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So my aunt is asking me for a Christmas list, and she said she's really open to the online shopping thing because its less work for her.

Based on past history she's good for around $100-150. Unfortunately that rules out a video card, which is the current bottleneck in my system.

Any ideas? It has to be from either NCIX or newegg.ca.
    
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Maybe go for a RAID setup? A pair of those WD 320's is pretty fast.
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Big hard drive for space or 10k VelociRaptor for speed. Either way, hard drives seem like the way to go.
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Maybe go for a RAID setup? A pair of those WD 320's is pretty fast.
Yeah, that's the only idea I can think of as well. Everything else seems pretty balanced out.
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The only real thing I can think of is another hard drive for RAID and a cooler for your 9800GTX+. The Arctic Cooling Accelero 2 or a Thermaltake Duorb or a Thermalright HR-03 (here too) or Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme
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post #6 of 29
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I really don't need any more HDD, I already have 5. Yes, going RAID may help, but I really don't notice any slowdowns with my 7200.10, and I don't care about boot times since I always just put my computer in sleep mode.

I probably won't be ordering until Christmas anyways, so I might be able to add another $100 to $150 onto the total. I'm really not seeing too much for $150 either, so what about $300?
    
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post #7 of 29
Explain to her that what you want is a bit expensive but money/giftcard(I am sure newegg has something like that) towards it would be awesome.
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post #8 of 29
Better cpu maybe? (with $300)

Maybe E8400 or even a quad?
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post #9 of 29
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Originally Posted by nathris View Post
So my aunt is asking me for a Christmas list, and she said she's really open to the online shopping thing because its less work for her.

Based on past history she's good for around $100-150. Unfortunately that rules out a video card, which is the current bottleneck in my system.

Any ideas? It has to be from either NCIX or newegg.ca.
A Power Supply may do you some good. A 500watt PSU running all that? A 700 would be sweet!
    
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Buy a 780i and later get another 9800
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