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Master Geek

# 128962 29-Aug-2013 19:47
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My old vista system is feeling a little 'long in the tooth' for the gaming and photoshop work that I'm into.  I need to keep my upgrade to under $800.

Current system - to be replaced
Windows Vista home premium
Pentium Core 2 duo E5400
Multiple HDD older HDD

Things I will keep:
Computer case
PSU (650W enermax, only a 4 months old)
Radeon 7850 2GB OC

I went to my favourite local computer place today and they recommended:
CPU: Intel i5 - 4430 Haswell
Motherboard - Asus B85M-G
OS: Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
SSD: Adata 128GB (he suggested I install the OS and regularly used programmes on here)
Memory: Kingston DDR3-1600 4GB
TOTAL: $764.70 (inc GST)

So questions for the knowledgable people here:
1/ Does this look like a good price/performance balance upgrade?
2/ Should I stretch my budget to 8gb ram? If so, is dual channel RAM even worth it?
3/ What do you think of using the solid state drive for the OS and big use applications, and storing media on older hard drives? (and I could pick up a higher capacity one at a later date for photos)

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Uber Geek

  # 886721 29-Aug-2013 19:55
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An SSD for the OS & main apps, plus a CPU upgrade, will do you wonders. Personally I would go Samsung or Intel for the SSD, but I don't know how cheap the Adata ones are. I do think 8GB RAM is worthwhile, especially if you're doing RAW photo editing etc. RAM is so cheap these days.

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Ultimate Geek

  # 886824 30-Aug-2013 07:00
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Definitely go 8GB ram.

Why not Windows 8?  I know all the hoohaa that's gone on about it but honestly mostly from people that haven't given it more than a day (if any time at all).

I've gone from Windows 7 to Windows 8 on all our PC's and I think it's faster and more reliable.

My 2c.


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Wannabe Geek

# 896123 16-Sep-2013 03:59
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The price seems all right imo, and definitely go for 8 GB of RAM, it'll make a big difference

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