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Hi All,

As you can see in my sig rig, im running a q8300, with 4gb memory etc.

Now i've got two options, upgrade the existing system to 8gb of memory and throw in another SSD (OCZ agility 3 120gb), or take the plunge and build a new system.

I really want to keep the new system build option at about £800, but i can''t see that happening, considering I want 16gb of memory and another SSD (ill use my existing corsair F60 for OS).

The real question is whether the new system will really be worth the performance increase? I mostly game/code.

What are your thoughts?

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Its definitely not going to do anything to help your GPU if you upgrade to IVY, if you game a lot, that would be the first place to start - for me personally, I'd go with another 4GB memory, grab a newer GPU (even a 6850 or 6870 will do wonders) and o/c the crap out of that CPU (if its not already) - that should last you for quite a while.
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Originally Posted by appleg33k85 View Post

Its definitely not going to do anything to help your GPU if you upgrade to IVY, if you game a lot, that would be the first place to start - for me personally, I'd go with another 4GB memory, grab a newer GPU (even a 6850 or 6870 will do wonders) and o/c the crap out of that CPU (if its not already) - that should last you for quite a while.

^^This, your are going to be bottlenecked heavily by your GPU for games.

Is your C2Q overclocked?

Also, you do not need another SSD for gaming. SSDs only help with load times, they do not increase FPS. you can get a program that will move a game to a SSD from the HDD (and vice-versa) if it bothers you that much. And basically just move the game off of the ssd when you are finished with it.
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Hello,

Thanks for the replies, the CPU is overclocked to 2.9Ghz, unfortunately its not stable anywhere above that.

I want another SSD as I cannot fit enough games on my 60GB, and i cannot stand long load times.

I generally play turn based games, so waiting for the turn to be calculated irritates me, hence the CPU upgrade over the GPU, the frame rates I get are generally sufficient, although I would like to upgrade the GPU aswell.
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GPU first, CPU later.
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Originally Posted by Xerphiel View Post

Hello,
Thanks for the replies, the CPU is overclocked to 2.9Ghz, unfortunately its not stable anywhere above that.
I want another SSD as I cannot fit enough games on my 60GB, and i cannot stand long load times.
I generally play turn based games, so waiting for the turn to be calculated irritates me, hence the CPU upgrade over the GPU, the frame rates I get are generally sufficient, although I would like to upgrade the GPU aswell.

You can use something like this:
http://www.traynier.com/software/steammover

I am sure there is something that is more general. You could always go to command line a copy and hard link the games that are not in use. A 60GB SSD should be good for about 4-5 games. I can't remember the last time I played 4-5 games simultaneously.
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Thanks for the replies so far guys, reps+

Lets step it up a notch, lets say im going to build a completely new machine, £1000 the upper limit.

Im thinking:
  1. Ivy i7-3770K
  2. Not sure of motherboard at current
  3. 16Gb Corsair Vengeance (8x2)
  4. Use existing 60Gb Corsair SSD + 120Gb OCZ Agility 3 SSD + Existing 1TB driver
  5. --- Graphics Card --- Open to suggestions £150~?
  6. Antec True Power 650W
  7. Antec Solo 2 Case

Any thoughts? Pardon the rush of the above list and lack of prices
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Originally Posted by Xerphiel View Post

Thanks for the replies so far guys, reps+
Lets step it up a notch, lets say im going to build a completely new machine, £1000 the upper limit.
Im thinking:
  1. Ivy i7-3770K
  2. Not sure of motherboard at current
  3. 16Gb Corsair Vengeance (8x2)
  4. Use existing 60Gb Corsair SSD + 120Gb OCZ Agility 3 SSD + Existing 1TB driver
  5. --- Graphics Card --- Open to suggestions £150~?
  6. Antec True Power 650W
  7. Antec Solo 2 Case
Any thoughts? Pardon the rush of the above list and lack of prices
Do you do really need 16gb ram? if you could say drop down to 8gb(2x4gb) and have a little bit more to spend on the gpu you would get way better gaming performance, and if in a couple years 8gb becomes too little, its going to cost way less to drop in another 8gb.. youd save something like 30-40 on the ram and that should be enough for a 7850 if you can stretch the budget a bit or save a few pounds on the motherboard.
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post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by punceh View Post

Do you do really need 16gb ram? if you could say drop down to 8gb(2x4gb) and have a little bit more to spend on the gpu you would get way better gaming performance, and if in a couple years 8gb becomes too little, its going to cost way less to drop in another 8gb.. youd save something like 30-40 on the ram and that should be enough for a 7850 if you can stretch the budget a bit or save a few pounds on the motherboard.

Thanks for the reply,

Sorry i should have stated the uses of the machine, I currently have a underpowered linux server at home which I want to replace. I figured that with 16Gb of memory I would have plenty of memory (+ cpu cores) to have a seperate ubuntu/sles VM, allocating maybe 6-8Gb of memory to it.
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post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by Xerphiel View Post

Thanks for the reply,
Sorry i should have stated the uses of the machine, I currently have a underpowered linux server at home which I want to replace. I figured that with 16Gb of memory I would have plenty of memory (+ cpu cores) to have a seperate ubuntu/sles VM, allocating maybe 6-8Gb of memory to it.


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Go and grab a decent video card though. Like a 7950 biggrin.gif
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