx 1gb in SLI (normally leave them on stock settings)


Now im thinking about SSDs, either 60gb or maybe 128gb;

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD...

http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/newsletter?productI...



Or buying another couple of sticks of ram;

http://www.microdirect.co.uk/home/product/42596/G-Skill...



My only worries are if i have enough power?

will a 60gb ssd be enough for my steam account (some games likes mw2 and black ops)?

will another 4gb of ram give me a decent performance increase for the cost?

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a b B Homebuilt system
December 29, 2010 9:29:45 AM

4GB is enough for gaming currently; my own personal 2 cents on SSDs is that they are expensive way to shave a few seconds of OS/game level load times, but, your money, so is your call.
December 29, 2010 10:37:02 AM

ok so maybe i might stick to my current set up and save the upgrade for another time

I wouldnt get any performance boost in games apart from level load times right?
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 29, 2010 4:49:07 PM

Adding more RAM won't do anything for you in gaming. I have 6GB and rarely use more than 3.75.

700W is more than enough power for your system (look at my signature).

The best use for a SSD is a boot drive (until they get bigger and cheaper). Your OS will boot faster, and other programs on the drive will load more quickly. If you do get one, get 64 or more; I only use mine as a boot drive and have about 10Gb left because 64bit takes up more space.
December 29, 2010 4:51:52 PM

ok thats some useful info thankyou.

I think ill stick with my current set up then until SSDs come down in price

thanks again!
a b B Homebuilt system
December 29, 2010 5:03:20 PM

I will no longer build a system for myself that does not use a SSD as the boot drive. You can get a 128GB drive with a Sandforce controller for a little over $200 now. Especially with Steam putting games on it, I wouldn't go any smaller than 90GB, which isn't all that much cheaper.
December 29, 2010 7:40:56 PM

Your motherboard only allows x8/x4 pcie and you are doing SLI, not full potential. What are you thinking?
December 30, 2010 8:56:26 AM

Onus said:
I will no longer build a system for myself that does not use a SSD as the boot drive. You can get a 128GB drive with a Sandforce controller for a little over $200 now. Especially with Steam putting games on it, I wouldn't go any smaller than 90GB, which isn't all that much cheaper.


Yes I think i should have installed an ssd when i upgraded before. I may still look into the 128gb ones. Although would it make a difference installing it in the hot swap bay on the top of my pc or in a normally bay with a bracket? Im thinking the hot swap bay may be better for keeping temps down and air control.

Pic of my case below

http://pcper.com/images/news/antec-df85.jpg

thanks

Toronto said:
Your motherboard only allows x8/x4 pcie and you are doing SLI, not full potential. What are you thinking?



sorry i quoted the wrong MOBO in the original post. its the one in my sig which is 16x/8x so cards are running at about 95% roughly. researched it alot before buying both cards and the difference between 16x and 8x on the second is minimal apparantly


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