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Hey guys.
So I've been meaning to upgrade my sig rig for a while but haven't had the funds.
Yay for birthday money biggrin.gif

I now have ~$170 AUD to spend on some form of upgrade. I want it to be either:
  • HDD upgrade to SSD
  • GPU upgrade
  • or something else...

I can pick up a Samsung 840 Pro 128GB for ~$108 AUD from MSY.
In terms of a GPU upgrade I was thinking Crossfire 5770, but then found out that 6950's are going cheap in my area (~$70-100), cheap enough that it's not worth a 5770 Crossfire upgrade.
In fact, if I upgraded my GPU I could sell my 5770 for about the same price locally, and it will sell, so I could basically get it for "free".

What do you guys think will be the better upgrade?
If you could add, what else do you think would be worth upgrading?
I know I don't have a lot of RAM, I am a sound engineer and do a lot of audio processing so I do need to get ~16GB in the future, but it's not something I need desperately.
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Not sure how the 6950 upgrade wouldn't be a no brainer if you can basically get it free after selling your current GPU? the SSD would certainly help in the everyday "feel" of your rig and should definitely be on the top of your list of things to get after the new GPU. I'd wait though to get at least a 256GB (which typically should be around your budget price), that would give you a bit of space to put programs and games on and then just utilize your current HDD as simple storage.
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Originally Posted by appleg33k85 View Post

Not sure how the 6950 upgrade wouldn't be a no brainer if you can basically get it free after selling your current GPU? the SSD would certainly help in the everyday "feel" of your rig and should definitely be on the top of your list of things to get after the new GPU. I'd wait though to get at least a 256GB (which typically should be around your budget price), that would give you a bit of space to put programs and games on and then just utilize your current HDD as simple storage.

This^

If you can get the 6950 and sell the 5770 for approximately the same price then why are you waiting??? The SSD would definitely be an improvement, but the GPU would be a sounder investment. ALSO, do NOT do Crossfire 5770... The HEAT oh lord the HEAAAATTTT.

EDIT: If you need RAM, subscribe to PCPartpicker.com (the Australian one of course) and watch for deals on RAM. Prices are always fluctuating for good RAM so you can wait until a good 16GB kit comes on sale. thumb.gif
Edited by Terrere - 9/9/13 at 6:45am
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If you do go the 6950 route, try your best to get a 2GB version.
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Get the Radeon 7790.
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Get a 6950 2GB, like stated already, you for sure want the 2GB. The SSD would be cool and your PC would boot real fast, but that would not help you game any better. Sell the 5770 and get the 6950 for free, that is what I would do.
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Agree with all the above - and you rig will end up similar to my current one. Does everything I ask of it, although its no match for a i5/7970 rig for gaming. An extra 4GB will also make a difference. In order of preference: SSD > 6950 > +4GB > then OC the 945 to about 3.4GHz to be safe
 
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post #8 of 8
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Thanks everybody! I have taken your advice smile.gif
Quote:
Originally Posted by mongen View Post

Agree with all the above - and you rig will end up similar to my current one. Does everything I ask of it, although its no match for a i5/7970 rig for gaming. An extra 4GB will also make a difference. In order of preference: SSD > 6950 > +4GB > then OC the 945 to about 3.4GHz to be safe

Cheers, my 945 is OC'ed to 3.4GHz at the moment smile.gif
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