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October 14, 2012 12:26:51 AM

Hello, I built my first homebuilt system back in July, and I am wondering what would be the best way to give my system a little more performance . The specs are as follows:

CPU: Intel Core I-5 3570K
MOBO: MSI Z77A G-43
HDD: Hitachi Deskstar 2TB 64MB
RAM: Corsair Vengeance (2x4GB) 1866mhz
PSU: Thermaltake TR2 600w
GPU: MSI Twin Frozr 7870
BD-ROM: LG Black 14X BD-R...
Case: Cooler Master Half 912

(All the components are running on stock settings and stock cooling is present throughout the entire system.)

Should I invest in an ssd now? If so which one would be reliable and economical?

Would the stock cooling be sufficient for ample overclocking, or would I need to invest in aftermarket cooling?
I do live in a high dust environment with the computer situated several inches above medium carpet though cleaning out the computer monthly seems to be doing fairly well.

I use the computer primarily for Skyrim(heavily modded), Bf3, and minecraft(sometimes as server while playing Bf3 or Skyrim).

Please tell me if this post is off-topic for this category?

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October 14, 2012 12:49:41 AM

i would either get another 7870 or a ssd. depending on where you would like to see better performance.
October 14, 2012 12:58:36 AM

I do believe I would enjoy the better overall performance of the ssd, but I am concerned about the price and reliability of ssd's.
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October 14, 2012 1:00:15 AM

Get a Samsung 830 or 840. I personally have Three of the 830s in operation and love them! I have two 256GB models and one 128GB version. TWo of them run under OSX and one under Windows 7.

I haven't had a problem with any of them! Very good drives.
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October 14, 2012 1:05:49 AM

I have a Samsung 830 128GB -- it made my system fly! :)  The key point in performance is a balanced system.

Samsung 840 Pro SSD: More Speed, Less Power, And Toggle-Mode 2.0 http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/840-pro-ssd-toggle-...

If you´re thinking about overclock, then you´ll need an after market CPU cooler -- mind that your case isn´t that big, so you must get a cooler that fits your case.

Enermax ETD-T60 VEGAS DUO CPU Cooler (Down Flow) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a b B Homebuilt system
October 14, 2012 1:56:10 AM

The 840 Pro is definitely a better driver if you can afford it -- it also has extra 8GB, than the 840.
October 14, 2012 2:41:20 AM

Thanks, after looking at reviews I think I might wait for price drop or sale on 840 pro. Think I will wait on the aftermarket cpu heat-sink for a while though.
October 14, 2012 5:35:54 AM

I'm definitely agree with everyone saying SSD. I don't think I'll ever build a personal PC without an SSD now that I've experienced owning one. Troubleshooting an issue that requires multiple reboots is infinitely less frustrating, let alone all of the other benefits.
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