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six_storm
08-11-10, 12:58 PM
The ol' birthday is coming up in a month and since the local board of education is full of douchebags and my wife isn't getting a job this year, I decided to put the dreams of getting new Macbook Pros on the backburner. Instead, I thought about upgrading my gaming PC without spending a ton of money.

Current Config:
Intel Q6600 Quad Core (Thanks MikeC)
Gigabyte Mobo
4GB of DDR2 RAM
MSI NVIDIA 260GTX 216-Core
1x 250GB - System Drive
1x 1TB - Storage (Music, Movies, Software Backup ISOs)
1x 1TB - Backup Only

I thought about the oldest parts that I still have running, which would be the hard drive and speakers. Why not just upgrade those?

I could get two Western Digital Black 750GB SATA hard drives ($75 per drive) and put them in a RAID 0, while backing them up nightly in case something goes crazy. With this, there should be a pretty decent increase in speed. Also, my current 250GB hard drive is about 4-5 years old. Maybe it's time to replace it with something better and faster.

As for speakers, I really don't care about this one too much. I'm almost considering not getting speakers and just using headphones for everything.

What else would you guys consider an upgrade that doesn't break the bank?

Maverick123w
08-11-10, 01:33 PM
I would just get a single WD black drive for the OS drive. IMO pointless to have a 1.5GB os drive if you already have 2 1TB drives also in the system. The New 64MB cache drives should offer a nice increase in speed compared to a 5 year old HDD.

As far as speakers are you looking for 2.1/5.1/7.1?

Bearclaw
08-11-10, 01:55 PM
Upgrade your GPU to a 460. $200~

stncttr908
08-11-10, 02:30 PM
ES ES DEEEEEEE :)

Bearclaw
08-11-10, 02:31 PM
:lol: Took me awhile to figure that out.

:bleh:

six_storm
08-11-10, 02:38 PM
I would just get a single WD black drive for the OS drive. IMO pointless to have a 1.5GB os drive if you already have 2 1TB drives also in the system. The New 64MB cache drives should offer a nice increase in speed compared to a 5 year old HDD.

As far as speakers are you looking for 2.1/5.1/7.1?

I thought about just using my 555's and maybe getting that small Zalman microphone attachment for $10. Screw speakers.

Upgrade your GPU to a 460. $200~

Meh, I think my hard drives are more of a bottleneck than my 260GTX.

six_storm
08-11-10, 02:39 PM
ES ES DEEEEEEE :)

SSDs are still too expensive IMO. I wouldn't mind paying like $100 for a 200GB+ SSD though. That would be barely enough space for me.

EDIT: $100 gets me 32GB. Ridiculous.

stncttr908
08-11-10, 02:40 PM
I'm managing juggling games and my applications on my 120GB just fine, but I agree ~ 256GB would be much better. Just something to think about.

six_storm
08-11-10, 03:28 PM
I'm managing juggling games and my applications on my 120GB just fine, but I agree ~ 256GB would be much better. Just something to think about.

SSDs are really going to have to come down in price for me to even consider buying one.

bob saget
08-12-10, 02:05 AM
I really like my western digital black.

nekrosoft13
08-12-10, 07:18 AM
SSDs are still too expensive IMO. I wouldn't mind paying like $100 for a 200GB+ SSD though. That would be barely enough space for me.

EDIT: $100 gets me 32GB. Ridiculous.

manage your OS better, you don't need more then 60gb for OS, most folks can deal with 30gb just fine even after several applications are installed, and common files are placed on C.

C = OS and files that have to go to common files
D = Applications/Documents drive
E = Games etc...

Drolfrawd
08-12-10, 07:22 AM
I really like my western digital black.

+1 very good

six_storm
08-12-10, 08:03 AM
manage your OS better, you don't need more then 60gb for OS, most folks can deal with 30gb just fine even after several applications are installed, and common files are placed on C.

