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Time for a new gaming rig?

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August 31, 2009 7:50:11 PM

Curious & open to peoples opinions & Suggestions. As I'm new to the forums, and to the gaming culture. I built this rig in December 2008, and I was wondering if it is time to build a new system.

Motherboard : EVGA 790I ULTRA
CPU : Q9550 (OC'd 4.2 (Water) )
Memory : Not sure (DDR3 100%)
GPU's : XFX 8800GTX 764mb x 2 SLI
Hard Drives: 2 150 GB Velocity Raid 0 Config
3rd Hard Drive: 500GB Black Storage

To Recap my post: I'm wondering if it is time to build a brand new system, or bump up hardware, ie. gpu's, cpu, & PSU..

System averaging 80 FPS on high settings in L4D. Basically all I do is use it for gaming and school non-sense. Very open to conversation and any suggestions.



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August 31, 2009 8:52:49 PM

If you even feel the need to upgrade at all, start with a new graphics card or a new monitor, the rest of your specs seem fine, you can't really get any reasonable or justifiable gains by doing much else.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 31, 2009 8:56:47 PM

no you do not need to upgrade .
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August 31, 2009 9:01:54 PM

Your current system is fine with two 8800GTX's, as long as it is meeting your needs....

If you are looking to get higher FPS and more eye candy, I would upgrading to a GTX 275 or look to SLI with GTX 260 Core 216's, depending on your screen resolution and budget. I went with XFX, since your last card was an XFX. I'm a EVGA fan but XFX are good cards as well!!

Equal or Under 1920x1080: XFX GX275XADQF GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Over 1920x1080: x2 XFX GX260NADFF GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

I'm not sure what hard drives you have, but I'm guessing they are 150 GB Velicoraptors in RAID 0? If that is the case, you are good to go with them as well. If they aren't, then that might be an area to look to upgrade to a Western Digitial 640 GB Black in RAID 0 or something along those lines.

No need to upgrade CPU or MOBO at this time... all are still top of their class!!... Yes, they are EOL chipsets but by no means out of the game for the next few years, specially at 4.2 GHz.
August 31, 2009 9:29:16 PM

Great. Thanks for the replies. A few other questions: My two Gtx's are the equivalent to which/ what single card? And, if price isn't really an issue, which two cards will work best for my system for a great price? To emphasize, EVGA 790I ULTRA SLi with Q9550, and what two GPU's in SLI, make it a great upgrade (from 2 GTX8800's), and a well spent upgrade. I will plan on rebuilding a new gaming rig, when their is at least a second revision of the upcoming 300 gtx's come out...
August 31, 2009 9:30:20 PM

Thanks for the replies, and conversation. Pluke -