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 Post subject: Upgrade or enjoy as is?
PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 3:40 pm 
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Hi guys!
I built my current machine in 2010. I did my best (and drained the bank) to find the best available components and fit it all in a well ventilated mid-tower case.
Over the past couple of years I've upgraded my card 1x to the current GTX 680 Classified. My system drive is a (hot at the time) Corsair 128Gb Extreme Edition SSD. I'd like to have a little more room and am wondering if I upgraded to 256gb, can get a performance boost in the process?
I've heard a little about RevoDrives...
Is this worth looking into? (Seems like I heard they were buggy and a pain to install Windows to).
Is there a regular drive that (even though my board is SATA II) can give me a bump in performance? (my preferred path)
Also,
Is it worth investing in a new, top of the line Graphics card?
This system has aged so gracefully... it still rips along pretty good and is very well balanced. It is stable as a rock and has not crashed or let me down a single time!
I'm certain I could take my stable overclock (4Ghz) a little further...

Below are my specs and a couple of pics. Many thanks!


• Case: Antec 902 Mid Tower. 200mm Top Fan / 2, 120mm Front Fans / 1, 120mm Rear Fan

• Power Supply: Corsair HX1000, 1000 Watt, Modular

• Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

• Mainboard: EVGA E760 Classified 3X-SLI Intel 1366 X58 with Dual Noise Blocker 40x10mm fans on North Bridge Cooler

• CPU: Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition 3.33GHz LGA 1366 Hexa-Core with Hyperthreading and Turbo Boost Technology (@4Ghz)

• CPU Cooler: Prolimatech Megashadow with Dual Noise Blocker 120x25mm PWM fans

• Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 Classified, 4GB Memory

• Memory: Mushkin Redline Ridgeback 999000 - 3x4GB, DDR3-12800 / 1600MHz @ 7-8-7-24

• Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional PCIE

• System Drive: Corsair 128GB Extreme Edition SSD

• Storage Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB HDD

• Optical Drive 1: Lite-On SATA BD / DVD / CD ROM

• Optical Drive 2: Lite-On 24X SATA DVD / CD Writer

• Case Mods: Cold Cathode Lighting w/ Front Panel LED Rocker Switches / Digital Ambient Case Temp Display / Custom Side Window

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 Post subject: Re: Upgrade or enjoy as is?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:47 am 
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It's fine as is. A new SSD maybe worth looking into, but it depends on what you want to throw on there. I find games to run just fine on an HDD and those that do have 30+ second load times do that very infrequently (like only on startup or after an hour long level). The GPU is on the same performance level as a GTX 770, the current sweet spot card. You'd be spending $500 for what amounts to 20% performance increase at best (all other things considered equal).


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 Post subject: Re: Upgrade or enjoy as is?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2014 6:33 pm 
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How about a recommendation on a replacement SSD?
I believe my board is SATA II...
is SATA III backward compatible?

Can one of you recommend a fast, reasonably priced SSD that will give me a bump up in performance from my current?
I want to go to 240 to 256GB.
(From 128GB)

See my build sheet above.

Thanks much!


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 Post subject: Re: Upgrade or enjoy as is?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2014 7:19 pm 
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There's no SSD that will bump your performance because they'll all cap the SATA II interface. You're just getting an SSD for capacity.


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