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Upgrading Alienware Aurora

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October 5, 2012 4:52:50 AM

While looking for a used budget graphic and gaming computer, I picked up an Alienware aurora for $500. It has pretty good specs. but I have about 100-200 to do a minor upgrade and was wondering where to put the money.

Intel Core i7-2600K (3.4GHz, 8MB Cache)
6GB Dual Channel DDR3 1333Mhz, 4 DIMM
1TB 7200RPM Hard Drive;
24X CD/DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability
Dual 1.5GB NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 - SLI Enabled
850w PSU
Liquid cooling

I am thinking about one of these:
swap out 6GB ram for 16Gb
replace the dual gts450 with a single GPU

What would be your first move?
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October 6, 2012 8:29:43 PM

yea i have 8gbs and never seen it go past 4gbs ( i had illustrator+photoshop+avg scaning+downloads+game open)

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October 6, 2012 9:46:25 PM

Ram is dirt cheap pick up an 8 GB kit 2 sticks @1600 speeds G.Skill $50
OCZ Vertex 4 128GB is $100. Later down the road you can pick up a more highend gpu when you got some cash, definitely wait for AMD 8000 series or 700 series from Nvidia.
October 22, 2012 10:14:30 PM

Ironslice said:
6GB of ram is fine, no need to swap that out. An SSD at that budget will make much less of a difference than a new GPU.

Buy a GTX 660:

Or if that's too expensive, a Radeon 7850:

Since gaming is a secondary interest, and the hard drive is with weakest part of the system I decided to go with adding a SSD to improve load times of my graphic programs and extensions.
October 22, 2012 10:14:43 PM

Best answer selected by nwwaterboy.