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I had 16 gigs of the sniper ram and was not that impressed. I went for some Corsair and replaced the G.skill. How much ram do you have now and what do you mainly use your computer for?

I have the Sirus headset and I really like it. The sound quality is good and when coupled with a good sound card it works very very nicely. So I say spend some extra on a quality sound card. It will take some of the load off of the CPU and you will see better performance.

If you are looking for more performance gains, look at getting a new CPU or video card. What you have are good quality, but you will see more gain from replacing them than the RAM.
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Sound card is my vote as well, but (as stated) you should get some nice cans + a mic, rather than a headset.
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post #13 of 18
It really depends on what you want out of the upgrade. Do you want improved performance or increased sound quality? I will say that a good sound card is not as much of an upgrade as people say. The main benefit is the reduction of EMI, which can be noticeable on some onboard cards. You're usually better off getting an external DAC rather than a sound card, though, for the same reason of the EMI. That said, there's no point in upgrading your system card unless you have good headphones or speakers. If you haven't spent more than 300 on headphones or 500 on speakers, I doubt you'd really get much benefit.

As for the ram, I see no point in upgrading to faster ram. In practical use, you'll see zero benefit and will only be lighter in the wallet. Believe me, I've had my ram overclocked to 2133 and saw no noticeable difference between that and 1600.

Being the sound quality loving guy I am, I would upgrade your audio setup in the form of new headphones and a DAC if you really want to get serious, but that's just my 2cents.gif
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You can definitely get cans that benifit from a sound card / DAC for under $300. Same with Speakers for less than $500.

Agreed on the RAM, the real-world difference from 1600 to 1866 MHz isn't going to be noticeable.
RAID 0 on the SSD would definitely yield better numbers, but gain the noticeable difference in certain things, depends.

Quality sound IMO would be the most noticable of all the upgrades, but better hardware would be required to pair with it.
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post #15 of 18
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Sound card is my vote as well, but (as stated) you should get some nice cans + a mic, rather than a headset.

I agree. You should get the sound card and better audio. I tested the siruis and you are really missing out on good sound quality. Also, you will have far better sound details with a good pair of stereo cans than the "5.1" that the CM set offers.
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OK, here is what you do.

Step 1: Sell your current SSD. Use some of the money you have and get a larger drive. Go with samsung. The intel stuff WAS good.....now it is just over priced.

Step 2: Overclock your ram yourself. There is little benefit from getting higher speed ram as it is. As long as you aren't using more than 80% of your ram in real world applications, then don't waste your money.

Your headphones need to go. For you to get a sound card and use poor quality headphones, you aren't going to notice much of a difference.

I would recommend you get the fostex T50-RP and the asus DGX sound card.

However, I will also add that there is a head-fi meet in the beginning of May for us virginians in northern VA (pretty close to DC actually). I know that would be a LONGGGGGG drive for you, but you would be able to audition headphones and get a feels for what you actually like. Just a thought.
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post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by Tjj226 Angel View Post

OK, here is what you do.

Step 1: Sell your current SSD. Use some of the money you have and get a larger drive. Go with samsung. The intel stuff WAS good.....now it is just over priced.

Step 2: Overclock your ram yourself. There is little benefit from getting higher speed ram as it is. As long as you aren't using more than 80% of your ram in real world applications, then don't waste your money.

Your headphones need to go. For you to get a sound card and use poor quality headphones, you aren't going to notice much of a difference.

I would recommend you get the fostex T50-RP and the asus DGX sound card.

However, I will also add that there is a head-fi meet in the beginning of May for us virginians in northern VA (pretty close to DC actually). I know that would be a LONGGGGGG drive for you, but you would be able to audition headphones and get a feels for what you actually like. Just a thought.

Agreed.
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I am looking to upgrade my sig rig for arround 225 bucks

Keep the OP in mind when you guys are giving advice.
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