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So, I don't really know where this belongs, but as I'm thinking about watercooling, I guess I'm going to put it here.

I have my sig rig and have been wanting to get an i7 for quite a while now. The absolute most I can spend on my rig is $250.

Seeing as how I don't see that happening for that price point, I was thinking about watercooling and pushing my current system further for the speed that I so desire. What are your thoughts on this?

Am I crazy for thinking that I can get much more? And after I have it will it make a difference to me in the real world?

I've thought about going SSD, but unsure if that'll be noticeable enough to put that much money out there.
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post #2 of 13
Personally the gains from jumping to something like Sandy will be more than the gains you achieve from W/C and extra OC. Put it into your Ivy fund.
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post #3 of 13
Save up more and Upgrade CPU/mobo/memory. OR pick up an SSD.
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i don't think you will see to much of a performance increase by just pushing what you currently have.

I think it would be more worth it to push for a i7/mobo
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post #5 of 13
SSD is definitely a noticeable upgrade.
post #6 of 13
out of all your options, watercooling is probably the worst one.
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post #7 of 13
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I had a feeling that would be the general consensus as I haven't seen many Q9550's over 4.4GHz.

Guess I'll have to just keep saving a few bucks every week and try and get it that way. Hopefully I can maybe sell the stuff I have to help recoup some losses.

Thanks for the input guys, +Rep.
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post #8 of 13
An SSD is definitely a great investment. You will see the most improvement over any other component you could upgrade, coming from a moving hard drive to an SSD. My opinion, of course, but the SSD is amazing for your boot drive.
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I had a feeling that would be the general consensus as I haven't seen many Q9550's over 4.4GHz.

Guess I'll have to just keep saving a few bucks every week and try and get it that way. Hopefully I can maybe sell the stuff I have to help recoup some losses.

Thanks for the input guys, +Rep.
I've spent less than $200 so far while upgrading to my sig rig, (From a Q6600) and I still have some stuff left to sell.. buying used parts on this site is great!
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My problem right now is that I don't have the liquid capital to make the initial investment and then sell off my old parts.

I was offered a unique deal from a friend of mine...he has a Kingston V+ Corporate drive, it is apparently only sold to larger corporations.

Does anyone have any input on this?
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