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I want something that will add another layer of functionality to my computer. I use it as a music/media center for my room and I'm heavy on media consumption. I was thinking maybe one of those PCI DVR type deals. But I'm open to any suggestions.

Also, any suggestions on components to make my rig faster would be appreciated- but I can't really see where I can do much upgrading without swapping out big components (mobo, cpu, gpu, psu) so I'm not really thinking on that path now.
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How about an SSD?
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post #3 of 12
You could add a dedicated soundcard if you don't already have one for more audio outputs/higher quality. It will also marginally increase the speed of your PC overall by offloading the audio processing.

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post #4 of 12
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You could add a dedicated soundcard if you don't already have one for more audio outputs/higher quality. It will also marginally increase the speed of your PC overall by offloading the audio processing.

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I think I'm pretty much set for my "sound card"



SSD is something I was thinking about, also W/C. (Rasa 240)
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SSD is the clear winner in this price range/ rig config

Wait on the new Vertex line and grab it.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by BlahBlahBlah View Post
SSD is the clear winner in this price range/ rig config

Wait on the new Vertex line and grab it.
This. You'd see a much more noticeable increase in overall performance with an SSD than you would with water cooling.
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post #7 of 12
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SSD is the clear winner in this price range/ rig config

Wait on the new Vertex line and grab it.
Are the Vertex the RAID 0 SSDs? I'm liking the C300 right now, is that going to be refreshed/updated any time soon?
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Are the Vertex the RAID 0 SSDs? I'm liking the C300 right now, is that going to be refreshed/updated any time soon?
Couldn't tell you about the Vertex's but I have a C300 and love it. Last time I checked it was the fastest and only SATA 6Gbps drive.
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post #9 of 12
SSD would be the obvious choice, but I think you should wait for the next generation of SSDs.
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post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by LingLing1337 View Post
Are the Vertex the RAID 0 SSDs? I'm liking the C300 right now, is that going to be refreshed/updated any time soon?
You mean, will TRIM still be active (passed on to the controller) while the drives are in RAID? I don't believe so.

Here are the test results, so far:

OCZ Vertex III:
Interface: SATA III
Seq. Read: 550MB/s
Seq. Write: 525MB/s
4K Random Write: 60K IOPS (70K for Pro)

Crucial C400:
Interface: SATA III
Seq. Read: 415MB/s
Seq. Write: 95MB/s-260MB/s (see attachment)
4K Random Write: Unknown

Both drives are employing the new 25nm NAND, but it looks as though the Vertex III is the only drive where this will limit its lifespan substantially.

Oh, and both drives will be released Q1.
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