Need some help on a possible purchase

Hello, I rarely post on these kinds of sites because usually I find what I'm looking for. I'm in need of some opinions for a possible purchase so I appreciate any help you guys can provide.

First, my system is a Gateway FX542s,
Q6600 @ 2.4
ECS 680i LT motherboard,
8 gigs of DDR2 800mhz ram,
9600 gt's in SLI,
640 gig hard drive.

Basically, I'm trying to decide what to buy next. I really want to sell my 9600 gt's and get a card that I won't have to upgrade for a long time. Looking at a gtx 275 or higher. But, I recently found a gaming case and a motherboard that caught my eye. Links below.


For some reason the motherboard I'm currently running doesn't allow me to overclock at all. Whether its because its a cheapo motherboard or cause its a prebuilt system, I don't know, maybe both. But I've read that the evga board is loaded with all kinds of goodies and allows stable cpu overclocks. All my other PC components are compatible with the 750i mobo too so I don't have to buy tons of other items.

I can't just install the evga board into my current case either. When facing the front of the computer, my case opens from the right side, all the aftermarket cases open up on the opposite side which doesn't allow me to just swap the mobo's. Not a big deal anyway since I don't like the gateway FX case or the motherboard.

I remember a month or two ago the gtx 275 was about $40 cheaper, recently prices have risen. I was gonna wait for a price drop before purchasing anything but its getting tough waiting.

The GTX 275 I'm looking at is about the same price as a new case/mobo. So what do you guys think would be the better purchase? GPU? or case/mobo?
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  1. Get the video card first. You can get any number of reasonably priced cases and boards later. The GPU is more significant than overclocking. Be sure your power supply can handle the new card. I don't know the specs for the 275, but I wouldn't run less than 40 amps on the 12v rail (single or combined). Corsair, pc power and cooling, antec, enermax, ocz, and seasonic are some of the better brands.
  2. I have a 700 watt power supply. Says not to exceed 50 amps on the +12v rail. I should be ok there. Thanks for the reply.
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