Hello RPS forum! It's been a while - but like any good friend, here I am, back and smiling as soon as I need your help!
So here's the setup: my summer holidays are coming, and I figure it would be a nice time to clean up and do some minor PC upgrades. My rig:
The obvious upgrade is an SSD, of course - I'm looking at the Samsung 830; the 128GB seems a no-brainer, and I'm tempted to strech my budget for the 256GB version.Operating System
MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
Intel Core i5 2500K @ 3.30GHz
Sandy Bridge 32nm Technology
Artic Freezer Pro Rev 2
8,00 GB DDR3 @ 665MHz (9-9-9-24)
Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. Z68X-UD4-B3 (Socket 1155)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 (EVGA SC)
977GB Seagate ST31000528AS ATA Device (SATA)
TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-S223C ATA Device
Realtek High Definition Audio
NOX Coolbay HX
Secondly, I'm not entirely satisfied with the way the onboard audio card interacts with my dolby surround sistem, so I'm considering getting one of the cheapest ASUS XONAR audio cards. I feel pleasently geeky about having a dedicated audio card on my rig! :D
Any toughts? I dind't mention budget because I haven't really figured one out; under 400€ would be nice, but I'm flexible.
A windows reinstall is eminent. Any instalation/configuration tweaks sugested for maximum gaming performance? Recomended performance-boosting apps? Low-impact security tools?
Thanks, I'm looking forward to upgrade my gaming setup knowledge with your help!