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MUT308
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You were given $1,000 for PC upgrade. What do you get?

Your great uncle just passed away, and his will states that you are to receive $1,000 to upgrade your computer for a better gaming experience. You are broke, so you cannot spend any of your own money, though you must spend this $1,000 on your computer. You also must buy the components this month.

Do you get a new keyboard, fancy mouse, new mobo/CPU/RAM combo, or something else?

Me, I'm going with the AURIA EQ276W 27" Monitor (2560x1440) and an EVGA GTX 670 FTW. My system was fairly top of the line two years ago, so these are the only upgrades that will really make a difference in games.

$399.99 - »www.microcenter.com/product/3847···_Monitor
$407.99 - »www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···14130787

For the last $200, I'd probably upgrade from a 64GB SSD to a 256GB.
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Ghastlyone
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Krisnatharok
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What's the rest of your system specs?


MUT308
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Whatever you have currently.

EDIT: if you meant mine:
ASUS P6X58D-E
Intel Core i7 930 2.8GHz
18GB G.SKILL DDR3
ASUS ENGTX460 GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB
Crucial 64GB SATA III SSD
2TB WDC WD2001FASS
ASUS VE276Q 27" LCD


Octavean
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I already have an Auria EQ276W 27" IPS 2560x1440 monitor which I bought primarily for my Wife’s use when she telecommutes into the office. It’s a spectacular monitor with very few compromises at an incredibly low price given the specs.

I have three Asus 27” 1920x1080 monitors VE276Q, VE278Q and VK278Q in a triple monitor setup which I previously thought looked great. The Auria EQ276W 27” makes them all look,…..less then optimum.

So yeah I would definitely get another Auria EQ276W 27", no question.

Video card not sure about though. I could honestly go with a GTX680, 670 or 660 Ti. Maybe even HD 79xx series depending on pricing overall.

Then as you said an SSD. Personally I’m starting to think of 480GB / 512GB as a good minimum upgrade now but I have only recently started to see these capacities hit the ~$300 range.

But definitely monitor and video card because a monitor upgrade is typically only half an upgrade and the same goes for a graphics card upgrade.


Ghastlyone
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I'd love to get a 1440p monitor. I'm just nervous about the performance hit I'd take. I'd definitely need a beast of a GPU to make it run great.


Octavean
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If you were worried about game performance at a higher resolution you could always turn down ingame settings. The higher resolution alone should do a lot to increase image quality.


DarkLogix
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I'd get an HP 2560x1600 monitor.
I bet if I were in the case of the OP then I'd find a way to talk them down to 1k even. (I'd love to get something higher than 1156p and 1440p just seems odd to me.)

if not then 2xGTX680's


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I just got a new video card; so that's not urgent... so in order of preference:

-AURIA EQ276W 27" Monitor 2560x1440 I'd love to get something higher than 1080p

-A second GTX670

-Some larger sized SSDs

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neonhomer
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I just built my system here a couple of weeks ago... So I would probably go with a new monitor, video card, and memory.


Dissembled

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reply to MUT308
SSD
MOBO
CPU
GPU

No specifics because I don't feel like bumming myself out about the fact that I actually don't have $1,000 to spend.


Octavean
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said by DarkLogix:

I'd get an HP 2560x1600 monitor.
I bet if I were in the case of the OP then I'd find a way to talk them down to 1k even. (I'd love to get something higher than 1156p and 1440p just seems odd to me.)

if not then 2xGTX680's

Actually an HP 2560x1600 monitor would likely go well over the cited $1000 budget.

Also note that the HP ZR2740w while still being a 2560x1440 monitor comes in at ~$679.99 and doesn’t even have an on screen display for the menu system.

I would consider the Auria EQ276W 27” best in class given the price, overall quality, 2560x1440 resolution and local warranty,…not to mentions Microcenters generous return policy.


DarkLogix
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said by Octavean:

said by DarkLogix:

I'd get an HP 2560x1600 monitor.
I bet if I were in the case of the OP then I'd find a way to talk them down to 1k even. (I'd love to get something higher than 1156p and 1440p just seems odd to me.)

if not then 2xGTX680's

Actually an HP 2560x1600 monitor would likely go well over the cited $1000 budget.

Also note that the HP ZR2740w while still being a 2560x1440 monitor comes in at ~$679.99 and doesn’t even have an on screen display for the menu system.

I would consider the Auria EQ276W 27” best in class given the price, overall quality, 2560x1440 resolution and local warranty,…not to mentions Microcenters generous return policy.

That's why I'd try finding one I could talk them down on the price.

Or use my company's deal with HP to get a price cut. (even if I weren't here I'd have one of them work it out.)

here's the list price, »www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···24176177

by comparison we're able to get a B8S45AW#ABA for about $1,200 so I'd bet I'd be able to get a good discount on the HP ZR30w if I tried.


