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December 15, 2011 5:39:37 PM

Recently made an upgrade to my video card (4850 to 6870) and got the upgrade itch going again. Budget is $150, what would you upgrade next. Please not that if you can't tell by the hardware I already have, I prefer price/performance over what's the best available.

i5 750 (stock fan stock speeds)
MSI P55-GD55 mobo
2 sticks of Hyper X 2GB (1333)
Seagate Barracuda-ES 250gb
Asus Xonar DG
OCZ 650W ModXStream
21" Sony CRT @ 1600X1200 (still running strong, pref CRT to LCD)
Rest of the perifreals don't need upgrading

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December 15, 2011 6:07:25 PM

Not much you can upgrade there for $150. Maybe get an SSD. Or an aftermarket cooler to overclock that i5 750 with.

$150 is really right on the line as far as an SSD goes depending on what you were doing with it. I have a 120GB SSD and really wish it was larger. I have Windows, Office and a few games installed but I have to be careful about uninstalling older games when I get new ones or I run out of space fast.
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December 15, 2011 6:10:00 PM

SSD

by far, a SSD will give you the biggest improvement in performance. i would suggest saving up until a 128G crucial m4 is within budget.
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December 15, 2011 6:27:01 PM

SSDs are super nice. The only real performance gain you'll see there is Windows bootup and level-loading in games. I mean, of course reads/writes are faster across the board, but for me those are the big ones.

If you don't want an SSD, then get another HDD. I hesitate to say that because of the prices, but 250 GB is not much. You can get a 500GB for under $100.

but even before that, I'd upgrade your RAM to 1600 at 8GB. Like these are an epic deal:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Why do you prefer CRT screens?
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December 15, 2011 6:39:50 PM

HSF + overclock + more RAM or 120GB SSD

SSD for boot times & level loading
OC + RAM for overall performance increase

Somewhat hard to say which one is better without knowing what you do most of the time with it.

BUT, if you wait for after christmas specials, you might be able to squeeze all 3 upgrades!
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December 15, 2011 7:23:12 PM

dechy said:
HSF + overclock + more RAM or 120GB SSD

SSD for boot times & level loading
OC + RAM for overall performance increase

Somewhat hard to say which one is better without knowing what you do most of the time with it.

BUT, if you wait for after christmas specials, you might be able to squeeze all 3 upgrades!


This machine is just mainly used for playing games these days since I built another machine for file hosting/torrents.

Good point about the after Christmas. SSD would be nice but yea, I guess OC + RAM will actually see more performance boost for what I do.


ringzero said:
SSDs are super nice. The only real performance gain you'll see there is Windows bootup and level-loading in games. I mean, of course reads/writes are faster across the board, but for me those are the big ones.

If you don't want an SSD, then get another HDD. I hesitate to say that because of the prices, but 250 GB is not much. You can get a 500GB for under $100.

but even before that, I'd upgrade your RAM to 1600 at 8GB. Like these are an epic deal:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Why do you prefer CRT screens?


I have a TB slave drive and a separate file server, extra storage not necessary.

I don't like fixed pixel displays. LCD's are much better than they used to but I still prefer the look of CRT when it comes to gaming/movies. At work I like LCD's just not so much at home. I know I'll end up having to swap to LCD unless I get lucky and find a FW-900 in my budget but for now, Big Bertha will do.
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December 15, 2011 7:23:22 PM

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December 15, 2011 7:44:59 PM

with a good heatsink yoyu can run that i5 750 easily on 160x20 and those hyper x's should be stable enough running on 1600 so no real need to upgrade those unless you really want to push that CPU to it's limits...
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December 15, 2011 7:51:59 PM

I am waiting for my $100 rebate from ATT and $20 x2 from OCZ SSD rebate $30 rebate from ASUS 6950 lol i am going to buy another SSD.
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December 15, 2011 7:56:24 PM

henkbas said:
with a good heatsink yoyu can run that i5 750 easily on 160x20 and those hyper x's should be stable enough running on 1600 so no real need to upgrade those unless you really want to push that CPU to it's limits...


Yea, looks like that's what I'll do, Hyper 212 for cooling and upgrade the RAM. I'd like to run 12GB (have a couple VM's I sometimes run) but I'll have to double-check and make sure my old sticks aren't 1066. Save the rest for SSD/hybrid.

BTW, speeds are backwards compatible right? My chipset maxes at 1333 but 1600 is where the deals are at.
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December 15, 2011 8:09:12 PM

DDR3 is DDR3 so yeah... 1600's will run fine at 1333..
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December 15, 2011 8:16:20 PM

8GB (2x4GB) 1600 Cas Latency 9 RAM--don't go slower than that and don't pay more than $30 for it. You won't have to run it at 1333 because P55 boards are overclockable.

Heatsink such as the Hyper 212+ for $15 after rebate. That leaves you $105. Wait until a 120GB Sata III SSD can be had for that price or up your budget to $175 and get an Agility 3 for $130 AR or less.

Or, just go with a $90 90GB Corsair Force 3: http://slickdeals.net/permadeal/65414/newegg-90gb-corsa...
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December 15, 2011 10:40:00 PM

dalauder said:
8GB (2x4GB) 1600 Cas Latency 9 RAM--don't go slower than that and don't pay more than $30 for it. You won't have to run it at 1333 because P55 boards are overclockable.

Heatsink such as the Hyper 212+ for $15 after rebate. That leaves you $105. Wait until a 120GB Sata III SSD can be had for that price or up your budget to $175 and get an Agility 3 for $130 AR or less.

Or, just go with a $90 90GB Corsair Force 3: http://slickdeals.net/permadeal/65414/newegg-90gb-corsa...



Sounds like a great plan. Do you know if its worth going for the 212 evo over the 212+?
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