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I've been doing a lot of upgrades, but mostly to peripherals. I've been thinking about where I'm gonna take this thing next.

My motherboard and cpu are obviously at a dead end, being 1156 and all. But I don't want to upgrade those until Haswell is out.

I don't game as much anymore, so my current GPU is already overkill. But I do a lot of Photoshop, Illustrator, and Flash work. I also do video editing pretty frequently.

Maybe another 8GB of ram? A Corsair H55 to get to 4ghz+? An absurdly large hard drive? Let the ideas flow.
    
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Don't wast money on the corsair h series coolers. They will not do much better than your air cooler and they are pricey. If you are waiting for Haswell, then get a real water loop. That will defiantly occupy you for awhile.

Start here.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16070/ex-wat-210/XSPC_Raystorm_EX240_Universal_CPU_Water_Cooling_Kit_w_D5_Variant_Pump_Included_and_Free_Dead-Water.html?tl=g30c321s1310

Do some research and have fun. This will take a lot of your time. biggrin.gif
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Eh, I've never been interested in custom water loops. Too much maintenance for my liking.
    
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That is what I thought. Probably need to do maintenance about every 6 months. Unless you are always changing things like me. Lol.

They are not that bad now a days. They used to be a really big pain.
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Definitely a Corsair H Series cooler would be a good choice. I don't think RAM would be of any problem for you although your RAM is 1333 which should be 1600. 1600 RAM nowadays is relatively cheap for 2x4GB.

I'd probably say that the H series is the best upgrade you can make right now (I would look into a Corsair H80 instead of H55 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181016&Tpk=Corsair%20H80 )

H Series is not a waste of money by any means.
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seriously i think your fine with what you have done already.. maybe a bigger HDD but only if you need it.. other than that save your money for your future haswel rig thumb.gif
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seriously i think your fine with what you have done already.. maybe a bigger HDD but only if you need it.. other than that save your money for your future haswel rig thumb.gif

Agreed.
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I've been doing a lot of upgrades, but mostly to peripherals. I've been thinking about where I'm gonna take this thing next.
My motherboard and cpu are obviously at a dead end, being 1156 and all. But I don't want to upgrade those until Haswell is out.
I don't game as much anymore, so my current GPU is already overkill. But I do a lot of Photoshop, Illustrator, and Flash work. I also do video editing pretty frequently.
Maybe another 8GB of ram? A Corsair H55 to get to 4ghz+? An absurdly large hard drive? Let the ideas flow.

More RAM will be useless (it'd be painfully obvious if you needed more now, as you'd constantly be running into slowdowns as your computer used the HDD to make up the space difference, since that's not a problem you don't need more)).

Corsair H-series is not going to be worth the money (or likely increased noise) for little to no performance gain.

If you're running out of hard drive space, that's an obvious option. If not, see RAM comment - more space is useless without a use.

Frankly, the only thing I can think of is an SSD. You can pick up a Samsung 830 128gb for $100 or so these days. SSDs are nice.
    
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More RAM will be useless (it'd be painfully obvious if you needed more now, as you'd constantly be running into slowdowns as your computer used the HDD to make up the space difference, since that's not a problem you don't need more)).
Corsair H-series is not going to be worth the money (or likely increased noise) for little to no performance gain.
If you're running out of hard drive space, that's an obvious option. If not, see RAM comment - more space is useless without a use.
Frankly, the only thing I can think of is an SSD. You can pick up a Samsung 830 128gb for $100 or so these days. SSDs are nice.

That is a good idea. SSD would realy give the system a nice little kick with out wasting money and it can be used in the new system as well.
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