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Hi, it has been almost a year since I last bought my computer. I am looking forward to an upgrade. I hope you guys can tell me which part to upgrade.

My rig specs are as follows:

  • Intel Core i5 2500K
  • Asrock P67Extreme4
  • Kingston HyperX LoVo 8GB
  • MSI N580GTX Lightning
  • Samsung Spinpoint F3 250GB x 2 (Raid 0)
  • Corsair H650W
  • HAF 912

From the looks of it, it seems that a SSD would be a reasonable upgrade. Please tell me your thoughts. Thank you.
post #2 of 6
SSD definitely. There's really nothing else your machine needs right now, as its already near top end still today.
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Crucial MX100 256GB WD Green 2TB DVDRW Corsair H50 Push / Pull 
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Thank you very much pioneerisloud. What SSD would you recommend? Having my OS and my game (1 game) in my SSD should be sufficient right? Would 60GB be sufficient? Or should I get a bigger capacity SSD for future proofing or anything else I miss out?
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Thank you very much pioneerisloud. What SSD would you recommend? Having my OS and my game (1 game) in my SSD should be sufficient right? Would 60GB be sufficient? Or should I get a bigger capacity SSD for future proofing or anything else I miss out?

I've got my OS, most used programs, and 3 very large games installed on my 60GB drive right now. wink.gif

I'd recommend the Crucial M4, as its only $80 on newegg right now, and its by far one of the most reliable out there (along with the Samsung 830 and Intel 530)
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Crucial MX100 256GB WD Green 2TB DVDRW Corsair H50 Push / Pull 
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Thank you very much pioneerisloud. What SSD would you recommend? Having my OS and my game (1 game) in my SSD should be sufficient right? Would 60GB be sufficient? Or should I get a bigger capacity SSD for future proofing or anything else I miss out?

OS + 1 game = 60GB = more than enough

I recommend the Crucial M4. You can even have a look at the Kingston HyperX and Samsung 830.
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Personally I would go with a Patriot drive. Those puppies are fast. If there is a Sata III drive that can match their IOPS it slipped in under my radar.(Although admittedly the IOPS are so high it won't make much difference) It has really great Read/Write speeds as well though. Also IMO if you can afford it you will be far better off going with a 120GB drive. You will be surprised how fast you can fill that up.

120GB ---> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220624
60GB ---> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220623
Edited by siryak - 2/25/12 at 2:46am
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