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Looking to upgrade my PC, what should I start with?

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  • Started 1 year ago by i544cj0n35
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i544cj0n35
Posts: 15

I've finally decided to sign up for an account. Been a forum lurker for awhile now, love the site!

So like the title says I'm looking for some help in deciding what I should go for first.

All contained in a COOLER MASTER HAF 912 I have:

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition 3.2GHz Processor
Gigabyte 890FX Motherboard
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W Power Supply
ASUS Radeon HD 6850 Graphics Card
Crucial RealSSD C300 SSD for the OS
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB DDR3 1333 RAM
Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 3.5" HDD for media storage

I've had this build for almost 2 years. Its done really well, haven't had any hardware failures and they've been treating me well. But I feel something has to go because it feels like this machine could be so much better with just a bit of TLC.

I'm a pretty avid gamer, so I was thinking of getting another of my same GPU and run them in crossfire. I hear that can give up to something like a 90% performance boost. I was also thinking of getting rid of the HDD and replace it with another SSD. It's rated a 5.9 in my performance index while everything is above 7.5. This would reduce a lot of noise as well as I'd be able to cut back on a couple case fans making the whole machine quieter. Another thing I've thought about doing is doubling my ram and using a bunch of it as a RAM disk.

So I come to this wonderful community for a bit of direction. Thanks in advance!

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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i544cj0n35

Wlcome to HTG.

Upgrading to "full monty" will be costly.

(2) Of these in Raid 0 Array (SSDs)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....vertex%204

(1) More this for cross fire (Video)
http://www.amazon.com/EAH6850-.....B004IMF1IM

(1) Kit Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....6820233299

(1) Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....6835118054

(1) May be have to use this ???? (PSU)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....6817139010

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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May be Best to wait on this and make new Build.
http://www.howtogeek.com/forum.....?replies=2

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gedstar
gedstar
Posts: 521

Why not go for this, cheaper and larger capacity

http://www.crucial.com/store/p.....T128M4SSD2

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i544cj0n35
Posts: 15

Your suggestions look very reasonable, thank you. However I have question. In the past when I was considering dual hdd's I was told to stay away from raid 0 as it is unstable/risky, because if a drive failed I'd have to start over. that still the case with ssd's? Or are they more reliable, making them worth it?

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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@i544cj0n35,

SSDs are reliable in Raid 0 array because they are not mechanical devices.

No longer have to worry about raid 0 being risky as it use to be.

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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@gedstar,

Two 128GB SSDs running in Raid 0 array gives 256GB Capacity Single SSD with roughly
twice the R/W performance of one SSD.

@i544cj0n35,

Nothing Exotic I posted in my upgrade parts list, all items are just standard component parts which have been on the market for at least a couple of years.

In fact had to search for the video card as it has been deactivated and no longer available on newegg.com.

Rick P.

Posted 1 year ago
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afuhnk
afuhnk
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I had the same graphic card (ASUS 6850). I decided to go crossfire after a few months and did not see a huge increase in performance (Battlefield 3), specially not 90% increase.

I'd invest in a better card (that I did - Gigabyte NVIDIA GTX670 - and that gave me a HUGE boos in performances).
ALso, I'd stay away from AMD.

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raphoenix
raphoenix
Posts: 14920

Agree with afuhnk.

This GTX Video Card has 96% 5 egg rating!! No HDMI however but ships with an adapter.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....#38;Page=1

Feedback tab says some cry for joy after using card.

Posted 1 year ago
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i544cj0n35
Posts: 15

Lol Rick, that does sound like a good reason to get that card. However, it is $1000 and I just don't have that kind of dough :-).

Okay, so it might be time to move on from the 6850. I've loved it and it's really performed well. My friend just bought the same 670 you described and loves it. That might be my best route as far as improving my machines performance the most.

Is there a particular reason why you stay away from amd? I have always liked them more than Intel

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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(LOL) :) :)

I posted the GTX 690 Video Card just for fun. :) :)

A GTX 670 Video Card is $420 bucks.

ASUS GTX670-DC2-2GD5 GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....6814121637

Are you sure you want to invest that much money the in old machine ????

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i544cj0n35
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Ah, cmon the machine isn't that bad is it? :-)

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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If you upgrade with the Parts Listed I gave you above plus add a good video card, the machine will be Wonderful !!!!

I run an Asus 6850 in a Generation 2 Intel machine and it works fine. :)

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i544cj0n35
Posts: 15

Definitely, I agree for sure. The ssd's and gpu look like my best options for best overall performance increase.

I'll use your list and upgrade as often as the wife will allow. :-P starting with the gpu and storage.

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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I understand the Wife will allow issue for sure !! (LOL) (LOL) :) :)

Happy Building.

Rick P.

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afuhnk
afuhnk
Posts: 309

ASUS 6850 still a GREAT card, but not good enough for me ;)
Also, if you buy the 6950, you can flash it's BIOS to the 6970, unlocking more BANG for cheaper.

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raphoenix
raphoenix
Posts: 14920

Well video cards are the same as any other computer part.

One goes Strictly by Specifications and the Price they can afford.

There is NO magic when choosing video cards as there is none for choosing CPUs.

Specs are Specs and Quality is Quality so the better the Spec and / or Quality, the more the component will cost.

It's NOT a feeling or fashion decision.

Rick P.

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germ-x
germ-x
Posts: 5310

Point when building or just upgrading.
What are your real needs.
If your a gamer then you have to consider higher end components.
If you listen to music, watch videos, emailing, work with documents, then you don't need the latest and most expensive rocketship.

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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Tom, that's where Component Specs come into play. :) :)

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