$300 - 1 upgrade

so, as it states I have $300.00 and I want to get the best bang for my buck.... so far I feel that my Processer and my HDD is the best place to start, I will begin by listing my specs and letting you decide.

this is where I think I am at, and the 2 upgrades I feel I should get... please let me know your opinions.

Asus ML238H 23" 1920 x 1080 2ms Full HD Swivel and Tilt adjustable LEDBacklight LCD Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 10,000,000 :1
Intel Core I-7 920 LGA1366 2.67GHz CPU
ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI 700W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon 5870 1GB


What I am leaning towards is upgrading the CPU to LGA1366 CoreI-7 950 for $294.00

another thought I had was getting a 15000 RPM HDD specifically the Seagate Cheatah.... please let me know what you all think. here is links to both.

CPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115211&cm_re=Core_i-7_950-_-19-115-211-_-Product

HDD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148634&cm_re=Seagate_Cheatah-_-22-148-634-_-Product

THANKS IN ADVANCE
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  1. This topic has been moved from the section Opinions and Experiences to section Systems by Grumpy9117
  2. No need to upgrade the CPU, just overclock the 920!
    Why buy a 300GB drive for $280? You can get SSD for your OS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167031 and a good storage drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136514&cm_sp=DailyDeal-_-22-136-514-_-Product for less and get a faster system.
  3. VERY NICE! I haven't been following SSD as well as I probably should have, this is awesome stuff, i think I am leaning towards double SSD raid 0 so far.
  4. so let me get this straight real quick.

    Right now I have 2 WD 500g drives I could use as storage. What I would probably end up doing is reformatting both drives and putting them in a mirror raid for storage (Unless you feel something else is better let me know. I am still not that great when it comes to being Techy.) and then get 2 of the SSD drives and use them primarily only for my OS and games I primarily play? Is this accurate?

    Please advise!

    Also I am not great at OC'ing, I would like to OC my I7 920 to a safe peramiter without burning it out. Can someone provide me a good resource to look at?
  5. Okay, so far this is where I am at, out of these 2 I am trying to debate whether or not it's worth spending the extra buck on space if I am not going to be putting much on there.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231398

    or

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227550
  6. Game installs eat up space fairly quick. If only for OS I would select 60GB
  7. rolli59 said:
    Game installs eat up space fairly quick. If only for OS I would select 60GB


    The only game I would install on the SSD is WoW, which I understand it's over like 20g or so it's self right now.

    but 60g with OS should more then handle that right?


    I wouldn't get the fast load times with it on the other HDD, correct?
  8. You won't get fast load times if WoW is not on the other HDD the non SSD one I'm not entirely sure if OS+WoW would fit on a 60gb ssd I mean I don't have one but I believe it would :)
  9. 60 GB should work for OS and WOW. Windows 7 takes up between 15-20GB
  10. rolli59 said:
    60 GB should work for OS and WOW. Windows 7 takes up between 15-20GB


    Why not just get a bigger SSD? I understand price may be a concern but I just bought http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227590&cm_re=vertex_2-_-20-227-590-_-Product
    and it is less than 300$

    Plus from what I've come to understand through other vets on Tom's is that the bigger the SSD the longer it will last before you start seeing decrease in performance.
  11. i'd suggest going with 2 of the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227550 in raid 0, why would you buy double the size if only 1 instead of 2 and in raid0..

    just search around for overclocking, you'll find people specificly using that cpu i think, better than someone here offering general overclocking info

    and dont let people here tell you what to buy for your system, make your own decision
  12. Goko said:
    i'd suggest going with 2 of the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227550 in raid 0, why would you buy double the size if only 1 instead of 2 and in raid0..

    just search around for overclocking, you'll find people specificly using that cpu i think, better than someone here offering general overclocking info

    and dont let people here tell you what to buy for your system, make your own decision


    Well seeing how is that he asked everyone what to buy I would assume he's going to go by what everyone is telling him.

    There is some nice overclocking sections here on Tom's. Just go over to the CPU forums and you will find a guide for pretty much anything on how to overclock.
  13. my new ocz power supply is comming and i have a amd 965 be so ill look..

    but really, take what people say and read stuff and feedback from customers on newegg and look for good reviews.. i think it leads you to a good decision for YOUR system - well i think it did for me.. im a noob <.< - but i do know ssd/new graphics card/water cooling and a new case is for my future if i want upgrades
  14. Just wanted to say thanks guys, i have decided on going with the Gskill 80gb SSD x2 for raid 0.

    I am excited to try these bad boys out.
  15. Enjoy!
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