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Deploying later this summer and want to give my pc one last good upgrade before i head to afghanistan...

Budget: Max $500 (maybe a bit extra for shipping etc)

Possible Upgrades:
  1. Water Cooling
  2. Eyefinity
  3. Mechanical Keyboard + Mouse + ________?
  4. SSD + __________?
  5. Case + Beautifying my PC haha
  6. New Monitor
  7. CPU Cooler
  8. htc hd7[sexy phone haha]

Eyefinity might not be the greatest idea, i live in the barracks and have a roommate so space is somewhat limited... maybe a gaming monitor with a higher resolution?

Water Cooling is something i'm interested in, especially getting this 6950 under water...

A new case would probably come hand in hand with water cooling and beautification...

Any ideas on possible other upgrades or actual products of ideas on my list and WHY i should go with that particular product would be greatly appreciated.... Ideas I consider will get +REP if you can sell the idea to me
    
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post #2 of 21
SSD would be a good upgrade, would greatly reduce boot times. I just recently upgraded to Mechanical Keyboard and love it. Takes a little getting used to.

Water Cooling would probably be a good upgrade too, maybe someone more experienced in that area can comment on that.

Your system looks pretty good to me.
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post #3 of 21
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SSD would be a good upgrade, would greatly reduce boot times. I just recently upgraded to Mechanical Keyboard and love it. Takes a little getting used to.

Water Cooling would probably be a good upgrade too, maybe someone more experienced in that area can comment on that.

Your system looks pretty good to me.
thanks^^ what mechanical keyboard did you buy?
    
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post #4 of 21
I wouldn't upgrade your CPU cooler as yours is more than adequate. Water cooling is going to be a pain to move (I assume this rig moves around a bit if you're military).

What monitor are you using currently?

My solution for the hair dryer like noise of my 6950 was to put an aftermarket cooler on it, instead of water. I put an Accelero Xtreme Plus on it with the VR001 heatsink kit for VRMs, total cost about $70, and my cards no longer pass 50C at full load and are whisper silent. If you are tech saavy enough to take the stock cooler off and feel comfortable doing so (which you will have to do to water cool anyway) then I would highly recommend this.

I would recommend an air cooling overhaul in essence. Grab a new case, with this new GPU cooler, perhaps some personal touches for your case if you are interested in the looks..and you will have some money left over here.

With leftovers, I would suggest SSD hands down.

Summary: Aftermarket GPU cooler, new case, SSD. It will come in on budget, easily. I would go with something like Accelero Xtreme Plus + VR001, HAF X, 120 GB SSD of choice, all of which can be done on your $500 budget and will give you noticeable performance jumps.
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post #5 of 21
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next time it moves it will be going into storage or a friends house.. so it will be drained etc anyway...
great ideas though...
    
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post #6 of 21
afganistan = very dusty & hot??

invest in water cooling in as compact a case as possible and a good way of keeping dust out of pc

SSD is also a nice idea
post #7 of 21
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afganistan = very dusty & hot??

invest in water cooling in as compact a case as possible and a good way of keeping dust out of pc

SSD is also a nice idea
haha that would be a good idea if it was coming with me

buying a amd fusion for afghanistan haha
    
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Originally Posted by optikalthps View Post
thanks^^ what mechanical keyboard did you buy?
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post #9 of 21
For $ 500.00 you could go to a P67 board and CPU, the rest of your system seems solid and the 212 does great with Sandy

Not on the list but sometimes the best ideas are overlooked

If you are a AMD fanboy then I would look to a SSD boot drive and roll with some water cooling,

All option could be done with in you budget
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post #10 of 21
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Witchdoctor View Post
For $ 500.00 you could go to a P67 board and CPU, the rest of your system seems solid and the 212 does great with Sandy

Not on the list but sometimes the best ideas are overlooked

If you are a AMD fanboy then I would look to a SSD boot drive and roll with some water cooling,

All option could be done with in you budget
waiting till i get back from deployment and then im probably going ivy bridge or whatever new cpu's they have out at that point... but i did think about SB....
    
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