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  1. NdMk2o1o

    NdMk2o1o

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    I haven't had this build long it was a "temp" build and I always get the urge to upgrade. Now, for a budget build its not too shabby at all!! but I am thinking of upgrading.

    1st things 1st I am getting another matched stick of 2gb ddr (for anyone who cares its a single 2gb ddr3 stick of geil value 1333 ram with a rather nice brushed alu h/s :) ) This is a definate.

    I really wanted my 550 BE to unlock to a x4 but alas she will only unlock to a x3 though I have her chugging along at a modest 3.7ghz (18x and 210bus, 1.4v) I have tried all sorts and cant get the fourth core stable for love nor money. Buying an x4 is going to cost me around £120 at the least though I can get another 550 BE that is "guaranteed" to unlock to a x4 for £90, I figure I can sell my 550 for £60-£70 and this option won't cost me a lot, though I am in essence buying a cpu I already have, thoughts?

    So with those 2 upgrades in mind I would have a nice x4 and 4gb ddr3 and the rest of my specs.

    Next I am thinking of grabbing another wd5000aaks and setting them up in raid0


    And finally I was thinking of getting a "quieter" cpu cooler, so I guess I am just looking for thoughts on my proposed upgrades, I am not going to upgrade my psu as even with the upgrades planned it is still a low power rig and I would rather build the rest of the system up before I look at upgrading psu, perhaps another 5770 down the line, then I will look into a new one but I know this will power this rig all day long with no fuss ;)
     
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    I see nothing wrong with your current build. Up the ram, and see how it goes. If you can find a buyer for your 550BE for about £60-70, (new ones costs about £70, but without the knowledge of able to unlock 1 core), then I would think its worth an upgrade. If not, then don't bother, games wouldn't use more than 2 cores usually anyway.
     
  3. NdMk2o1o

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    Well I sometimes do more than gaming ;)

    Also I would love an SSD but cant afford one atm and have always wanted to try raid0 for kicks, and this cheapy Zalman cooler i have is too bloody loud for my liking, not like I need "high-end" cooling as my system runs fairly cool being as modest as it is, though I would like quiet for a change with better cooling than stock!!
     
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    You system is not "modest"...seems like a nice rig. I would recommend a Scythe Mugen 2 cpu cooler, if you can find one, and definately up your ram. Other than that, looks like a solid build you have there. If you REALLY want a quad, save the cash and grab a 965. That is "definately" a quad core without having to unlock it. Does you board support crossfire? If so, grab another 5770 and you will have a killer rig.
     
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    Well it is modest to me compared to my normal builds :) I think 4gb ram, an x4 and raid0 and I will be a very happy bunny :D
     
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    So what would your "normal" build be?
     
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    my last was an i7 860 8gb ram, velociraptor, wd6400aaks, dual 5770's (i love these cards) HAF 922 scythe mugen 2 ;) and corsair tx 650w :)
     
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    So why did you change rigs???
     

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