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I recently bought a new pc and these are the specs:

OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
CPU: AMD FX-6300 6 core 3.5 Ghz
RAM: 8GB ddr3 1600mhz
Mobo: Asus M5A97 L2 R2.0
GPU: AMD Radeon HD 7770 1GB
HDD: Seagate 2TB Barracuda 7200RPM 64MB Cache
Optical Drives: SONY BD-ROM BDU-X10S SATA CdRom Device (Taken from my old computer) TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-224BB SATA CdRom Device
Case: Novatech ATX Gaming Case 200(w) x 480(d) x 440(h)mm
PSU: Novatech PowerStation 500W PSU
Cooling: Stock fans


I want my pc to be reasonably quiet as I leave it on over night to download games on steam and other things. Anyway, my birthday's coming up in May and my parents said they'd buy me something within reason, so around £200 ($300), but I don't know what to upgrade.
Any suggestions?
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an SSD? It will make the whole os extremely faster.
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I would either upgrade the graphics to, say, a 7950 (they are on sale and under $300) or else buy an and store the hard drive on it.

Actually, looking at the cost, the 7950 is $270 after rebate and you could get a 60gb SSD for around $50. Maybe you could get them both. tongue.gif
Plus you get Crysis 3 and Bioshock Infinite for free!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202006

EDIT: Sorry about the US prices haha
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yep, I'm gonna say SSD. The 2TB HDD is easily the worst performing component in your system. You could even be fine with an 64 GB one since you have a 2TB HDD, although I prefer 128 as my smallest OS drive.
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Originally Posted by zShutdownn View Post

I would either upgrade the graphics to, say, a 7950 (they are on sale and under $300) or else buy an and store the hard drive on it.

Actually, looking at the cost, the 7950 is $270 after rebate and you could get a 60gb SSD for around $50. Maybe you could get them both. tongue.gif
Plus you get Crysis 3 and Bioshock Infinite for free!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202006

EDIT: Sorry about the US prices haha

Us yupoeens get screwed over on prices. Its more likely that a 300 dollar GPU will cost 300 euro and the Britts get an even worse deal usually. a 7950 will be upward of 250 quid so 380 dollar

OP:You bought this PC as a bundle didn't you? I don't know your arrangement with your parents regarding presents so maybe this suggestion will not work: You could sell the 7770 and put the money towards a 7950 (can be had for around 250quid). This would be a good upgrade performance wise on the setup you have now.

If this doesn't work then what I would do next, if it were my system, is get an SSD a fan controller ( there are many out there here and here are but two good examples) and some good quiet fans

However, I could not find the exact specifications for the case that you have there. I could only find it as part of assembled bundles so can't tell you how many fans you can fit or even if the suggested 7950 will fit at all. Could you maybe post a link to the case please?

Another alternative is to use the upgrade to get a good case, this will allow you some expandability later and will be a lot quieter (with better airflow) than a cheap case that came with a bundle type PC. I can post some options for cases later if you let me know if you wish to spend money on that at all and how much you wish to spend.

These are just the options that I would consider if I had your system and 200 quid coming up (happy early birthday by the way). cheers.gif
Edited by mve1907 - 3/6/13 at 11:33am
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Ahh damn, Newegg doesn't ship internationally. frown.gif And this is where I bought it from: http://www.novatech.co.uk/pc/range/novatechblacknta12.html
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I'm on my phone so not sure of the case (though I know Novatech are a good firm) but sibce most of your components are good I would would say get a really good case such as a Coolermaster HAF-X or a Storm Stryker and if there is any money left over get a Corsair H100 or similar. If you have never built your own PC before transferring the components to the new case will be useful experience.
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Ahh damn, Newegg doesn't ship internationally. frown.gif And this is where I bought it from: http://www.novatech.co.uk/pc/range/novatechblacknta12.html

Don't bother importing stuff. The import duties more than negate any purchase savings you might incur, not to mention shipping. Here are a few sites in the UK (apart from amazon.co.uk of course) that you might find useful

this is where I bought most of my system when I lived in the UK. I think they just got bought by the German company Caseking. Or Scan is decent too.

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I'm on my phone so not sure of the case (though I know Novatech are a good firm) but sibce most of your components are good I would would say get a really good case such as a Coolermaster HAF-X or a Storm Stryker and if there is any money left over get a Corsair H100 or similar. If you have never built your own PC before transferring the components to the new case will be useful experience.
Agreed!!!! The Storm Stryker is just beautiful!!
Edited by mve1907 - 3/6/13 at 11:42am
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Don't bother importing stuff. The import duties more than negate any purchase savings you might incur, not to mention shipping. Here are a few sites in the UK (apart from amazon.co.uk of course) that you might find useful

this is where I bought most of my system when I lived in the UK. I think they just got bought by the German company Caseking. Or Scan is decent too.
Agreed!!!! The Storm Stryker is just beautiful!!

Review of the Storm Stryker http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsUDp_6ECl8 The reason I mentioned the case rather than any other component is that I built my first rig in a HAF 932 but when Upgrade time came the 932 was too small but the HAF - X will take pretty much anything you can get in future. The OP doesn't say what CPU cooler he uses but any Hydro cooler will reduce noise, speaking of which ODD's are a considerable source of noise so I suggest ditching one or getting a high end one to replace both.
On the subject of Hydro coolers the Coolermaster Eisberg http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/cooling/48789-cooler-master-eisberg-prestige-120l/ can be altered to become a full watercooling loop in future so its a great bit of future proofing.
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Okay then, just discovered my blu-ray drive can play DVDs, brb taking out normal dvd drive
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