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Next best/logical upgrade for my system?

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December 20, 2011 7:42:46 PM

Was wondering if you guys could give me some advice on what the next best upgrade would be for my current PC? Current specs are as follows:

CPU: Intel Core i5 750
Motherboard: EVGA P55 SLI
Memory: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Graphics: 2x Nvidia GTX 260 core 216 SP's
Power Supply: Antec 850 Watt
Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1 TB
Sound Card: HT Omega Striker
Case: Coolermaster Storm Sniper

To me the logical thing to do would be either upgrade my graphics card to a single 560Ti/570 or something else worthy over SLI or upgrade my hard drive to a SSD. I wish I could do both, but lacking funds at the moment I cannot. So what do you guys think would be my best option? Thanks for the help!



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a c 92 B Homebuilt system
December 20, 2011 8:20:53 PM

Upgrading to an SSD would make sense (you'd need to back up any critical data and reformat both drives first) but that's definitely a good idea.

Although what cooler are you using? You could invest in a good CPU cooler and OC your 750 to 4+GHz and beyond, and that would be a huge improvement as well.
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December 20, 2011 8:23:10 PM

I'm actually using a Noctua NH-C14 which is sort of a waste because I don't really know much about overclocking. Great cooler though!
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a c 92 B Homebuilt system
December 20, 2011 8:28:47 PM

shady06 said:
I'm actually using a Noctua NH-C14 which is sort of a waste because I don't really know much about overclocking. Great cooler though!


Yeah I'm still learning the ropes for OC'ing - it's not easy. :lol: 
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December 20, 2011 8:41:05 PM

It's funny, but there's nothing in your build that's overtly bogging you down.

SSD would probably make the most NOTICEABLE difference.
I kinda doubt you'd notice a big difference by upgrading your two 260s to a 560, maybe not even a 570. Can anyone else confirm?

You might even consider your CPU. It looks to be about a 2-year-old processor and the newer chips are supposed to be prreettttyyy nice.
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a c 92 B Homebuilt system
December 20, 2011 9:18:32 PM

ringzero said:
It's funny, but there's nothing in your build that's overtly bogging you down.

SSD would probably make the most NOTICEABLE difference.
I kinda doubt you'd notice a big difference by upgrading your two 260s to a 560, maybe not even a 570. Can anyone else confirm?

You might even consider your CPU. It looks to be about a 2-year-old processor and the newer chips are supposed to be prreettttyyy nice.


Are you talking SB or newer 1156? The P55 is still a good chipset - it's no X58 or Z68 but it's still pretty good for what it was, no question.

You might be right on the video card though - two 260s are about equivalent performance to what a single 470 brings. Still pretty good GPUs though.
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December 20, 2011 9:48:19 PM

Thanks for the suggestions and replies guys, I really appreciate it. I am pretty satisfied with my computer right now, but was just curious if I did decide to upgrade something where I should do so. CPU + mobo might be an option, but I was going to wait on Ivy Bridge to see how it compared with Sandy Bridge before going that route. I am not really having many problems running any games that I do play (SWTOR, WoW, BF3, MW3), but I do notice in BF3 when a lot of stuff is going on my FPS does dip some into the 30s, but it is still very much playable. I kind of figured SSD would be the best bet for something noticeable, but wanted to be sure.
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