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Alright well as the title states, I'm looking for the best upgrade in the 150-200$ CAD price range. What this system is mainly used for is: gaming at a resolution of 1920x1200, some HD movies and the occasional converting of movies.

So far I've considered

1) Crucial C300 64GB SSD 139.99$

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...-357-_-Product

2)Phenom II X6 1055T 189.99$

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...-851-_-Product

3) GTX 460 1GB( To SLI with current card) 149.99$
(Is this a price mistake, because it seems awfully low for this card ?)
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...278&CatId=3669

Will consider any other good options! Thanks.

PS: Wasn't sure about the section, sorry if this isn't appropriate.
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post #2 of 12
Go for the SSD man! You will notice the biggest overall improvement in your rig with one.
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Alright well as the title states, I'm looking for the best upgrade in the 150-200$ CAD price range. What this system is mainly used for is: gaming at a resolution of 1920x1200, some HD movies and the occasional converting of movies.

So far I've considered

1) Crucial C300 64GB SSD 139.99$

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...-357-_-Product

2)Phenom II X6 1055T 189.99$

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...-851-_-Product

3) GTX 460 1GB( To SLI with current card) 149.99$
(Is this a price mistake, because it seems awfully low for this card ?)
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...278&CatId=3669

Will consider any other good options! Thanks.

PS: Wasn't sure about the section, sorry if this isn't appropriate.
I would go with the CPU but if you could put 10$ more you can get the 1075T.
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Go for the SSD man! You will notice the biggest overall improvement in your rig with one.
It's really what I'm leaning for right now, I'll wait and see if there's more responses but I'm probably picking that up! Thanks.


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I would go with the CPU but if you could put 10$ more you can get the 1075T.
For 30$ more ?, but for gaming the extra 2 cores wouldn't make such a difference, would it ? I mean compared to an SSD or an added GPU.
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It's really what I'm leaning for right now, I'll wait and see if there's more responses but I'm probably picking that up! Thanks.




For 30$ more ?, but for gaming the extra 2 cores wouldn't make such a difference, would it ? I mean compared to an SSD or an added GPU.
199$ http://www.shopbot.ca/m/?m=1075T , probably not for now 6 cores is not needed but in the future yes or a videocard but if I were you I wouldnt go for the SSD.
Edited by C.Ronaldo7 - 12/25/10 at 8:58pm
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post #6 of 12
I think that C300, 1055t and GTX460 is a great balanced upgrade.
post #7 of 12
its funny, because youve listed the upgrades in order greatest to least impact on overall system performance based on the criteria you stated.

The SSD is going to give you the greatest overall perfomance gain, your load times will be faster in games, your OS start up times will be faster, and file transfers will be faster.

The X6 will reduce your movie conversion time substantially, but less than that of having the ssd. More programs and games are being designed multithreaded, and are capable of using 3+ cores, you may see a performance gain in games that can use all 6 threads, however I dont think there are any yet. Then again, you could always convert files while gaming, if you really wanted to .

The GPU being your last upgrade selection, will most likely have the least impact on your overall system performance. It will help in gaming, especially at your monitor's resolution, however thats heavily dependent on what games, and what settings.

I would say go for all three if you had the funds, but being that you dont currently, I would jump on that ssd, or possibly save towards a larger one if thats the route you go.

Good luck!
post #8 of 12
Go to NCIX
their boxing day deals are amazing as always
Even then you could price match to Newegg, etc. there
post #9 of 12
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Thanks everyone for the input. Well I got a little more money then expected since a friend of mine wants to buy my cpu and mobo, so I'm picking the SSD someday this week and I have pending here on the forum an X6 with a new motherboard to replace mine So I get two of what I listed, now I only need the gpu a little later. For now I should see a GREAT improvement I'm thinking.
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post #10 of 12
Case: Antistatic bag on a shelf ?

get a good case, and ssd

i dont think your psu can handle another gtx460
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