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Upgrade to SSD or whole new machine?

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Hi all

It has been a while since I have posted. But I have been browsing around and reading threads to stay somewhat current.

Basically I am thinking of upgrading my Sig Rig.

I am not totally sure if I NEED to upgrade my machine. It is still fairly snappy and decent when I game.

I am reading that the sandy bridge is coming out in 9 days, so I may wait for that before I make any decisions.

I was thinking about just getting a decent SSD and replace my current graphics cards with just one, but I don't want to spend over $300 on the upgrades. That is a pretty tight budget right now. I have also thought about doing a full new machine with Intel CPU since it has been years since I had a Intel machine. That will have to be in the future.

All in all, are there any current updates that I can make to my machine that will make it last another year or so, without breaking the bank?

Just wanted to post on my thoughts.

Thanks
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Fortunately you have a legendary graphics card setup. SSDs have a noticeable improvement on OS performance, and grabbing a $300 graphics card (or two that fit into that amount) would give you a boost in games.

I suppose it depends on what you do more of. If you're gaming, and playing games that you can't max out with your cards, upgrade that. If you're outside of games more often than not, an SSD is a welcome upgrade. Then again, depending on the games you play, they may benefit from an SSD as well.
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Well honestly, I don't really game a whole lot on the pc anymore. I have a PS3, and a 360 and I don't really game on the 360 at all either.....

Anyway, I think I just have that upgraders itch, it has been a year or so since I upgraded my machine. I usually don't go all out on upgrades due to money, etc.

I would like a new graphics card. The 8800's in SLI seem to work decent. I usually play TF2 and NFS: Hot pursuit as of lately. Nothing to graphics intense.

I may only upgrade to a SSD. I read in CPU mag that a new sandy bridge controller is on its way out which may increase performance heavily. Not sure when or what the prices for those will be though.
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A SSD will definitely improve system performance as far as booting Windows and opening programs go. Game loading will be increased a bit as well. You already have a nice (albeit outdated) graphics card setup, so I would buy a new SSD to improve all around performance (not just gaming). That way, if you were to upgrade to a whole new rig in the future, the SSD will be transferable between the two.
    
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