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    My upgrades, a good choice?

    Hello everyone, i was wondering if any of you could be so kind as to give your experiences with the parts i have bought to upgrade my PC.

    My main current specs are:
    i5 3570k @ standard speed
    MSI 7850 Twin Frozr III 2GB
    8GB Corsair vengeance 1600mhz ram
    500GB Seagate barracuda
    Asus p877v lx mobo

    I will be adding:MSI R9 270x Gaming 2g edition
    Kingston SSDnow 120gb sata3
    Corsair Raptor HS40 7.1 gaming headset
    Corsair Raptor K30 gaming keyboard

    I am upgrading as my gpu just does not seem to able to play games at the settings i want with the fps i want (bf4,dayZ,Skyrim,Planetside 2,crysis3 and farcry3) and for some reason skyrim just does not seem to work with this card, the fps is fine but the mouse controls are completely off and unusable, this is the case for a few other games too.

    Cheers guys.

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    SSD wont make too much of a difference unless you are installing games direct too it or the OS. Depends on your choice.

    Graphics card should make everything a walk in the park.

    keyboard and headset is all down to personal preference.

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    How do those drives compare to the Samsung EVOs?

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    Samsung would be the way to go for me, as simply the kingston stuff is behind in firmware so would likely have a higher failure ratio...also the specs are as follows.

    Samsung evo specs

    540MB/s Sustained Sequential Write
    410MB/s 4KB Random Read
    Up to 94,000 IOPS
    4KB Random Write
    Up to 35,000 IOPS
    MTBF1,500,000 hours.

    Kingston V300 SPECS

    Up to 450 MB/s Max Sequential Write
    Up to 450 MB/s 4KB Random Read
    Up to 85,000 IOPS
    4KB Random Write
    Up to 55,000 IOPS
    MTBF1,000,000 hours
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    For me personally i dont see the point in paying that much more for slightly better specs, as it is i have not even seen/used an SSD yet so im sure i will be more than happy with the performance compared to my HDD.

    Granted i am only that way because my wages are garbage :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    Samsung would be the way to go for me, as simply the kingston stuff is behind in firmware so would likely have a higher failure ratio...also the specs are as follows.

    Samsung evo specs

    540MB/s Sustained Sequential Write
    410MB/s 4KB Random Read
    Up to 94,000 IOPS
    4KB Random Write
    Up to 35,000 IOPS
    MTBF1,500,000 hours.

    Kingston V300 SPECS

    Up to 450 MB/s Max Sequential Write
    Up to 450 MB/s 4KB Random Read
    Up to 85,000 IOPS
    4KB Random Write
    Up to 55,000 IOPS
    MTBF1,000,000 hours
    Is there much of a price difference between the Evo and Pro versions of the samsung SSD Line up ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by burnsyb0y View Post
    For me personally i dont see the point in paying that much more for slightly better specs, as it is i have not even seen/used an SSD yet so im sure i will be more than happy with the performance compared to my HDD.

    Granted i am only that way because my wages are garbage :P
    What is the price difference though?

    Put it this way, we have been fitting the EVOs in machines around the school.

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    171.11 < roughly how many months usage you will get from the Samsung (14 years 3 months ish)
    114.78 < roughly how many months usage you will get from the Kingston (9 years 6 months ish)

    Factor in the read/write speeds, the samsung gives you better longevity and better performance. However I can attest for a personal machine going from a HDD to SSD is a huge leap!

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    Evo and Pro price difference is around £10-£55 depending on which model you buy @mac_shinobi

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    I should add, it also depends on where you buy from and what sales they have on

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    Fair point, i did not consider that.
    Will be samsungs from now on then if we need any SSDs for work machines.

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    While the R9 270X is a good card, it's a relatively modest upgrade from the 7850 (though may make the difference between unplayable and playable in those games). See if you can get one with a decent overclock to make the most of it. Your old card is worth good money and will take much of the sting out of the cost of the new.

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    It's also worth remembering Samsung make their own semiconductors, Kingston just buy in the cheapest.

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    I got the Kingston my computer at work. Works Fine. Boots up W8 within a few seconds (even with all the crap i got on here)

    SIMS > 10secs
    Office (word, outlook) normaly instant.

    Anything else slightly slow as i run a 1tb 2nd drive.

    My downside my motherboard is only SATA3. not the faster one.
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    Also worth thinking about your PSU - that 270X uses roughly 50w more power than the 7850 (reference cards) so you may want to check your PSU can handle the increased load, this tool will help you with that:

    Thermaltake Power Supply Calculator

    EDIT: although the site recommends leaving load at 90%, I always put it to 100% to make sure I have sufficient head room. Also, make sure you read the notes on capacitor ageing and set it accordingly (I generally set this at 30%)
    Last edited by LosOjos; 7th February 2014 at 03:33 PM.

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