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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Uggers, 22 Oct 2013.

  1. Uggers

    Uggers What's a Dremel?

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    Hey all,

    So I'm basically looking for a bit of upgrade advice for my partners computer. She uses it pretty much for gaming all the time so that's the direction we are going with it. She's recently got a new graphics card and HDD when her brother visited from the US.

    The spec at the moment is;

    • Intel Core i7 920
    • 4.00 GB Triple-Channel DDR3 @ 533MHz (7-7-7-20)
    • ECS X58B-A
    • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti
    • 1TB WD Black

    I'm going to get her a 120GB SSD (prob Samsung Evo) to help speed up the machine a bit and some games, but I am not 100% sure what the next or best next upgrade would be.
    Ram seems likely considering the specs and amount according to speccy. But it seems to have ramped up in price since I last bought some.

    Any advice or recommendations of parts at all would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. IvanIvanovich

    IvanIvanovich будет глотать вашу душу.

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    Still a pretty capable machine. SSD is always good. How do you have 4GB in triple channel? 6GB triple channel would probably be good, though it's still not that necessary for strictly gaming with most existing titles being 32bit.
    How about keyboard, mouse, display, audio? Probably be most worthwhile to spend money there for experience improvements.
     
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    stefan442 Minimodder

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    Uggers What's a Dremel?

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    The Ram is x4 1GB sticks of some v generic brand when the machine was used for folding originally by her brother I believe.
     
  5. Uggers

    Uggers What's a Dremel?

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    She's ok for Peripherals and monitor at the moment recently treated herself..
     
  6. jizwizard

    jizwizard Modder

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    New ssd maybe some ram. Not much needs touching. Save the money and take the missus out somewhere nice
     
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    jinq-sea 'write that down in your copy book' Super Moderator

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    RAM and SSD and you'll be away :D
     
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  8. mrbungle

    mrbungle Undercooked chicken giver

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    yeah new set of tri channel ram and a ssd :)
     
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    Uggers What's a Dremel?

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    jinq-sea 'write that down in your copy book' Super Moderator

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    I've never used Mushkin RAM, but lots of folk on here do and like it a lot!

    That's out of stock though :(
     
  11. AlienwareAndy

    AlienwareAndy What's a Dremel?

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    Mushkin ram is pretty sweet. I've been using it for years now (Radioactive then Blackline) and it's always been hassle free :)

    They offer a lifetime warranty too IIRC but I've never had any fail on me.
     
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    Thermolance What's a Dremel?

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    As a you use the system mostly for gaming I would recommend you use 8GB of memory - 16GB of memory.

    Someone said earlier that games are 32 bit and he is correct however with the OS being 64bit (to use more that 3GB) the whole system will benefit and have better speed through the memory. I would recommend 1600Mhz memory.
    The SSD is also a good choice but please remember that it will only make a difference to loading time, you will not get any extra fps.
     
  13. rollo

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    Dou't the Gpu is holding much back, 4 gb of ram would be a touch limiting.

    Ssd makes the system feel much more responsive even if its not a benefit for games. New ssd is a more noticeable upgrade than a CPU in most peoples cases.
     
  14. AlienwareAndy

    AlienwareAndy What's a Dremel?

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    If reports are correct and next gen games are all 64 bit then 4gb will be even worse. 64 bit apps and programs are slightly larger than 32 bit so will use more ram on system idle,leaving you even less to play with.

    8gb really is becoming a sort of minimum now, but, with any luck due to the way next gen consoles are it should stay good for a while.

    It totally sucks how much ram has gone up :(
     
  15. GuilleAcoustic

    GuilleAcoustic Ook ? Ook !

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    Ram and ssd definitly.
     
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    Uggers What's a Dremel?

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    Going to pick up the SSD and more Ram.

    I don't expect super fixes, just tweaking and improving loading times and performance where possible, so will possibly replace the generic Cooler and overclock as well a little

    thanks all for the advice, it certainly does suck that Ram has suddenly gone up in price. Anyone know why?
    I know HDDs were due to the flooding a few years back but they seem to have come back down in cost again.
     
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