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February 19, 2013 1:40:30 PM

So, Im at a cross road. I just oredered a i5-3570k with a new mobo and 16G of memory.

I want to slap one more thing into my PC, should I upgrade my HDD or GPU?

My HDD is quite old, probably 4 years or so? It's a 150gig sata drive.

My GPU is a GTX 460.

I woner if upgrading to a bigger faster SDD would give me a better performance increase.

What do you all think? Thanks!

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a c 95 U Graphics card
February 19, 2013 1:43:46 PM

depends on your need, if you are a hardcore gamer and need moar FPS boost, getting current top chart GPU will be more appropriate, but if you are satisfied with current gpu performance, adding an SSD will bring comfortability doing multitasking work
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February 19, 2013 1:44:03 PM

jerhoman said:
So, Im at a cross road. I just oredered a i5-3570k with a new mobo and 16G of memory.

I want to slap one more thing into my PC, should I upgrade my HDD or GPU?

My HDD is quite old, probably 4 years or so? It's a 150gig sata drive.

My GPU is a GTX 460.

I woner if upgrading to a bigger faster SDD would give me a better performance increase.

What do you all think? Thanks!



How much money do you have for upgrades? What's your current PC setup?
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February 19, 2013 2:01:48 PM

For me you could make a much better choice!

AMD FX-4300 Vishera 3.8GHz (4.0GHz) Socket AM3+ 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor FD4300WMHKBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock 970 PRO3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C9D-8GAB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That set costs 240$. 400-240= 160$

Spend the 100$ for an SSD like the next one

Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-Alone Drive)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And you have 60$ left. By selling the GTX 460 around 80$ you have 140$. Add another 50$ and you have around 250$ for GPU. That means you can get an 7870 GHz edition

HIS IceQ H787Q2G2M Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a c 120 U Graphics card
February 19, 2013 2:10:26 PM

decent start so far.

I would keep the hard drive and hold off replacing it. an SSD would be nice to have, but quick start ups and application loading aren't everything.

what is your monitor/resolution? video card options will dictate here. and if possible, could you add any more money?

for $200 a GTX660 would be a monster upgrade over the 460. but if you game at 1200 resolution it wouldn't be worth the upgrade.
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February 19, 2013 2:32:10 PM

Right now, I game at 1440x900, I plan on buying a new monitor soon so something bigger than 1600x900
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a c 120 U Graphics card
February 19, 2013 5:04:12 PM

get the video card.
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