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What should I look for in my next upgrade?

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Hello OCN,

So after completing my PC build back in the summer of '11, I've did some crazy makeovers to my computer. (Went from AMD to INTEL.)

Now I'm pretty satisfied with my computer, but there's always that urge in the back of my head.. "It's not good enough!"

Anyways, I would like some help on what I should look out to upgrade that is necessary!
(Bought a Corsair H80, yet I do not know how to overclock...doh.gif)


Current build: In signature but I'll just post it out anyways.

CPU: Intel i5-2500k
Motherboard: Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z Motherboard
GPU: EVGA GTX 560Ti SuperClocked 1GB
HDD: 500GB HDD (+ 350GB External HDD)
PSU: 750W Antec Earthwatts
COOLER: Corsair H80
CASE: CM Storm Enforcer

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What I want to upgrade: (Cross out any items that is unnecessary)

SSD (Do not know capacity)

Modular PSU & Give to family member who needs one at the moment tongue.gif (Easier organization in my case? hehe)

mATX Case (Desperately need desk space..Do not want to put my PC on the carpet!)

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Thank you for helping.. I hate looking at sales from websites and I don't know what to look for! Feels like I'm just eye-shopping. Haha.
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post #2 of 10
I would go for a mATX case and a modular PSU at the same time instead of an SSD. It would help your family member and get your PC off the carpet.


I was looking at this case just a minute ago, its pretty compact and neat: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352007


PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151088
Edited by NuclearSlurpee - 1/3/12 at 10:06pm
post #3 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Taiwanese View Post

mATX Case (Desperately need desk space..Do not want to put my PC on the carpet!)

New desk! biggrin.gif
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post #4 of 10
grab another gtx 560 ti
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post #5 of 10
Either modular PSU or SSD. If you are happy with your system as of right now I see no point in getting another 560 Ti.
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post #6 of 10
Obviously what I just posted in the "Nvidia 600 series" thread. You need the new 690 that I leaked to the world 92
...Or a modular PSU/2nd 560Ti, your choice tongue.gif
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post #7 of 10
SSD is a good idea too biggrin.gif
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post #8 of 10
i would say stay with a full atx case, so when you want SLI you can do it well, i would just get a 64gb intel ssd or something just as your boot drive, if you want to go high for a psu, i would highly recommend the seasonic x750 or x650
   
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post #9 of 10
The PSU would help you and your family, so that's a plus, but would not impact your performance.

I'd get the SSD over a second GPU or case unless you are experiencing temperature issues or performance issues. Or if you just hate your case - mATX isn't really going to save you THAT MUCH desk space. I'd honestly buy a new desk or get a small table to put the PC on before I'd change cases.
    
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post #10 of 10
I would recommend getting the SSD. It's a very nice upgrade and is something that will easily go with with you from upgrade to upgrade.

The PSU you have now is more than enough to power your components and upgrading simply for better cable management is a bit silly. There are plenty of ways to neaten up a case that does not have a modular PSU. I would also advise against purchasing another 560 right now because once the new series hit you're going to see heavy price drops and they can had for cheap then. Also, I own a Gene-Z and they are great boards but the PCI-E slot spacing is very poor and causes most cards to overheat due to lack of airflow...especially in a small case.

Bottom line...keep the case and setup you have now. Buy a SSD and drop your OS onto it and install the 500GB as a data drive.
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