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$100 limit: What would you upgrade?

#11lost_withinPosted 2/28/2014 10:32:03 AM
I would buy a SSD or more RAM...
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#12NicodimusPosted 2/28/2014 10:32:44 AM
Either more RAM or an SSD.
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#13ArkonBladePosted 2/28/2014 10:34:27 AM
Extra 4GB of Ram.
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#14dannyd3554(Topic Creator)Posted 2/28/2014 10:44:29 AM
Alright, So in my Amazon cart right now is another 4gb of the same stick of ram and the Samsung 120gb ssd, this one; http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00E3W15P0/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Comes out to $130 with free shipping. Is that a smart upgrade? Then in the near future when I have some more spending money I'll either upgrade to a GTX 760 or even a GTX 770. Smart? Would I also need a new PSU with either of those?
#15smelly_boobPosted 2/28/2014 2:03:45 PM
dannyd3554 posted...
Alright, So in my Amazon cart right now is another 4gb of the same stick of ram and the Samsung 120gb ssd, this one; http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00E3W15P0/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Comes out to $130 with free shipping. Is that a smart upgrade? Then in the near future when I have some more spending money I'll either upgrade to a GTX 760 or even a GTX 770. Smart? Would I also need a new PSU with either of those?


Sounds like you have a good plan in place.

i cant speak to the quality of that PSU, but I would hope a 600 Watt PSU could handle a single video card
#16foodeater4Posted 2/28/2014 2:07:49 PM
I run a gtx 760 on a 600 watt corsair PSU. The 770 can also work on my same psu. If you post your exact PSU people can check, but I'm sure itll be fine thermaltake is a decent brand.
#17wizardmonPosted 2/28/2014 2:13:08 PM(edited)
From: smelly_boob | #015
i cant speak to the quality of that PSU, but I would hope a 600 Watt PSU could handle a single video card

If it's a good quality PSU, it could even handle two 650's in SLI which assuming he's not overclocked his GPU or CPU would bring him to less than 500 watts full load.

From: dannyd3554 | #014
Would I also need a new PSU with either of those?

No, your current PSU is more than fine; the 770 uses about 230~ watts.
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#18PsythikPosted 2/28/2014 2:11:15 PM
dannyd3554 posted...
Alright, So in my Amazon cart right now is another 4gb of the same stick of ram and the Samsung 120gb ssd, this one; http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00E3W15P0/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Comes out to $130 with free shipping. Is that a smart upgrade? Then in the near future when I have some more spending money I'll either upgrade to a GTX 760 or even a GTX 770. Smart? Would I also need a new PSU with either of those?
That's exactly what I would do with the money.

Once you get your new SSD PM me and I'll teach you about NTFS Junctions. They let you seamlessly transfer just about anything to and from the SSD without having to reinstall.

Also, don't forget to move your Documents, Virtual Memory, Hibernate file, Temp folders, and browser cache off of the SSD after you've reinstalled Windows. Doing this will save space and greatly increase the life of the SSD.
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#19dannyd3554(Topic Creator)Posted 2/28/2014 4:08:42 PM
You guys have been very helpful! Just placed the order and added those video cards to my watch list. Thank you guys so much!
#20g7g7g7g7Posted 2/28/2014 5:33:01 PM
If you want to upgrade your RAM now thats cool as you can always re-use it in your next rig, but don't expect a massive performance upgrade, or really any practical increase in framerate.

As for trying to play Crysis 3 smoothly, unless you drop the settings WAY down and even then on an i5 at 3.2 you will probably still get frame drops on the CPU sideor buy yourself something like a 780.

Or in all seriousness just put Crysis 3 to one side until the tech to play it on high is more reasonably priced, maybe in a year or two when more than just the one game demands that kind of firepower.

You don't want to be the guy that spends $1000 on a Titan black edition only for the 880ti to come out with better performance at nearly half the price with less than half the power consumption in order to play that one game with unrealistic requirements.

Your CPU and GPU will play Titanfall at high settings, its a source engine game so don't expect it to be demanding.
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