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I have to use autocad and 3ds max for some engineering classes and my sig rig is a little slow, but that may be because my hdds are slow and i have only 2 gigs of ram. How much difference would i see in performance if i upgrade to sandy bridge? Or should adding more ram and buying a faster hdd be good enough?
If i upgrade:-
Will I need a new PSU?
I only plan to use a single monitor, and no sli.

I am definitely changing my case though, sick of all the dust(even after covering with panty hose) and bad cable management of the antec 900. Please recommend a nice full tower case that can fit a few rads internally while being on the cheap side(price wise).

Should i go for a pro graphics card? I game a lot on my pc, so will the quadro cards be ok for gaming as well?
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post #2 of 9
Your RAM and CPU are probably what's holding you back more than the HDD. What kind of upgrade budget are you working with?

Your current PSU would be more than adequate for any single-GPU upgrade you may choose.

Don't waste your money on a Quadro card. A desktop GPU would be the better option in your use scenario.
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post #3 of 9
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I probably won't upgrade again(after this one) till ivy bridge-e comes out and their prices drop. I want to spend the least amount of money I can but still get a decent amount of performance. No frills. Also going to overclock, I am on air atm should i switch to water?
Edited by exhaile - 8/21/11 at 7:14pm
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Wow you are in Tuscaloosa, In town when that Tornado went through?

Yea you are almost at the point where it's time for a rebuild just about. If you can make it longer let's see what BD does and especially what it does to 2500k and 1100t prices.
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You can overclock Sandybridge processors reasonably well on air. Just make sure you get an unlocked version of the processor; look for the letter K at the end.
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Yea I was at the UA campus getting ready to go take a final exam. My wife was working at the Barnes and Noble, the tornado destroyed the building two doors down from her. Fortunately none of my family or friends were injured.
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There is a HAF 932 for sale on OC for $80 shippedhttp://www.overclock.net/cases/10960...0-shipped.html Is that a good case? This case at xoxide looks pretty interesting but i have never heard of them, anyone had any experience with those?http://www.xoxide.com/sentey-gs-6500...towercase.html
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Originally Posted by exhaile View Post
There is a HAF 932 for sale on OC for $80 shippedhttp://www.overclock.net/cases/10960...0-shipped.html Is that a good case? This case at xoxide looks pretty interesting but i have never heard of them, anyone had any experience with those?http://www.xoxide.com/sentey-gs-6500...towercase.html
Hmm, you may want to update your OS to 64-BIT , it would benefit you in the long run unless 3D Studio Max is going to have issues with it, but you shouldn't because programs like that 3D Studio Max LOVE more cores and more RAM. 64-Bit should give you the uhmph you need while you upgrade your hardware.
    
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I already own win 64 bit. I am going to start looking for a case now and research parts until BD comes out and hopefully prices drop all across the board.
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