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Old 08-11-10, 12:58 PM   #1
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Default Ideas on upgrading my desktop

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.

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Intel Q6600 Quad Core (Thanks MikeC)
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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?
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Old 08-11-10, 01:33 PM   #2
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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?
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Old 08-11-10, 01:55 PM   #3
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Upgrade your GPU to a 460. $200~
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Old 08-11-10, 02:30 PM   #4
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Took me awhile to figure that out.

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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.

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Upgrade your GPU to a 460. $200~
Meh, I think my hard drives are more of a bottleneck than my 260GTX.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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I really like my western digital black.
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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
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I really like my western digital black.
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