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Alright well may I ask why you chose these two items as a good place to start? I am pretty complacent with my CPU as I have it OC'd to 3.6 right now with a stock cooler and haven't even tried to push it what so ever (going to get a CM Hyper 212 most likely). What makes the CPU you suggested better? But more importantly, Im not really looking to purchase a new CPU just a motherboard to start along with other possibilities...why did you suggest that mobo? As I said I have no idea what Im looking for or what makes a mobo "good" as opposed to what I currently have.

it terms of proc that one destroys yours hand down...and as stated above what is you budget for this build
post #12 of 26
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Okay I understand the basic concept behind the idea of an SSD, Im just having trouble understanding how it would speed everything up because their capacity seems to be a lot smaller like 128GB etc...when I purchase one I mean are they basically plug and play...do I have to somehow move my OS over to the SSD itself or what? Also if it only has about 128gb what all should I store on it...just MS stuff and programs I use frequently?

Yeah I really do like the idea of SLI...but if I did this I would have to purchase the exact same GPUs correct? I have a feeling my exact gpu may be discontinued on newegg, so I don't know (you can't use two different gpus right?) Also, what exactly is SLI its just running two gpus as one basically right? If my mobo is SLI ready, how hard is it to enable two cards in SLI like do I have to configure a bunch of stuff..or will it just recognize the two cards and automatically use them at full capacity?

Yes I understand that getting a new CPU and mobo would open possibilities but I really thought my CPU was pretty decent and I still have overhead to OC? I really wasn't looking to spend on a new CPU.

Also the motherboard you linked to seems very nice...you say the 990FX is their flagship chipset hm? Also, what is the VRM setup you linked me to (gigabyte ga 990fx)? Which is better 6+2 or 8+2 and whats the diff?

Yes when I am on my home PC I Can rep you guys for sure, thanks so far for real.
post #13 of 26
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Originally Posted by zerokool_3211 View Post

it terms of proc that one destroys yours hand down...and as stated above what is you budget for this build


Okay may I ask why it "destroys" mine...Im not being a smart ass or anything I just really want to know why. I mean 8 cores? Isn't that overkill? I thought most things could hardly utilize 6cores, does the one mentioned above have like mad OC ability or something?

Budget...honestly I don't have a specific budget I want it to be reasonable and I don't even know how much hardware I will be upgrading...that's what Im deciding! I would like to keep it under $300 most likely...idk unless I can find good deals then I'll spend more
post #14 of 26
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What is your system now not doing that you would like it to do better? if you are going to upgrade a little at a time start with what YOU will see the most gain from. A SSD would be the first thing if everything else is up to your standards.

A SSD is a solid state drive so no moving parts. They are a lot faster than a mechanical hard drive. Depending on what you use often and most would depend on the size you need. Most people you use them as a boot drive with the operating system and programs on. Then use a mechanical drive to store data such as picture, video, music, whatever.

As far as seeing and feeling a difference an SSD is the way to go.

Alright well it really sounds like an SSD should be on top of my list for now...honestly I mainly have about 8 tabs open in firefox, a few background programs usually opened (core temp, cpu-z, speedfan, etc) usually watching streams on my 2nd monitor while i surf and downloading movies and other bit torrents most of the time, don't exactly do much gaming as school takes most of my free time
post #15 of 26
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Originally Posted by cctaylor88 View Post

Okay I understand the basic concept behind the idea of an SSD, Im just having trouble understanding how it would speed everything up because their capacity seems to be a lot smaller like 128GB etc...when I purchase one I mean are they basically plug and play...do I have to somehow move my OS over to the SSD itself or what? Also if it only has about 128gb what all should I store on it...just MS stuff and programs I use frequently?

 

You'll want to do a clean installation of windows if you buy a SSD. Basically I installed windows on mine. I keep a few application that I often use (like my browser and my AV) and install a few games that i'm really into at the moment. On my HDD I keep my downloads, music, pictures, documents and applications that I use less often/take up a lot of space/dont need the extra speed (such as winamp, winrar etc.).

