Hey everyone. My circumstances are that I will shortly have my tax return from filing my taxes.
My current computer is an AMD X2 4400+ with 4 gigs of DDR-400 RAM (yes, it sux, I know). My video cards are two eVGA 8800 GTS (320MB of vRAM each card) running in SLI.
I am a computer consultant, and use my computer for a wide variety of things, everything from Gaming (almost every spare second I have), to the occational video encode/decode, e-mail, remote network administration, and even as a source for my 42" 1080p Plasma in my living room.
I highly multi task with this machine, but my main concern is gaming. I do it enough that I want to have good/decent performance. And up to this point, my main bottle neck(s) have been my CPU and RAM, which are both getting upgraded (i7 950 and a 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 Corsair Dominator Memory kit).
Originally, along with my motherboard, and a monitor, thats all I was planning on getting, due to finances. But, it turns out it wasn't as expensive as I originally expected.
My main game right now is only World of Warcraft, but I do like the First Person Shooters and play them somewhat regularly.
And so we come to my main question, would it be worth it to upgrade my current SLI setup? I have a MoBo picked out with SLI in mind, so I would prefer to have an SLI setup IF I even upgrade my video.
My current setup has served me well, but since my CPU and RAM won't be the bottleneck anymore, I'm worried how much my video cards will bottleneck me, if at all.
For extreme gaming performance, save money on the CPU / MOBO by:
Amd Phenom II x4 965
A zalman/Arctic cooler for the CPU
OC the CPU to 4ghz.
Get a MOBO that is Crossfire Capable.
2xHD5850 in crossfire.
$800, with a decent mobo, $920. This setup will guarantee you absolutely perfect performance in WoW.
Forgot to add RAM. 4GB DDR3 RAM (1600mhz maybe?) will be around $80.