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    Thinking of upgrading my PC...

    It looks like my OS needs re-installing, so now is a good time for a quick upgrade.

    Current PC specs - http://jakg.ukct.net/Rig.html - (AMD Phenom 920, 8GB DDR800, ATi 4830)

    Currently thinking...

    2x2TB Seagate 7200.14 HDD's (+ 2x of my existing 1TB 7200.12's)
    i5 or i7 Ivy Bridge (But I'm not sure which one - I was looking at something like the 3770k but reviews say the i5's can overclock to pretty much the same speed)
    Not sure on the motherboard (Gigabyte G77-D3H seems ok - would like a decent motherboard to be able to overclock)
    128GB SSD (Something like the Samsung 830 - not 100% sure which SSD to go for though)
    16GB of RAM (not sure which kits are decent though)

    Then keeping my existing ATi 4830, PSU (Hiper 670w), X-Fi and case. And running 7 and maybe upgrading to 8 when my copy arrives.

    Is there anything better I could be buying?

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    Re: Thinking of upgrading my PC...

    The question is do you need to upgrade? The biggest upgrade you will notice is the SSD by far, in that respect either a Crucial M4 or Samsung 830 are both excellent choices and proven reliable over time.

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    Re: Thinking of upgrading my PC...

    Why are you upgrading?


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    Re: Thinking of upgrading my PC...

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    Why are you upgrading?
    PC's a little slow working with lots of files in photoshop, plus due to the weird RAID array I can't add more storage (have less than 50GB free out of 4TB).

    I hate re-installing Windows (current install is over 3.5 years old), and if I planned on upgrading I'm going to need a new motherboard so I thought i'd kill two birds with one stone.

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    Re: Thinking of upgrading my PC...

    I'd maybe half your RAM to 8GB and put the extra money into a bigger/faster SSD. I'm not sure what kind of work you do on your PC but are you sure you need 16GB?

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    Re: Thinking of upgrading my PC...

    Quote Originally Posted by Jakg View Post
    PC's a little slow working with lots of files in photoshop, plus due to the weird RAID array I can't add more storage (have less than 50GB free out of 4TB).

    I hate re-installing Windows (current install is over 3.5 years old), and if I planned on upgrading I'm going to need a new motherboard so I thought i'd kill two birds with one stone.
    Are you gaming or not?? What is your total budget?? CS6 also has OpenCL acceleration so getting a new graphics card might be useful.

    This article looks at CS6:

    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/fx-835...-32550-10.html


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    Maybe a 3.5 yer old windows installation might be the issue.

    I would re-install first and see how you get on.
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