 

And yeah it's kind of plug and play, but like I mentioned you would need to wipe your HDD and reinstall windows.

 

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Yeah I really do like the idea of SLI...but if I did this I would have to purchase the exact same GPUs correct? I have a feeling my exact gpu may be discontinued on newegg, so I don't know (you can't use two different gpus right?) Also, what exactly is SLI its just running two gpus as one basically right? If my mobo is SLI ready, how hard is it to enable two cards in SLI like do I have to configure a bunch of stuff..or will it just recognize the two cards and automatically use them at full capacity?


Well it'd be better if it could be another GTX 460 (brand is not important, it can be EVGA, ASUS, MSI..) but it would work with a 470 or a 480. Note that you wouldnt get more performance by pairing a 460 with a 470 or a 480, so I dont really recommend it. Your best bet would be to buy a used GTX 460.

 

 

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Also the motherboard you linked to seems very nice...you say the 990FX is their flagship chipset hm? Also, what is the VRM setup you linked me to (gigabyte ga 990fx)? Which is better 6+2 or 8+2 and whats the diff?

 

When it comes to power phase design, the more the better. I personally think that anything about 8+2 is overkill though but it's not a bad thing by any means. thumb.gif

post #16 of 26
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Alright well it really sounds like an SSD should be on top of my list for now...honestly I mainly have about 8 tabs open in firefox, a few background programs usually opened (core temp, cpu-z, speedfan, etc) usually watching streams on my 2nd monitor while i surf and downloading movies and other bit torrents most of the time, don't exactly do much gaming as school takes most of my free time

Then if it was me I would invest in a SSD and save the rest. Then when you have enough to do a major upgrade it would be more noticeable. Or spend the money on something more useful it sounds like your computer is doing everything you need to do fine for now. If you plan on doing more demanding things on your system them you could invest to help with that. I would just throw money at it because it is burning a hole in your pocket.
    
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post #17 of 26
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Yeah maybe you're right but I wouldn't mind mixing it up with my PC a bit and investing in some upgrades, so if I purchased an SSD I basically have to wipe everything and do a clean install? Like starting fresh?

And purchasing an SSD is THAT noticeable in terms of speeds and load up times for the price?
post #18 of 26
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Yeah maybe you're right but I wouldn't mind mixing it up with my PC a bit and investing in some upgrades, so if I purchased an SSD I basically have to wipe everything and do a clean install? Like starting fresh?

And purchasing an SSD is THAT noticeable in terms of speeds and load up times for the price?

 

Yeah, you really need to wipe everything and do a clean install.

 

And yeah, it is that noticeable. Everything feels more responsive, from general usage to gaming.

Just keep in mind that it wont improve your framerate in game, but it will make load times much shorter.

 

I personally think that the 128gb models are the sweet spot, since they usually are around the 120$ mark.

 

 

Most recommended SSDs would be the Samsung 830/840 series (not the pro), the intel 330 and 530 or the crucial m4.

post #19 of 26
You don't have to start over. You can unplug your current hard drive install the new SSD install windows on the new drive then plug your old drive back in and still use everything on it the way it is. BUT if it was me I would buy an external hard drive enclosure and a hard drive so you have a good external hard drive to use for backups and data storage. Then you can transfer all your data you want to keep to the external hard drive, install the OS and programs on the SSD reformat the "old" hard drive and start over with it.

In fact that is what I am doing. I have everything but the SSD which is the next purchase for me. I never thought I needed an external hard drive but i love the thing. I would invest extra in USB 3.0. I bought a Rosewill enclosure and a 1.5 TB drive for right over $100.
    
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post #20 of 26
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What do you guys think about this SSD? What am I looking for when SSD shopping as well, for speed reliability etc etc.

OCZ Vertex 4 Seems like a fair price..
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