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Let's say I have $300 right now that goes toward my sig rig. What should I upgrade? I am really not up to date with the current hardwares.
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post #2 of 18
Well, everything looks really good, the only thing i would change is the graphics card, maybe wait for nvidias new ones, or ATI's new ones.
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New CPU heatsink maybe?
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New CPU heatsink maybe?
What would you recommend? Is the TRUE still at the top?
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post #5 of 18
Better CPU cooler and overclock that puppy. I don't think a new graphics card is worth the investment, the 8800 G80 640MB is close enough to the current offerings that it's not really worth sinking another $225+ for a marginal improvement. Your CPU and board are fine, good PSU too. Maybe a better case for more airflow, or one with more bells and whistles to make you happy.

Another consideration could be better speakers/sound card, or better keyboard and mouse. Maybe a bigger monitor?

EDIT: The TRUE is good but expensive. Try the direct contact heatpipe coolers like the Xigmatek S1283 or the OCZ Vendetta 2.
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I would upgrade the monitor. Go bigger, take advantage of that 8800.

Just out of curiousity, why are you underclocking that quad?
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Originally Posted by TaiDinh View Post
What would you recommend? Is the TRUE still at the top?
Liquid cooling FTW.
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post #8 of 18
Another 2gb kit, a better CPU HSF, and maybe a 22" monitor.
    
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post #9 of 18
Get a Tuniq or Vendetta 2. 2 more GB of ram.
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Originally Posted by durch View Post
Better CPU cooler and overclock that puppy. I don't think a new graphics card is worth the investment, the 8800 G80 640MB is close enough to the current offerings that it's not really worth sinking another $225+ for a marginal improvement. Your CPU and board are fine, good PSU too. Maybe a better case for more airflow, or one with more bells and whistles to make you happy.

Another consideration could be better speakers/sound card, or better keyboard and mouse. Maybe a bigger monitor?

EDIT: The TRUE is good but expensive. Try the direct contact heatpipe coolers like the Xigmatek S1283 or the OCZ Vendetta 2.
Thank you. Any cooler should be better than my stock, lol.

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Originally Posted by dM@n View Post
Liquid cooling FTW.
I'll think about that. I always wanted to go water.

Quote:
Originally Posted by gibsonnova74 View Post
I would upgrade the monitor. Go bigger, take advantage of that 8800.

Just out of curiousity, why are you underclocking that quad?
Bigger monitor. 22" ~ 24" maybe. But then there goes the entire $300.

The main reason I underclocked my Quad is because of the heat. It's not that my Quad is running too hot. It is because it gives off so much heat into my little room. =/

Thank you all for the suggestions so far!
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