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August 2, 2011 7:34:48 PM

Hey everyone, I currently have a system that I built about 2 years ago, and it's still holding up nicely. My hard drives are becoming outdated and I'd like to upgrade the system to meet my current and future needs.

I haven't kept up to date with current hardware specs, but after reading some reviews I feel like I'm somewhat up to date. I used to game a lot, but lately I've been using my computer to rip blu ray movies, and encode them using handbrake. This means I will need plenty of storage space, with possibly a primary SSD to handle the ripping/OS/games (I primarily play modern warfare or other FPS games).

I'm going to be getting a boxee next week, so the computer will stream my movie collection to the TV in my room. Here is my current setup:

1 x COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

1 x EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

1 x EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

1 x CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

1 x Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601920

1 x G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ 1 x Western Digital Caviar

It's currently running on 2 SATA 500GB hard drives in RAID0, and I will need some sort of redundancy with my new configuration, most likely RAID5. I also have a 24" monitor so I'm good to go in that category.

My question is, what parts should I go about upgrading to make this the media workhorse that can store all of my files and also play games? It currently takes about an hour to rip a blu ray to my hdd, then about 4 hours to encode it.

Thanks!
August 2, 2011 11:29:21 PM

By no means a bad setup. Biggest gain would be from overclocking the CPU so a good aftermarket cooler would be worth it. A decent size SSD (120gb) is a good idea and storage drives is just how big do you want 1TB drives are readily available for about $60
August 2, 2011 11:36:29 PM

I already have the cooler master v8 on the CPU, but the hardware listed above is my current hardware, should I just upgrade the GPU/storage?
August 2, 2011 11:51:02 PM

That is what I would do and overclock that CPU should go easily past 3GHz. SSD will give a big boost in load times.
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