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post #1 of 6
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Hey guys, I just wanted to hear about what all of you think as far as what I want to upgrade for my sig rig goes. It's in order from the highest priority to lowest:
  1. SSD
  2. Video card to a GTX 480 or better
  3. Possibly wireless network card
  4. Motherboard
  5. Better CPU cooler - preferably a liquid cooling system
  6. More RAM
I've completed enough of this list that I'm no longer going to look at it; here's my new one :
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheRockMonsi View Post
  1. An external hard drive to back up all of my data.
  2. A shroud for my 480 radiator.
  3. Another SSD for more game storage.
  4. Maybe better headphones (I currently have the SENNHEISER PC151 Headset).
I mainly need help finding a shroud, so if you could help me there I'd greatly appreciate it.
Edited by TheRockMonsi - 6/23/11 at 2:10pm
 
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Mushkin Callisto 120GB SSD + WD 7200RPM 500GB Who cares? Windows 7 Home Premuim 64bit Viewsonic vx2265wm 
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AZIO Levetron Mech4 CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W NZXT M59 Logitech G9x 
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A4-3300 APU BIOSTAR TA75M+ AMD Radeon HD 6450 G.SKILL Ripjaws 
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Corsair Nova Series 2 CSSD-V60GB2 SSD Ultra ChillTec Black I-Inc iP-192ABB 19" Class Widescreen LCD Monitor Mushkin Enhanced Volta MKNPSVT500 PSU 
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post #2 of 6
Your motherboard is a good one, unless you want to upgrade to, say, a Phenom II x6 and 2000Mhz memory. I say just stay with your current motherboard unless you have problems with it i.e. vDroop.
post #3 of 6
I would recommend the CoolIT ALC ECO cpu cooler. Good price, good performance. You can also run it with 2x 120mm fans push/pull. And if you want more ram, just buy more of your current ram. Its very good! The ALC ECO will not come in the way of filling all your ram slots.
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^ OR you could get a rasa 750 kit.. 240 or 360. better peformance and can add gpu in later if ya want :}
    
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Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post
Your motherboard is a good one, unless you want to upgrade to, say, a Phenom II x6 and 2000Mhz memory. I say just stay with your current motherboard unless you have problems with it i.e. vDroop.
Okay, cool. I originally wanted to upgrade because I wanted to see how much further I could push my RAM because I felt as though my mobo was holding back some OC'ing potential. But if it's the mobo and it's NB, would LC'ing it give me more head room for upping the ref clock for higher memory speeds (the highest stable clock I can get is 300 at this point)?
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Originally Posted by plogservice View Post
I would recommend the CoolIT ALC ECO cpu cooler. Good price, good performance. You can also run it with 2x 120mm fans push/pull. And if you want more ram, just buy more of your current ram. Its very good! The ALC ECO will not come in the way of filling all your ram slots.
I feel at this point, if I'm going liquid cooling, I'm going all out and getting a true LCS. That way I can also cool other things like the NB, or GPU's as well. And as far as the RAM goes, that's exactly what I plan on doing. Once I get a better cooler that doesn't take up my RAM slots, I'm going to get more of what I have already.
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Originally Posted by Liighthead View Post
^ OR you could get a rasa 750 kit.. 240 or 360. better peformance and can add gpu in later if ya want :}
Yes, that's the language I'm speaking.
 
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Mushkin Callisto 120GB SSD + WD 7200RPM 500GB Who cares? Windows 7 Home Premuim 64bit Viewsonic vx2265wm 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
AZIO Levetron Mech4 CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W NZXT M59 Logitech G9x 
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A4-3300 APU BIOSTAR TA75M+ AMD Radeon HD 6450 G.SKILL Ripjaws 
Hard DriveCoolingMonitorPower
Corsair Nova Series 2 CSSD-V60GB2 SSD Ultra ChillTec Black I-Inc iP-192ABB 19" Class Widescreen LCD Monitor Mushkin Enhanced Volta MKNPSVT500 PSU 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Mushkin Callisto 120GB SSD + WD 7200RPM 500GB Who cares? Windows 7 Home Premuim 64bit Viewsonic vx2265wm 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
AZIO Levetron Mech4 CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W NZXT M59 Logitech G9x 
Mouse PadAudio
Razer Goliathus (Speed Edition) ASUS Xonar D1 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
A4-3300 APU BIOSTAR TA75M+ AMD Radeon HD 6450 G.SKILL Ripjaws 
Hard DriveCoolingMonitorPower
Corsair Nova Series 2 CSSD-V60GB2 SSD Ultra ChillTec Black I-Inc iP-192ABB 19" Class Widescreen LCD Monitor Mushkin Enhanced Volta MKNPSVT500 PSU 
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post #6 of 6
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So, I've upgraded everything at this point, but the wireless card (which I don't see myself doing anytime in the foreseeable future). So with all that being done, there is still some room for improvement, but it's more unnecessary than anything. Here are the only things that I still want to buy for my PC:
  1. An external hard drive to back up all of my data.
  2. A shroud for my 480 radiator.
  3. Another SSD for more game storage.
  4. Maybe better headphones (I currently have the SENNHEISER PC151 Headset).
I think the first two things are the closest to a "must buy". The last two things are things I really don't need at all, so I don't see myself ever really buying them.

With all that being said, I really need some help on finding a shroud for my 480 radiator. Any ideas on where to get one? I can't even really find any on the net.
 
The Asgard II
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II x4 965 BE C3 Revision ASRock 890FX DELUXE5 GIGABYTE GTX 480 Super Overclock 8GB G.SKILL PI 1600MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Mushkin Callisto 120GB SSD + WD 7200RPM 500GB Who cares? Windows 7 Home Premuim 64bit Viewsonic vx2265wm 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
AZIO Levetron Mech4 CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W NZXT M59 Logitech G9x 
Mouse PadAudio
Razer Goliathus (Speed Edition) ASUS Xonar D1 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
A4-3300 APU BIOSTAR TA75M+ AMD Radeon HD 6450 G.SKILL Ripjaws 
Hard DriveCoolingMonitorPower
Corsair Nova Series 2 CSSD-V60GB2 SSD Ultra ChillTec Black I-Inc iP-192ABB 19" Class Widescreen LCD Monitor Mushkin Enhanced Volta MKNPSVT500 PSU 
CaseMouse
Xigmatek Asgard II KINGWIN KW-03 Wired Optical 800 dpi Mouse 
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Phenom II x4 965 BE C3 Revision ASRock 890FX DELUXE5 GIGABYTE GTX 480 Super Overclock 8GB G.SKILL PI 1600MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Mushkin Callisto 120GB SSD + WD 7200RPM 500GB Who cares? Windows 7 Home Premuim 64bit Viewsonic vx2265wm 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
AZIO Levetron Mech4 CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W NZXT M59 Logitech G9x 
Mouse PadAudio
Razer Goliathus (Speed Edition) ASUS Xonar D1 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
A4-3300 APU BIOSTAR TA75M+ AMD Radeon HD 6450 G.SKILL Ripjaws 
Hard DriveCoolingMonitorPower
Corsair Nova Series 2 CSSD-V60GB2 SSD Ultra ChillTec Black I-Inc iP-192ABB 19" Class Widescreen LCD Monitor Mushkin Enhanced Volta MKNPSVT500 PSU 
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