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I enjoy upgrading and getting new hardware a lot. However, with my current system (seen in Rig in signature) I can't think of anything to add that would make sense and fit within my budget / planning.

However, I'm wondering if anyone here can suggest an upgrade I might want to make.



A few caveats:


- I don't want to buy a new video card until the new AMD cards come out in (hopefully) October or so

- I want to upgrade speakers, but don't have the budget for truly quality ones at the moment






Any ideas?
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post #2 of 8
Are you all good on temps with that cooling solution for your 3770k? I would personally get a NH-D14 for air or maybe go custom loop if its within your budget.

Btw, is your 3770k delidded?
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post #3 of 8
First I'd swap out that 1920x1080 27" for a Qnix 2560x1440 27" for under $300 budget

A much distant second I'd get 2 more 8GB sticks of 2400MHz and Primo ramdisk professional edition for under $200
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My temps are Ok. Able to get to 4.6 with decent temps just pushing the boundary (85-90c RealTemp) with the Evo 212. I have considered the Noctua but don't want to block my ram slots with high profile ram. I have been considering water also, at least an all-in-one but I'm not sure it's worth the 1-200mhz max I may get .... but am still considering it.

That Qnix monitor actually looks quite good. I may look seriously at it. I was thinking about waiting to upgrade my monitor until 120hz monitors are more prevalent and GPUs are better at handling higher res but I the Qnix looks like a rather high quality device for the price, thanks.

I think that if AMD doesn't come out with a good GPU in the fall (as in, something that is at least 25% faster than the 7950), I may just wait a bit to upgrade and get a monitor instead.

Would the Qnix be your first recommendation for the 300 dollar range? Any thoughts about waiting for 120hz?



I'm hoping the RAPID technology from Samsung when it becomes available on the 840 Pro will give me some storage performance boost along the lines of a Ramdisk ... I may give AMD's free download a try also just to see what kind of difference it makes. Thanks guys, good suggestions.
Edited by Robertdt - 8/26/13 at 9:58pm
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post #5 of 8
How is your headphone situation? I bought my headphones for $300 (a dollar amount mentioned in an above post) and I would hate to live without them, especially while gaming.
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post #6 of 8
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Update. To be honest I like what I'm seeing about this Qnix monitor and I may just go ahead and get it, thank you for the suggestion. I think I'll wait to upgrade my GPU instead as I think I'll get more value from a new monitor than a new ~20% faster GPU for 350+
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Samsung 840 Pro SSD Swiftech H220x Windows 7 64 Bit Qnix QX2710 Evolution II 27" 2560x1440p  
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post #7 of 8
If you read the official thread here on OCN about the korean monitors it shows you how to overclock them to 120hz. There might be some luck involved but they seem to be able to et around 94hz min and as high as 144hz.

Yeah monitor upgrades aren't done even as often as mobo's really. Probably the least frequently upgraded thing, but now is a good time to do it. The next will be in a few-5 years when 4k monitors become main stream.

IDK about AMD's 9000 series cards. I have a feeling that with their flag ship card being labeled Hawaii and the press event being in Hawaii... and given the eco-friendliness and cost of electricity in Hawaii, it's probably going to be a lower watt card/s with not much more computing power than the current line and a bigger benefit to the people wasting power mining scrypt coins. At least that's my SWAG, YOLO! tongue.gif
Edited by WOD35 - 8/26/13 at 10:32pm
post #8 of 8
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Thanks. I read some reviews and watched some video reviews and really like the idea of getting essentially a Dell or Apple panel that usually goes for 999.00 for 300. I went ahead and ordered from Amazon.

I think I'll get a lot more value out of this monitor (tons more) at $329 than I would have from a ~25% or so increase in video performance for $350-400. Also, I think what you said about 4k monitors makes a lot of sense instead of waiting for 120hz. Will be looking forward to experimenting with ocing my monitor for the first time tongue.gif
Edited by Robertdt - 8/26/13 at 10:50pm
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Samsung 840 Pro SSD Swiftech H220x Windows 7 64 Bit Qnix QX2710 Evolution II 27" 2560x1440p  
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Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 840 Pro SSD Swiftech H220x Windows 7 64 Bit Qnix QX2710 Evolution II 27" 2560x1440p  
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Corsair Vengeance K70 Corsair TX 750W  Antec P280 Gigabyte M6980X 
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