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So it was my birthday yesterday (finally turned 16 biggrin.gif !) and I found myself with some additional income to spend on either my computer or on my room. Some information I should specify is that I live in Canada and the computer I wish to upgrade is my sig rig. Now the price for the component or the upgrade does not need to be exactly 150$ but around that as I should be getting some more money from family members tongue.gif Anyhows the only problem I've really had with my computer now is that it's pretty loud and I'd like to make it quieter I think a lot of the noise stems from that infamous h100 pump grind so I may look into selling my h100 and going with one of those XSPC water cooling kits. The fans I'm currently using are the stock fans that came with the Thermaltake level 10 GT and the corsair SP120's which have replaced the noisy as hell corsair fans however I still think they are fairly loud even with the voltage adapter things that came with them.
Thanks in advance for all the help everybody! thumb.gif
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Nice system man. I think the only thing you can upgrade would be your cooling. tongue.gif And Happy bday!!!
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post #3 of 10
get a custom loop..you rig looks pretty good..if not i would go with some good ram. dominator platinums
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post #4 of 10
You've already got an awesome computer and seeing that your budget is $150, I'f put it towards better cooling. thumb.gif
post #5 of 10
You could get a decent sound card for less then $150, this would give you better analog to feed your amp(s), unless you prefer feeding digital to a 5.1 receiver.
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You have an amazing rig man. I'd say find a mod for the H100 to slow the pump a little bit - and stash the money for now and work on perhaps a nice audio upgrade. Your rig says "random 5.1" system - is it run from a receiver or is it a PC based 5.1 system?

edit... dang... beat to the audio suggestion by 5 seconds :-p
 
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post #7 of 10
nothing to upgrade keep that money for future upgrades, no need to waste that
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post #8 of 10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by iamwardicus View Post

You have an amazing rig man. I'd say find a mod for the H100 to slow the pump a little bit - and stash the money for now and work on perhaps a nice audio upgrade. Your rig says "random 5.1" system - is it run from a receiver or is it a PC based 5.1 system?
edit... dang... beat to the audio suggestion by 5 seconds :-p

Quote:
Originally Posted by All3n View Post

You could get a decent sound card for less then $150, this would give you better analog to feed your amp(s), unless you prefer feeding digital to a 5.1 receiver.

Thanks for the suggestion guys iamwardicus to answer your questions the 5.1 system is PC based and its really bad I forgot to mention that I also have a pair of Grado SR 60i's but their an open pair of headphones and because I generally listen to my music fairly quietly my computer is too damn loud to use them on -_-

At All3n I was considering getting a soundcard but decided not to due to it not really being a substantial upgrade because I don't have any "real" audio equipment and I don't think they would help the Grado SR60i's that much anyways
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post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by snitchkilla11 View Post

get a custom loop..you rig looks pretty good..if not i would go with some good ram. dominator platinums

Yeah sure for $150 bucks....
post #10 of 10
well you have 2 7970 so would add another screen or 2 and or get better cooling:thumb:
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