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Next best upgrade?

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May 25, 2012 1:46:25 PM

Finally upgraded my graphics card yesterday and now I am wondering what would be best to upgrade next. I mainly use the machine for gaming, photo editing, light video editing and some music production. Here are the specs thanks to speccy:

Summary
Operating System
MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
CPU
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T 37 °C
Thuban 45nm Technology
RAM
8.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 803MHz (10-10-10-28)
Motherboard
ASUSTeK Computer INC. M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 (AM3) 46 °C
Graphics
IPS236 (1920x1080@60Hz)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670
Hard Drives
488GB SAMSUNG SAMSUNG HD501LJ ATA Device (SATA) 30 °C
Optical Drives
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH24LS70 ATA Device
DTSOFT Virtual CdRom Device
Audio
Realtek High Definition Audio


My thoughts were either an SSD or new RAM.

RAM:
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

SSD:
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


I know my CPU probably isn't the greatest for gaming so I was also considering a new CPU/Mobo but that might be out of the question for a while. My choices were as follows:

CPU:
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Mobo:
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...




The RAM and SSD are fairly cheap so I was hoping I could benefit from either of those upgrades and/or CPU/mobo upgrade...

Any thoughts or opinions are definitely welcomed!

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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
May 25, 2012 2:26:08 PM

Ram is cheap, and more ram can help with 64 bit enabled apps such as photo editing.
Instead of a 4 x 4gb kit, I would look at a 2 x 8gb kit.

A SSD is one of the best all around upgrades.
I think I would stick with Intel or samsung 830 series.
They seem to have fewer issues.

When it comes time to upgrade the cpu for gaming, look for the 3750K.
It can be bought at microcenter for $190.

Socket 2011 is a more specialized socket, and not particularly good for gaming. More expensive too.

Any Z77 motherboard will be good. When purchased with a 3570K @microcenter, you will get $50 off on several.



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