I've slowly turned a 2010 store bought cheap desktop PC into a low end gaming PC and the half ass job I did back then just isn't cutting it now. I purchased a few items two years ago with a smaller budget.
Processor - Crappy from original
Motherboard - Crappy from original
Power Supply - 600w Corsair (model coming soon)
Video Card - GeForce GTX460 SE
Hard Disk - Crappy from original, Probably not even 500GB.
Tower - Coolermaster (pretty cool midsize)
Monitor - Old Samsung with like 5 ms, very out dated but still does well.
RAM - 8GB
So I'm looking into the future at lump sum of money and was wondering how I could effectively budget some upgrades to my PC.
The main question I have. Would purchasing another GTX460 SE (cheaply, maybe even used) and using an SLI function to link them together be a good cost effective starting route?
When I say gaming its pretty limited to your WOW or Rift MMO type games. Not as demanding as the crazy FPS games out there right now.
Some of the other upgrade options I've explored are listed below.
Switching to Intel over AMD.
New Processor - Intel Core i5-3570 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W New Motherboard - Cheaper $100-120 Asus Z77 model New Ram - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) New HDD - Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
I know I've gone all over the place in this but I'm really trying to use a few of my existing pieces to save some money on a PC build but at the same time churn out a nicer PC for $500-700.
You want to spend les son the CPU and get a better GPU.
get an i5 4430 and an $85 h87 or b85 motherboard. Use the rest of the moneyto get a better GPU. That gtx460 will hold you back to medium settings. SLI gtx460s would require a new 750w PSU ($100) and it wouldn't be as powerful as a single modern GPU. I would recommend waiting and getting a single better card.
You only need 8gb RAM. 16gb is pointless for gaming.