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 Post subject: Future plans for upgrades
PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 3:32 pm 
Little Foot
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Some of you were here for my build for my current rig. We had disagreements and agreements. In the end looking for future updates. It is ivy bridge so I know there is only so much updating that can be done for CPU but thats I am sure not my bottle neck at this time.

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel i5-3350P 3.1ghz Ivy bridge quad core

Cooler master HAF-922 case

Nivdia Geforce GTX 760 MSI OC edition GPU

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 650W [changed from a 750w version i planned to use thanks for the recommendation guys saved me like 30 bucks on the PSU]

G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model

Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

LG 24X DVD Burner - Bare Drive Black SATA Model

Windows 7 Professional 64bit OS OEM version


So one of the things i thought would be a good update to this fine rig was a SSD to give me improved load times. hearing how much improved they are from the old days i figured I might now have good incentive to get one. Any other thoughts?


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 Post subject: Re: Future plans for upgrades
PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 4:48 pm 
Smithfield
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An SSD will certainly go a long way.


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 Post subject: Re: Future plans for upgrades
PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 4:52 pm 
Little Foot
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Any recommendations? I'd like to load my OS and games onto it while I can keep most pictures and files I don't use on a regular basis on my HDD as a data drive. I was thinking the Samsung 840 Pro model at 500GBs


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 Post subject: Re: Future plans for upgrades
PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2014 11:33 pm 
Little Foot
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Ok so I am looking into SSDs but I am unsure hwo much I need. I currently after removing some games from my 1TB HDD that I play less and can always install on my secondary drive once a SSD is attained leaves me with 640GBs free. So given this and that I can just place games on my HDD if needed later how big of a SSD should I be looking to buy?


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 Post subject: Re: Future plans for upgrades
PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 1:28 am 
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Right now, generally 120 is bare bones minimum, 240-256 is acceptable, 500-512 is good, 1TB is better. The Samsung 840 Series is the current gold-standard, you'd be fine with an EVO instead of a Pro. They're cheaper and in practical terms you're not going to wear one out before you're ready to upgrade (even if that's ten years). Get as much capacity as you can afford.


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 Post subject: Re: Future plans for upgrades
PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 1:57 am 
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Yes, get as much as you can afford. Though depending on how much you have to spend and how much you want to stuff in it and how many ports you have, I'd say get a smaller drive for the OS and core programs, then a larger drive for other programs. Movies, pictures, music, etc. can live on a hard drive.


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 Post subject: Re: Future plans for upgrades
PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 12:26 pm 
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I am not sure what bottleneck you have ID'd with that system. I agree an SSD is the first upgrade that comes to mind and the advice already given is what I would have said.

I am not sure what upgrading will be needed in the future. I can only say looking at your system that a significantly faster GPU and CPU can be had down the road IF needed for your uses.

Upgrades sooner rather than later always seem to make the most sense in the long run. Unless 64-bit apps start to take advantage I doubt adding another 16Gb will be needed either ever or any time soon. Though if trends repeat and DDR4 284 pin ever takes off (I doubt it) DDR3 prices may fall to so low you might as well pick up the 2 x 16Gb for I don't know $50....even if it just becomes a small RAM drive.


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 Post subject: Re: Future plans for upgrades
PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 3:54 pm 
Little Foot
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Facistnation I'll take that as a compliment that I made a decent system hopefully. So far been happy with it. I planned to evnetually upgrade the CPU yes and GPu of course works fine for now but i figure can wait until the 800 series before a update to the GPU. The SSD is my first planned upgrade. I mostly wish to simply make small improvements.


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 Post subject: Re: Future plans for upgrades
PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2014 1:31 am 
Little Foot
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Far as bottle necks I have ID'd the only ones I see are besides my need for an SSD which I already got plotted out is possibly the GPU and CPU in that order. [The GPU being the first likely thing to bottle neck] am considering if a moderate CPU upgrade might be wise followed by then a wait till the next gen of NVIDIA cards.


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 Post subject: Re: Future plans for upgrades
PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2014 5:08 am 
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With the current rate of how things are going performance wise, a CPU upgrade isn't really necessary. The only litmus test I have for such a thing is just upgrade the GPU until it stops giving a performance upgrade, because in gaming, 9 times out of 10 it's the GPU that needs upgrading.


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 Post subject: Re: Future plans for upgrades
PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 9:05 pm 
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I assumed it'd be best to wait until the next gen of GPUs to do any upgrade my 760 will do fine for now I figured and by the time I upgrade it I'll have a far better idea of what a good upgrade is for the value.


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 Post subject: Re: Future plans for upgrades
PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2014 5:43 pm 
Little Foot
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Say I was thinking I know I wish to do a duel monitor set up sometime I assume it'd be wise to upgrade my GPU before that to avoid game quality degradation?


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 Post subject: Re: Future plans for upgrades
PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2014 5:46 pm 
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Dual monitor setups have no impact on gaming performance because the GPU doesn't render anything on the second screen (unless you're in windowed or borderless windowed, then it'll show the desktop). At worst it'll eat into VRAM, since it still sends a signal to the monitor, but not a whole lot.


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 Post subject: Re: Future plans for upgrades
PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2014 5:48 pm 
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I multi task a lot so I just wanna be sure if I am jumping back and forth between chat and other things and gaming. so need it to not screw up my gaming or lag when I shift over.


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 Post subject: Re: Future plans for upgrades
PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2014 7:08 pm 
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Some games won't like it if you alt+tab out. Skyrim for instance will have a mouse cursor visible if you do it not in a menu.


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 Post subject: Re: Future plans for upgrades
PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2014 10:01 pm 
Little Foot
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I thought I'd have to do less alt tabbing with a duel monitor set up. Or how could i use those to my advantage?


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 Post subject: Re: Future plans for upgrades
PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2014 10:34 pm 
Smithfield
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Full screen games black out the other monitors.


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 Post subject: Re: Future plans for upgrades
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 6:35 pm 
Little Foot
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sorry to resurrect but just remembered I never posted pics for you guys of the PC your advice helped build some of. Posted in the top links at the bottom. Enjoy!


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 Post subject: Re: Future plans for upgrades
PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 8:09 am 
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So wait.... you resurrect your thread to post links to photos, but no to give an update on the upgrades??? Did you get an SSD, or even upgrade anything yet???

BTW... you can post photos in your posts using [ img ] [ /img ] tags


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 Post subject: Re: Future plans for upgrades
PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 8:37 am 
Little Foot
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I do not have the money atm. I hope to buy the 840 sad I want in a month or 2 maybe. Consider these before pics.


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