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I've just sold a ton of older computer components on ebay. I have $203.47 sitting in my paypal account that I want to put towards upgrades for my sig rig.

Here are some ideas I've had:

  1. SSD, I think I need at least 90GB so that I can have Win7 and 2-3 games installed at a time and I want the absolute fastest SATA II SSD I can get for $200--Is this it? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227611
  2. PSU, I'm thinking that my sig rig's current PSU does the job fine. My only probably is that BFG is out of business and if something happened to the PSU I wouldn't get an RMA and more importantly...they wouldn't cover the costs of any components damaged by the PSU failure. I think an extremely high quality 650W PSU is what I'm looking for. I want a little headroom in case I go SLI or upgrade to an entirely different and much more powerful GPU. I also want it to have enough power in the case that I do a full system upgrade(most likely 1366 i7). I also plan on building a custom CPU water loop eventually and there is also the possibility of adding fans, lights, etc. Would the 650W be enough because I do not want to run into a situation later on down the road that my new PSU doesn't provide enough power. Here is the PSU I've been looking at: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139012
Is the 650W enough to handle all possible future upgrades to my rig or should I get the 750W? It would be horrible to find out I needed a more powerful PSU whenever I decide to rebuild or perform a massive upgrade on my rig.

I've read that the Corsair 850HX is an amazing PSU and is recommended by many people. Is there anything about the 650HX or 750HX that is different from the 850HX other than the wattage? They all have the same features or is there something about the 850HX that makes it such a highly recommended PSU?


Please feel free to inform me of any other upgrades/additions for my sig rig as I might be forgetting one or more options for what I can do.


One more thing...Would it be a good idea to wait and custom build a CPU loop or should I use some of this money to mod my H50 with a 240 RAD and possibly a Res as well?
   
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SSD would be nice, but i think you can put that $200 somewhere else and make a bigger difference in your system

the 750HX and 850HX units are very similar, the HX650 is the one that is different. i would go for the PSU if you want to upgrade later. the 750HX will handle pretty much everything you throw at it and act calmly while you do it. wattage really depends on what GPU you want to upgrade to. with lights, full water cooling, SLI/CFX of GTX570? GTX 560? 6870? 6950? and a 1366 rig, i would go to a 850-1000w unit to make sure i had head room for overclocking and peace of mind. if you dont think you will go that far, then the 750hx will be wonderful

as for modding your H50, i would just sell it as is and if you want to get into Watercooling, get a Rasa RS240 kit. its a CPU water cooling kit sold all in one (except the distilled water) and its really the best way to get into WCing. its real watercooling vs the H50, i will probably get an RS240 or RX240 kit some time to replace my H50. the RS240 kit its $130. you can probably sell your H50 for $40-50 depening on age and condition and get the RS240 kit.

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the 750HX and 850HX units are very similar the HX650 is the one that is different.

i would go for the PSU if you want to upgrade later. the 750HX will handle pretty much everything you throw at it and act calmly while you do it
Congratulations on your 2500th post!!!

Yeah I just read into them a little more and both the 750HX and 850HX are 80+ Silver which from my understanding means they are at least 85% efficient while under a load anywhere between 20%-100%. Max efficiency of these are 90%?

Where the 650HX is 80+ Bronze which, again, from my understanding means they are at least 82% efficient while under a load anywhere between 20%-100%. Max efficiency of this is 85%?

So my power bill should be slightly lower with the 750HX vs the 650HX if all conditions were exactly the same to actually take an accurate measurement?


What is the difference between ATX12V v2.2 and ATX12V v2.3? I'm assuming that if I get the 750HX with the ATX12V 2.3 that it will be more up-to-date with future ATX12V standards than the 650HX? What impact would that difference in ATX12V versions have on my current rig?



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SSD would be nice, but i think you can put that $200 somewhere else and make a bigger difference in your system
When you say this...you are referring to getting a PSU instead right?



I have a Cooler Master HAF932 case and I was wondering if the Corsair CMPSU-750HX cables are long enough to reach everything?

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SSD, your psu is fine
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Sound card
I'm thinking that I don't need a sound card because, well, here is my sound setup...

Boston BA745 2.1 speakers
  • Number of Speakers=2 Speakers + Subwoofer
  • Max. Power Output=1.7 Watt(RMS)
  • Frequency Response=240 - 20000 Hz
  • THD=1%
  • Front Speakers-Dimensions (W x D x H)=3.25 in. x 3.25 in. x 3.25 in.
  • Subwoofer-Dimensions (W x D x H)=6 in. x 6.75 in. x 7.75 in.


Headset(Headphones+Mic)
Couldn't find model number or any specs.






I rarely use the headset and I always plug the headset into the connectors on the right channel Boston front speaker. I never use the SRS USB Adapter.

   
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I'd say SSD, you'll instantly see a difference and you'll be satisfied with the cost/performance.
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I'd say SSD, you'll instantly see a difference and you'll be satisfied with the cost/performance.
Is the SSD I picked out in my OP the fastest one I can get that is within my price range and for being at least 90GB?
   
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Is the SSD I picked out in my OP the fastest one I can get that is within my price range and for being at least 90GB?
I believe so.
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I think that I'm going to go with an SSD this time because I was hoping for a performance gain from this upgrade. I think I'll most definitely have to go with the PSU next upgrade though.
   
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7-4790k 4.7GHz @ 1.299v, HT on Asus Maximus VII Hero, Z97 chipset EVGA GTX 750 TI FTW, Core 1375MHz, TDP 125W 16GB (2x8GB) G. Skill Trident X 1866MHz CL8 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samsung 840 EVO 250GB Patriot Pyro 120GB, SATA 6Gb/s Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB, SATA 3Gb/s Liteon iHBS112-04 SATA BD burner 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC Raystorm CPU Block XSPC Dual Bay res/pump - D5 Vario XSPC EX240mm radiator Bitspower White Rotary Compression Fittings x5 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Bitspower White 90° Rotary Compression Fitting x1 7/16" ID x 5/8" OD Clear Tubing XSPC Xinruilian 1650RPM x4, Push/Pull Corsair AF120 rear exhaust, White ring 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
NZXT Sentry 2 Fan Controller Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Samsung B2230HD @ 1920x1080 Gateway RT3604 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Antec Earthwatts EA-650 Green Cooler Master HAF 932 Logitech G9x Wowpad by Microthin, Graphite surface for optical 
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4.1 surround sound speakers. 5.1 when using mon... Dual 12" Cold Cathode Kit--Ultra Bright UV tubes 
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Intel P9600 Chipset: Intel GM45 Express ATI Radeon HD3470 2x4GB PC3-8500 1066MHz DDR3 
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ADATA 120GB SATA3 SSD Western Digital Scorpio Blue 320GB 5400RPM (WD3... Factory laptop HSF Windows 8.1 Pro x64 
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14.1" LCD Logitech Wireless Mouse M310(Indigo Scroll) 
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