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Keep what you got, maybe upgrade to Bulldozer when it comes out. Other then that, put it all in you bank account, maybe even some of it in a CD, then go to town with $3 you make off of it every month.
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You should get one of the HAF cases or get the NZXT Phantom.

Get a real custom water loop.

here is a link to the kit i have and it is great.
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12..._Hot_Item.html
there are a few other versions with different rads.

I would say get an SSD, another video card, a new monitor, new PSU depending on what antec you have now.
Get a new keyboard and mouse that are comfortable.

A nice sound card with some nice headphones and you will be all ready to have a very enjoyable time while using your computer for work or gaming.

You could also get a really comfy chair.
post #73 of 177
My suggestion is to pop in another 6970, overclock everything, and then spend the rest on other things. Get a nice camera. Buy a great set of closed headphones for your dorm room. Put it aside so you can have a social life. I should have been more frugal my freshman year, as I spent a decent amount of money I never needed to on things I didn't really need. That money would be great now, as I'm in a fraternity and dues are expensive! Also, I might be going to Botswana this summer, so I'll have to split the cost of the trip with my folks, most likely. You never know when you might need money to spend on something in college...
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Is your grandmother single?
omg are you serious, i bet you would.
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Time out. Even in grad school (Industrial Engineering) the programs I used to calculate workflow systems, advanced statistic (six sigma) modeling for manufacturing, and other programs could have run on a PII with 256mb of RAM. I work with many math majors in my field and know that you will not need something that powerful. However, if gaming is your main preference, build a system for about $2000 and save the rest for an engagement ring in the future.

No, I'm being dead serious. You are going to want that ring money when the time comes.
post #76 of 177
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Do people know how to save money any more?

This is why we have so many homeless people on our streets
yeah, cuss great grandma's send 4000 $ to thier grandkids then that grand kid spends part of it on a computer and then the other part on stuff he doesn't really need then some dude is ***, u don't need that and he is so depressed he walks away from everyone he knows and starts panhandling and washing windshields on some busy intersection in some major city asking for spare change...

Thats exactly why we have homeless people....
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What kind of scientific computing are you doing/what kind of load does it give your current rig?
    
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Watching this thread is ridiculous, you American guys spend money like it water.

Don't need $4000 only a silver spoon says that.
That is a gross generalization. Most Americans don't have 4000 to spend on a computer. Mine is maybe worth 1000 and I'm looking to upgrade my mobo and ram, that's it. A $250 upgrade.

There are some rich people in the US, just like any country.
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What type of math are you planning on focussing on? Theoretical or applied? As someone who got an undergrad in applied math I can tell you that having a desktop with a ton of computing power can really come in handy. There is nothing worse than trying to get something done waiting in the queue for time on university computers. Having said that, keep the six core AMD now and wait for either Intel or AMD to come out with 8 core chips. The FLOPS on those could be just what you need.
 
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Time out. Even in grad school (Industrial Engineering) the programs I used to calculate workflow systems, advanced statistic (six sigma) modeling for manufacturing, and other programs could have run on a PII with 256mb of RAM. I work with many math majors in my field and know that you will not need something that powerful. However, if gaming is your main preference, build a system for about $2000 and save the rest for an engagement ring in the future.

No, I'm being dead serious. You are going to want that ring money when the time comes.
$2000 for an engagement ring? crikey.....damn superficial society........

My wife and I spent less than $500 for engagement ring and wedding bands.
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