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So I've been working some extra shifts over the Winter and have a nice amount of cash to spend on an upgrade, only thing is my system is pretty well balanced already (specs in sig) and I don't know what component I should upgrade, if at all, as I can't really complain about my current performance.

My thoughts are either:
Go 2011 with a 3930k or 3820
Bigger SSD (Samsung 840 EVO 250GB)
Faster RAM (2133 Mhz kit)
Either XFire my 7970 or sell it and get a 780 or the new AMD Hawaii flagship. (I use a 96Hz 1440p monitor)
I pretty much just use my rig for gaming.
Any and all thoughts/suggestions are appreciated (just please don't suggest a Titan, they cost 1.2k here in Australia tongue.gif)
post #2 of 7
You'd get more bang for your buck by getting another 7970. I think that would be your best bet. A 7970 is just about as fast as a 770 and depending on optimizations and such a 780 is about 30% faster.
As far as the 3930k goes, go ahead and get the Ivy-E. Boards are currently having problems push past 4.5Ghz for most, but that's faster than a 5.0Ghz 3960x. My friend has the numbers if you want me to back that up.

Unless you're using a RAM disk and just want the ease of buying a 2133Mhz kit, I'd suggest you try overclocking your ram. I've can get the same RAM you have stable at 2133.

What use would you have for the extra space on the SSD? I'm not suggesting that you shouldn't go for it, but if you really aren't hurting for space, save the money for something else. tongue.gif
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You'd get more bang for your buck by getting another 7970. I think that would be your best bet. A 7970 is just about as fast as a 770 and depending on optimizations and such a 780 is about 30% faster.
As far as the 3930k goes, go ahead and get the Ivy-E. Boards are currently having problems push past 4.5Ghz for most, but that's faster than a 5.0Ghz 3960x. My friend has the numbers if you want me to back that up.

Unless you're using a RAM disk and just want the ease of buying a 2133Mhz kit, I'd suggest you try overclocking your ram. I've can get the same RAM you have stable at 2133.

What use would you have for the extra space on the SSD? I'm not suggesting that you shouldn't go for it, but if you really aren't hurting for space, save the money for something else. tongue.gif
Thanks for the suggestions. The reason I listed the older Sandy E chips is because they're selling for pretty cheap on eBay, around $250 for a 3820 and $300-400 for a 3930k. That's interesting about Ivy E having much stronger clock for clock performance, as some of the games I play have terrible multi threading and really rely on having strong single-core performance.
Never knew my RAM could OC so high, what timings are you using?
The extra space on an SSD would be used for moar games. on my 128 GB I can only fit 1 game, which isn't so bad as I only tend to play 1 game at a time.
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1 game you cant be serious... I currently have about 20 games installed taking up 192GB
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Thanks for the suggestions. The reason I listed the older Sandy E chips is because they're selling for pretty cheap on eBay, around $250 for a 3820 and $300-400 for a 3930k. That's interesting about Ivy E having much stronger clock for clock performance, as some of the games I play have terrible multi threading and really rely on having strong single-core performance.
Never knew my RAM could OC so high, what timings are you using?
The extra space on an SSD would be used for moar games. on my 128 GB I can only fit 1 game, which isn't so bad as I only tend to play 1 game at a time.

The timings are pretty high 13 across the board. I put it back to 1600 because it wasn't fully stable. I just hit the XMP profile for it. I kinda cheated. XD I'm sure I could get lower clocks if I actually bothered to do it myself, but now I've got two 780 classys and I'm working on the getting those suckers overclocked.

How can you only fit one game on a 128GB SSD? O.o
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The timings are pretty high 13 across the board. I put it back to 1600 because it wasn't fully stable. I just hit the XMP profile for it. I kinda cheated. XD I'm sure I could get lower clocks if I actually bothered to do it myself, but now I've got two 780 classys and I'm working on the getting those suckers overclocked.

How can you only fit one game on a 128GB SSD? O.o
Lol, about the SSD I should have mentioned that it's also my primary boot/program drive tongue.gif With around a 20GB game on it as well I have around 30GB free, I could probably fit 1 more game on but I'd rather have more 'breathing space'
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You must have a lot of programs.
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