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Upgrading Gaming PC - Need some advice

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November 1, 2009 1:51:50 PM

Hey guys (and gals) I am in the process of figuring out what I need to upgrade my gaming PC.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week
BUDGET RANGE: $400-500 range after rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming ONLY
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, PS (Antec True Power SLI 750W), full tower case, hard drives, video cards (I have two eVGA 9800GTX+ cards)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (newegg.com)
PARTS PREFERENCES: I have always been an AMD fan and would like to use an AMD CPU and ASUS mobo. DDR3 RAM
OVERCLOCKING: Yes
SLI: Yes (I already have the cards - see above)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: (1920x1080)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I really just need recommendations for an SLI mobo, CPU and RAM that can run 2 9800GTX+ video cards without bottlenecking the CPU.

All help is appreciated! Thank you.
November 1, 2009 2:26:51 PM

Personally, I believe you should invest your money in a i5 platform but AMD is great for gaming and that is what you want so here we go!

Phenom II x4 955 BE $179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI NF750-G55 -Dual SLI- $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI NF980-G65 -3 way SLI- $159.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Gold AMD Edition $115.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $405.97 (Dual SLI)
$455.97 (3 way SLI)
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November 1, 2009 2:59:24 PM

You shouldnt use an nVidia chipset with an AMD board, they have been known to be flakey. An i5 build would cost you about the same but would give you a chipset that doesnt have interesting issues.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Slightly slower ram, but its hard to pass up a combo like that when all the parts are good. Be aware though that it might disappear shortly as its a new month.
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November 1, 2009 3:13:29 PM

Hey guys thanks for the help. You got me thinking about the i5 now! Does ASUS make a good mobo for this platform?
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November 2, 2009 12:41:52 AM

Question for the SLI experts here. Will my 9800 GTX cards work in a mobo that is Quad SLI, or do I need a 2/3 way SLI mobo?
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November 2, 2009 12:43:35 AM

Alright I have read a lot of reviews and I am going to go the i5 route. Very impressive. I really like ASUS, so as long as the P7P55D Pro can run 2 9800 GTX cards I am going that route, or the P7P55D WS route, which does 3 way SLI.
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