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post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
I'm looking to budget upgrade my sig rig in terms of these:
1. Cooling
2. Performance / Take away any bottle-necking
3. Plus any other advice (ie: "you have a poor ___, you should swap it with ___")

Uses:
1. Moderate to casual gaming mostly, occasionally heavy gaming
currently playing: SC2, D2 expansion, Vindictus, LoL, CS
waiting for: D3+expansions, SC2 expansions, and other future games

2. Online poker
3. Internet browsing/AIM
4. Lots of movies and tv shows (streaming and vid files)
Edited by itzzjason - 2/7/11 at 7:00am
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post #2 of 11
IMHO the best budget upgrades would be to grab a CM 212 ($30) overclock your CPU, and another GTX 260 (you can find them for a pretty good price here on OCN market place) and run SLI - those will give you the biggest performance boost, and then possibly a good SSD boot drive (64GB or so) in total you could get everything for under $300 and it would be a pretty good boost.
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post #3 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by itzzjason;12294527 
I'm looking to budget upgrade my sig rig in terms of these:
1. Cooling
2. Performance / Take away any bottle-necking
3. Plus any other advice (ie: "you have a poor ___, you should swap it with ___")

Windows 7 64bit
Some kind of sound card creative is cheaper than asus.
Ocz ssd for os
Gtx 460
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post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by appleg33k85;12294675 
IMHO the best budget upgrades would be to grab a CM 212 ($30) overclock your CPU, and another GTX 260 (you can find them for a pretty good price here on OCN market place) and run SLI - those will give you the biggest performance boost, and then possibly a good SSD boot drive (64GB or so) in total you could get everything for under $300 and it would be a pretty good boost.

sorry i edited OP
as you can see, i don't think i need a ssd or another gtx 260 in sli...or do i?
as for the cm 212, sadly...i don't know how to oc...so do i really need to upgrade the cpu fan?
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post #5 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by itzzjason;12294758 
sorry i edited OP
as you can see, i don't think i need a ssd or another gtx 260 in sli...or do i?
as for the cm 212, sadly...i don't know how to oc...so do i really need to upgrade the cpu fan?

If you are gaming and watching movies having 2x 460's would be great. Also You have 1 single drive, you need to get another HD or get a SSD for OS. 1TB is too much for a OS drive.
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post #6 of 11
get another 260 not a 460....
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post #7 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Johnny Guitar;12304260 
get another 260 not a 460....

What why? A 460 can be found for under 200 easy
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post #8 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by i7Stealth1366;12299880 
If you are gaming and watching movies having 2x 460's would be great. Also You have 1 single drive, you need to get another HD or get a SSD for OS. 1TB is too much for a OS drive.

I got a question how come having a single drive is bad? Why does he need another? I know that people have like os on ssd and other stuff on hard drive but it is required now?
post #9 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by ntherblast;12308450 
I got a question how come having a single drive is bad? Why does he need another? I know that people have like os on ssd and other stuff on hard drive but it is required now?

I wouldn't say its required, but say that drive crashes, you will lose everything. If you have multiple drives and say your OS drive crashes, all you have to do is grab another and you will still have all your music games and other entertainment. This can be solved by using a external back up but you will boot faster if you have a boot drive. For example I have a 500GB WD black drive for now and I have my OS partitioned to 50GB and nothing else on the drive. This lets the drive only have to look through 50GB rather than 500GB. I have a 1.5TB for multimedia and a external 1.5TB for back up (I built it).
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post #10 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by i7Stealth1366;12307648 
What why? A 460 can be found for under 200 easy

2x gtx 260s > 460
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