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March 28, 2012 4:29:26 AM


I have an extra $200 that I can put towards my current system. I was wondering what you thought the best upgrade should be to improve gaming. I mainly use my computer for gaming and watching movies. My current system is as follows

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500k @ 4.1GHz
Cooler: Cooler Master 212+
PSU: Seasonic x760 80+ Gold
Case: Fractal Design R3
MB: AsRock Z68 Extreme 4 Gen3
Graphics Card: Powercolor 6950 2GB with thermalright Shaman Cooler
RAM: 8Gb G Skill Rip Jaws
SSD: 120Gb Vertex 2
HDD: 2TB WD Green
Optical: Optiarc 22x DVD+/- RW
Sound: Asus Xonar D1

Would another 8Gb RAM improve things a great deal? From what I have been reading it doesn't seem to make much of a difference. The other thing I was thinking was changing the SSD to a SATA 3 perhaps? My vertex 2 is unfortunately one of the later models which is slightly slower than the earlier ones. A second 6950 unfortunately won't fit in due to the thermalright shaman. I am willing to upgrad the graphics card but it needs to be as silent as it is now with the thermalright shaman. Would a H80 allow me to overclock even further?


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a b B Homebuilt system
March 28, 2012 4:46:04 AM

honestly with a rig like that I'd spend the 200 bucks on something else or just not spend it at all and save it for a future upgrade. Everything that you have is really decent. If you absolutely must spend it, buy another 8 GB of RAM and save the rest
a c 90 B Homebuilt system
March 28, 2012 4:54:16 AM

You already have a very fine gaming pc.

In what way is your gaming lacking?

If you want better FPS, then a graphics upgrade is in order.
If a second 6950 won't fit, sell it, and buy a GTX580, or better yet, a GTX680 whenever they come back in stock.

Unless you are doing lots of multitasking, adding 8gb will not do anything for you.

I also don't think a 6gb ssd will make much difference either unless your level load times seem unusually long.

If you want quiet, H80 is not for you. A quieter and equally effective cooler for your case might be a noctua NH-D14. I really don't think it is worth it though.

How high you can OC will be dependent on the particular cpu chip sample. Perhaps 50% 2500K chips will do 4.5, so you might try to get a bit more out of yours.
If you think you need more cpu, then wait a month, and upgrade to ivy bridge 3570K.

If you don't have a second monitor, consider that. It won't help with gaming, but it is very good for all other web work.

Isn't it nice to have $200 burning a hole in your pocket with nothing really needed? :) 
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March 28, 2012 5:05:39 AM

Thanks guys,

I think i'll hold out and put that money towards my next system in a few years.
a b B Homebuilt system
March 28, 2012 7:59:58 AM

potential option: Logitech G19 Keyboard

It's pretty sweet if you're into games that require a lot of macros like MMOs