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Sunburn 13th Sep 2014

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OK, I'm a bit out of touch so I need input on a few things

Rig ATM is:
AMD FX-8320 on Asus M5A97 R2.0 MoBo
2x4 GB G.Skill RipjawsX
XFX Radeon 7770
Two VERY old WD HDDs (200 and 240 GBs respectively)
Seasonic S12II 430 PSU
And a completely stock bad case

I've been thinking of getting a new case, GPU and HDD.
For case I was thinking CM K380 which I can get new for about 45€
On GPU I need input, I was eyeing Sapphire Radeon R9 270X, I can get a 2GB version for 210€ or a 4GB version for 250€. I need input on whether the 40€ difference is worth it.

Lastly I need advice on HDD replacements. since i have multiple choices:
OCZ Vertex 4 120GB SSD + 1000GB WD Green for 50€ + 65€
Toshiba 500GB SSHD for 72€
Or just stay wih classic HDD and get a 1000 GB WD Caviar Black for 90€

CPU and MBO would stay put since I really don't think they need replacement ATM.
Oh, and I am also not sure about needing stronger PSU for R9. SII is a great PSU but I'm a tad worried.


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darkfireeye 14th Sep 2014

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unfortunately I'm out of touch too .. otherwise I would love to help with some suggestions. Hope some others here are more into it atm!


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Geekbyte 14th Sep 2014

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QuoteOK, I'm a bit out of touch so I need input on a few things

Rig ATM is:
AMD FX-8320 on Asus M5A97 R2.0 MoBo
2x4 GB G.Skill RipjawsX
XFX Radeon 7770
Two VERY old WD HDDs (200 and 240 GBs respectively)
Seasonic S12II 430 PSU
And a completely stock bad case

I've been thinking of getting a new case, GPU and HDD.
For case I was thinking CM K380 which I can get new for about 45€
On GPU I need input, I was eyeing Sapphire Radeon R9 270X, I can get a 2GB version for 210€ or a 4GB version for 250€. I need input on whether the 40€ difference is worth it.

Lastly I need advice on HDD replacements. since i have multiple choices:
OCZ Vertex 4 120GB SSD + 1000GB WD Green for 50€ + 65€
Toshiba 500GB SSHD for 72€
Or just stay wih classic HDD and get a 1000 GB WD Caviar Black for 90€

CPU and MBO would stay put since I really don't think they need replacement ATM.
Oh, and I am also not sure about needing stronger PSU for R9. SII is a great PSU but I'm a tad worried.

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Cases are all down to personal preference and aesthetics, but Coolermaster are usually a good case.

GPU, I prefer NVidia at the moment, although a good deal on a AMD card is not to be sniffed at, but it all depends on price v performance. 4GB is better due to the amount of room in the GPU ram to load textures.

Hard drives.
I can't put it simply enough.... Get an SSD, at least 256GB as you'll find the speed amazing compared to a spinner drive and a 120GB version will fill up very quickly when you put games/programmes onto it.
A traditional spinner HDD (1TB+) will be perfect for storage/non-important progs.

PSU.
Seasonic are a good make, but you have to be careful about the draw from the components as a 430W PSU doesn't allow much flexibility and could cause system instability when gaming. Plus that'll get worse if you try to throw an R9 in there.
Having said that, I've run 2 x 670's & overclocked CPU in my rig on a Corsair 850w without issue and it's powering my 780 now too, so I'd always aim at 750w or higher, but always, always go for a good brand like Seasonic/Corsair etc. Cheap PSU's aren't worth the hassle.



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MrYiff 14th Sep 2014

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One thing to remember about the CPU is that more and more games these days tend to be CPU bound rather than GPU bound so even if you have a really good GPU, if your CPU isn't as good then it *will* end up capping your performance in many games. Intel CPU's also have much better single threaded performance than AMD ones, and with most games still only having a couple of threads having more CPU cores won't help much so intel is still generally better for gaming than AMD.

As Gaz said, keep an eye on that PSU as depending on your parts you may finding yourself hitting power problems when you put the system under load (such as gaming).







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Sunburn 14th Nov 2014

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OK, here's the latest update.

I got the CM K380, looks beautiful to me and has solid cooling options. I immediately crammed to additional CM 120mm vents inside.
For GPU I got a solid deal on a XFX R9 280 3GB variant so I took it.
I upgraded my PSU to XFX TS 550W, that should keep it ticking nicely for a while. (The way I understood it XFX PSUs are pretty much rebranded Seasonics)
As far as HDD goes, I went for a 1TB Seagate Barracuda. It will work for a while until I manage to put some money on the side for an SSD, they're still way overpriced here.

Hopefully I'll be able to sell my old 7770 and Seasonic PSU and get somemoney back to invest in this beauty: http://en.europe.creative ... con3d-omega-wireless


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MrYiff 14th Nov 2014

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Sounds nice mate, upgrades are always fun

Currently debating how much I can/want to spend when I do my new build at xmas, trying to decide if I can justify going for a 5930k and DDR4 ram.






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boldface 15th Nov 2014

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upgrades are indeed nice ,upgraded mine last year ,i did put in a ssd 250 gb for windows partition and it was wurth the money , thinking of maybe upgrade mine other disk to ssd too


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Nal 19th Nov 2014

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I've been using a OCZ 256 Gb SSD for almost two years now, I cannot fault it, nor can I recommend it highly enough. Out of any component that you could upgrade an SSD will have a positive impact on everything you do with your PC not just gaming.
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