C = OS and files that have to go to common files
D = Applications/Documents drive
E = Games etc...

How is that going to help the performance of my PC? Also, if I were to reformat, I would have to reinstall all of my apps due to the registry.

six_storm
08-14-10, 12:13 PM
I decided to sell one of my crap old Dell workstations for $75. Once I put it up on Facebook, I got a call from my cousin and she offered me $100 for it, a PCI wireless card and for me to set it up for her. I took it!

So now I'm ordering a Western Digital 640GB Hard drive and a Zalman Mic (http://www.amazon.com/Zalman-Microphone-Zm-Mic1-Sensitivity-Headphone/dp/B00029MTMQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1281805968&sr=8-1). I think I'm going to sell my Razer HP-1s since I never really use them.

bacon12
08-14-10, 12:40 PM
manage your OS better, you don't need more then 60gb for OS, most folks can deal with 30gb just fine even after several applications are installed, and common files are placed on C.

C = OS and files that have to go to common files
D = Applications/Documents drive
E = Games etc...

I pretty much have that set up now with a short stroked platter raid. My next purchase will be an os drive ssd. Nothing else gives you that much performance increase for the money. When you look at it that way its cheaper than you think.

six_storm
08-14-10, 05:59 PM
I pretty much have that set up now with a short stroked platter raid. My next purchase will be an os drive ssd. Nothing else gives you that much performance increase for the money. When you look at it that way its cheaper than you think.

If you just have you OS on the SSD, it will still have to access apps from a SATA drive. Wouldn't be that much faster right?

bacon12
08-14-10, 06:57 PM
The apps installed on the os drive would. I would put my most used ones there space permitting. Windows would boot almost instantly, I have been waiting for a price drop as well. Want to put one in my laptop as well.

Bearclaw
08-14-10, 07:30 PM
+1 to what Six said about SSDs. I'm hoping by Christmas their are some sales about the $1/GB scale.

six_storm
08-14-10, 09:14 PM
+1 to what Six said about SSDs. I'm hoping by Christmas their are some sales about the $1/GB scale.

That will be a while. For $200, I can basically get 2x 32GB SSDs and throw them in a RAID 0 to barely get 60GB. That's Windows 7 and maybe a game or two. I'm not biting yet.

Viral
08-14-10, 11:33 PM
Don't bother raiding smaller drives like that, you'll be better off paying a bit extra for a good 120GB like this,

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231378

RAID doesn't help as much as you would think, and for the drives you're looking at (non-sandforce), will cause noticable problems with performance degredation since RAID doesn't allow trim support.

six_storm
08-15-10, 08:49 AM
Don't bother raiding smaller drives like that, you'll be better off paying a bit extra for a good 120GB like this,

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231378

RAID doesn't help as much as you would think, and for the drives you're looking at (non-sandforce), will cause noticable problems with performance degredation since RAID doesn't allow trim support.

The more I read and see about SSDs, the more I'm wanting one. They are just so freakin expensive for the amount of space you get!!! I could probably deal with a 128GB SSD . . . They are still over $200 though . . . I'm going to do more research on this.

grey_1
08-15-10, 09:28 AM
Don't bother raiding smaller drives like that, you'll be better off paying a bit extra for a good 120GB like this,

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231378



That drive is so tempting! I've almost decided to just wait til the cost per Gb comes down a bit...you may have just killed that..:lol:

six_storm
08-15-10, 10:36 AM
What about this one? Its an Intel X25 for around $200 . . .

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211412

Redeemed
08-15-10, 10:38 AM
What about this one? Its an Intel X25 for around $200 . . .

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211412

That link comes up as an A-DATA 80GB for near $200.

Unless the A-DATA drives are rebranded Intel ones?

six_storm
08-15-10, 10:50 AM
That link comes up as an A-DATA 80GB for near $200.

Unless the A-DATA drives are rebranded Intel ones?

Yes its an ADATA drive but it is an Intel X25 rebranded.