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Hi Everyone. Long time lurker hear. Excellent forum with great information!
I am looking for some feedback or suggestions on how I could improve my system with a $300 cash investment. It was a gift towards a system upgrade. I still want to stick with AMD.
Do I purchase a better CPU cooler such as a Corsair Hydro H80i?
Will a AMD 8350 cpu work on my motherboard? My cpu is currently overclocked to 3600 from stock 3300
Purchase a larger solid state drive? Mine is 70% full.
More or faster ram?
I would appreciate some ideas.
I game. BF3, Metro, Stalker series. Waiting for Metro Last Light
Do Photo imaging as well.
Looking for the best bang for my buck without a lot of complications
Thanks
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7950.
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The Asus Crosshair IV Formula is only listed to have the Beta support for the Bulldozer chips, it doesnt say anything about the Piledriver chips yet.

http://www.asus.com/ROG/CROSSHAIR_IV_FORMULA/#support_CPU

A larger and possibly faster SSD would be a nice improvement. Possibly a Samsung 840 Pro (Mabe 2 In RAID 0?):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147192

Or mabe one of those and an h110:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181035
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Ben C - I think my Crossfired 6970's are faster than a single 7950 thumb.gif
mxfreek09 Samsung or Vector SSD's?
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Ben C - I think my Crossfired 6970's are faster than a single 7950 thumb.gif
mxfreek09 Samsung or Vector SSD's?

The Samsung 840 Pro thumb.gif - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147192
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