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Help!!! Not sure what to upgrade!!!


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#1 Jonathan roberts

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Posted 02 January 2014 - 02:48 PM

Every six months I look to upgrade my system in some way or another (the misses calls me a GEEK!..lol).  I've looked at setting up Raid to improve speed maybe buying a SSD, not much point buying extra ram, changing resolution of my monitor(too expensive), upgrading GPU, upgrading CPU, improving cooling with cpu liquid cooler, and/or GPU Cooler, but I am really not sure what is going to make the most difference to the current rig.  I have a budget of around £200-£400, what would you advise?

 

 

My Rig:

Motherboard GA-Z77-D3H

CPU: Intel i3 2120

8Gb Corsair Vengence 1600Mhz

GPU: Nvidia Zotac 660Ti

HDD's: Seagate 2TB 7200rpm, Hitachi 160gb 7200rpm, Seagate 160gb 7200rpm

Monitor: AOC 23" 2353PHz 3D monitor Resolution(1920x1080)Full HD

Windows 8.1 64Bit

Asus Phobeus ROG Soundcard

 

Thanks in Advance


Edited by Jonathan roberts, 02 January 2014 - 02:59 PM.


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Posted 02 January 2014 - 02:54 PM

A SSD will show its speed on boot and loads.  At 8GB your RAM is probably fine, depending on what the machine is used for.

 

I generally recommend using RAID for speed, RAID0, because you are doubling your chances of data loss.  If any drive in a RAID0 array fails all is lost.

 

What is your power supply?



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Posted 02 January 2014 - 02:57 PM

It's use for music (love Music), gaming and playing high def vids

 

Actually that is on the shopping list, I have a coolermaster 650w which is over 5 years old and I think is at the edge of the power requirements so that is not in the above budget, what would you recommend


Edited by Jonathan roberts, 02 January 2014 - 03:17 PM.


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Posted 02 January 2014 - 07:52 PM

Hi, my suggestion would be upgrading the CPU to something like the Core i5 because since Intel released Haswell which is socket 1150, Ivy Bridge(1155) which is your one will be put into retirement hence the clearance of stock.


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