C0deZer0
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Oh come on... just $9 over :(
For background, my current setup:
•eVGA 680i SLi
•GTX 285 + 8800GTS (640)
•Core 2 Duo Q6600
•X-Fi Xtremegamer
•(now) 6GB's of DDR2-800 RAM

This combination for the underlying parts has served me absurdly well... I've been gaming rather well on it for far long than anticipated. But just as w hen I first bought this stuff, I would be looking for staying power. So infrastructure would have to be upgraded first. My ideal has usually been looking like a "workhorse with gaming power", so keeping the GPU's, this is more or less what I'd bee looking at for a thorough speed improvement.

•New motherboard, with plenty of SATA III and USB 3.0 ports, because I've already got some USB 3.0 stuff on hand, and backing up over USB 2.0 is dog slow. Still wish that firewire wasn't so gimped on Windows 7, but I do have at least one device that uses it.
•Part of me is still kicking myself for not having maxed out the RAM on my current system... so I'd be maxing it out on this one. Especially if I'm going to be using Quicksync at all...
•It's not an i7, but it has enough cores, and it's unlocked.
•Considering how much RAID with mechanical hard drives has helped, with this kind of money, an SSD just seemed like a must.
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Octavean
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Wow, ~$310 for 32GB of RAM (4x8GB).  That's almost 1/3 of the $1000 budget on RAM alone.


C0deZer0
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... you make that sound like it's a bad thing. Sadly, that was the cheapest set for that capacity and memory speed.

I would have rathered an i7K for the extra cores, but yea. Given my current set of hardware, new motherboard would be a must to really be able to have some longevity out of such an upgrade.
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Octavean
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I didn't mean for it to sound negative just taking note of the cost.

I have a quasi new Intel Sandy Bridge-E Core i7 3930K / ASUS P9X79 Deluxe based system. I just added an additional Corsair DDR3 1600 2x4GB kit for a total of 32GB (8x4GB).  I probably spent about ~$140 on the RAM and even that was over time averaging about ~$35 for each kit.

Not the same RAM density per DIMM or speed and the latency is likely higher but it's less then half the price for 32GB of reasonably fast DDR3.


C0deZer0
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if I had an X79-based system, I'd be shooting for 64gigs of RAM on it. For the longest time, that lone would have been more than $1k. At least now, it is possible to get a 64GB set of DDR3-2400 for ~$500; probably less if someone were doing a discount
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Octavean
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~$500 for RAM. Now your talking about 50% of the allocated budget. Again not trying to be negative but I see no reason to put that kind of emphasis on RAM. I also personally don’t see a need for anything above 1600 DDR3 at this point. Having said that I could have gone with 64GB of DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) RAM (8x8GB) for about ~$315+ at today’s prices.

When I built the Core i7 3930K / Asus P9X79 Deluxe system all I needed was CPU and motherboard. I tend to buy some components whenever I see a lower then usual price (so I had all the parts I needed) and I had sold my first gen iPad via the Amazon buyback program for a ~$220 coupon. I bought the Core i7 3930K CPU at Microcenter for ~$499.99 which was then a full ~$100 cheaper then Newegg and I bought the P9X79 Deluxe motherboard at Amazon for ~$160 or so after the coupon. So the total was about ~$660 to start and finish the build.

So it was a reasnably cheap build for me.


C0deZer0
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Personally, I don't get to upgrade that often. Being on wage-slave funds pretty much forbids that. And all too often I find that if I just try to buy a 'reasonable' (at the time) amount of RAM, by the time I want to and think I have enough funds for more, it's already raised in price to unreasonable levels, and the only cost-effective route to get more RAM is to then replace the board and probably CPU as well.

Simply, it's to make sure that I have as much RAM as the system would be able to use, and to have fast enough RAM to give me the bandwidth headroom for the overclock with the CPU.
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Octavean
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I suppose to some extent RAM is about timing (no pun intended) when it comes to price.

Historically new RAM types cost more and don’t necessarily perform significantly better. However, capacity typically does increase. Later in the product cycle prices fall. Still later when its successor has been introduced into the market prices start to rise again.

Like stocks, you want to buy when the prices are at a low.

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I run 32gb of ram. But I mess with CG modeling as a hobby so I have actually used it up before.
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Re: You were given $1,000 for PC upgrade. What do you get?

I will buy a new PC and a gaming mouse


Octavean
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Right now I am seriously considering getting the following hardware in the next few days:

Auria EQ276W 27” IPS 2560x1440 display (this would be the second unit I have been planning to buy) - $399.99

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TB motherboard (dual Intel Thunderbolt ports) - $184.99

And that’s about it but if I were going to top it off at about ~$1000 USD I would add a 512GB SSD, which, is roughly in the ~$360 to ~$400 range (plus or minus). Crucial M4 512GB, OCZ Vertex 4 512GB or something similar,….