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Best upgrade for $250???

Poll Results: What should I do with around $250

 
  • 4% (1)
    Get a 1090T and pair it with that Noctua....
  • 47% (10)
    Get a 6950
  • 23% (5)
    Get a SSD
  • 23% (5)
    Wait for Bulldozer
21 Total Votes  
post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I can spend right around $250 and would like to make an upgrade.

CPU or Graphics?

I do love to game, but I also do a lot of Video Encoding and multi-tasking. Very much looking forward to Homefront.

I'm looking to increase system performance and game performance. I can't make up my mind which is more important to me....
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post #2 of 17
SSD. With money left over you could pickup at a GTX 460.
     
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post #3 of 17
With the graphics set up you have you could probably sell both cards you have, sell the unlockable 720, and be able to get the hexacore and 6950.

But honestly I'd say you're not hurting on either front. And would get marginal gains. Wait it out a little longer.
     
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post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pao View Post
With the graphics set up you have you could probably sell both cards you have, sell the unlockable 720, and be able to get the hexacore and 6950.

But honestly I'd say you're not hurting on either front. And would get marginal gains. Wait it out a little longer.
Just sold the 4870x2 I had in my sig, forgot to update it.
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post #5 of 17
Another vote for the SSD.
It's the best improvement I have made in my computers by a long shot I think.
Occam's Razor
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post #6 of 17
Grab an unlockable 6950 while they're still available. Wait on the SSD. Prices will fall when the Gen3 SSD's come out.
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post #7 of 17
I do like my SSD, yes. I think I had unreal expectations for them though. Especially since I had short stroked WD 640 blacks in raid0 prior to getting mine. It had less of an impact then I had thought, or been built up to believe, it would.
     
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post #8 of 17
LOL get a 6950 u wont regret it, it would be ur best bet for a big improvement. A ssd is going to do nothing but speed up ur os start up and is a very minor upgrade to normal prog uploads. Plus there is no such thing as a unlockable 6950. the 2gb ones are the ones that are either going to unlock or not.
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post #9 of 17
I voted SSD. I would say it's one of the best, if not the best, investments you can put into a computer; my 30GB Vertex crapped out and I sold the RMA replacement, I'm waiting for this semester to be over to grab a big SSD and do a proper wipe. I'm hurting in the meantime though; my HDDs are definitely fast, and have some of the lowest access times around, but Windows just feels slower after losing the SSD.
post #10 of 17
6950
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