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$100 upgrade to my rig.

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a c 106 B Homebuilt system
December 26, 2012 5:37:27 AM

Fairly simple, I have $100 to spend on my rig and would like feedback on how to spend it.
Specs on my machine are in the sig.

What I have in mind so far is a RAM upgrade, another 8GB. This is because I am fairly sure that I'l be doing a fair bit of video editing next year and I have noticed that the RAM always maxes out when in Premiere and After Affects.
G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB (2x4GB) 1600Mhz CL9 1.5v. $55

Next is a Sound Card. I will admit I am not so sure about this one, but I am curious as to whether a cheap sound card will sound better over integrated.
ASUS Xonar DGX. $35

Then a few bits of Water-Cooling equipment so I can add a drain valve to the loop. Its an utter pain to maintain and upgrade it since it has to be drained, the only way to do is to to take off the CPU block and pull of a bit of tubing. Anyway, its somewhat difficult and annoying to do so, also means I have to re-paste the CPU. So I am doing what I should have done at the start and adding a drain valve.
Koolance drain Valve. $15
Barbs and clamps. $10 all up.
The barbs are slightly larger than my tubing, but this wont be an issue since 7/16" and 1/2" are so similar that it will still fit.

That's what I have in mind for the upgrade, just wondering if the community can think of a better way to spend my money.

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a b B Homebuilt system
December 26, 2012 5:50:42 AM

it is an honor to post something on manofchalk thread

is your footer signature your current rig?

i have no clue about 100 usd upgrade, but i will tell you about premiere, AE

they favors NVIDIA 1GB DDR5 card
read here about mercury playback engine used by Pr and AE

radeon has no chance because it is adobe-nvidia monopoly
a c 106 B Homebuilt system
December 26, 2012 6:17:04 AM

Kneel before your king!
ahem, ahh, OK...
Though I'm pretty confident I know what I'm doing by this stage, I always like to ask the forum for feedback. Who knows what rabbit will be pulled out of the community's hat.

Yep, thats my rig.

$100 AUD actually, think its become somewhat common knowledge among the regulars I'm from Down Under.

I acknowledge your CUDA and raise you an OpenCL!
I realize that an Nvidia card would help in Adobe applications because of CUDA, but my video editing needs aren't that great to warranty buying one. Would start with an i7 if it was great.