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August 12, 2010 4:58:26 PM

Hey guys.

Im thinking about building a new pc soon & would like to see some suggestions.

Since im not into heavy pc gaming as much as I used to be (started playing my 360 more) I'd like a newer pc than what I have.. Not a powerhouse, but something decent for what I do. I play Bad Company 2, Company of Heroes, will be playing Call of Duty black ops...

Basically, I'd like a good all around computer that'll handle today's modern games at 50+ fps

Im planning on (but may not) using my current case, disc drive & power supply (specs are in my sig) I may reformat my current 640hd and use it again too. