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Hi all, as some of you may know its that oh so happy tax-return time of the year. and im thinking about adding to my system. The thing is I dont know what in it's own right will make the biggest difference in speed. Not on a slow system by any means, but any improvement is always nice i figure.


So here's what I had in mind


More Ram? since atm I only have 2 dimms occupied, I hear its beter to have all dimms full.

SSD? still reading up on these, tho boot time is impressive I would need to read up a bit more on real applications it affects. Tho it certainly looks speedy, im also horrified at the thought of erasing everything.

New graphics card? Tho my current card has never had any problems. Not long soon after getting it was Fermi released.b within a year's time its already in a new generation of 5xx series. So not sure if I should jump on now or not.



What do you guys think would be the more worthwhile upgrade?
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post #2 of 9
I say GPU, I'm buying a 580 next week.
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Gpu and ram ( if you actually utilize it )
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post #4 of 9
Personally I would say either faster ram or a gpu like a gtx 570
post #5 of 9
GPU if you game, if not SSD.
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post #6 of 9
If it's your sig rig, a new GPU will help the most. RAM probably won't unless you do a ton of multitasking or use Adobe tools since 4 GB is plenty for general use. An SSD helps a lot with boot times and application startup times but that's about it, IMO it's not worth it for gaming performance or general use.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Citra View Post
GPU if you game, if not SSD.
this.

I upgraded my GPU at Christmas. My next upgrade will be an SSD.
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post #8 of 9
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I see. Well it looks like the majority agree the GPU is most beneficial. thx for the help guys
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
WD Caviar Black 750GB OCZ Agility 3 60gb SATA III  E.C.O ALC Coolittech  Windows 7 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS VH242H 23.6 logitech G15 Coolermaster SilentPro M 850w corsair 600T 
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post #9 of 9
yep better GPU should hit the spot, ssd should come after that. Also if you are just gaming that ram is good to go.
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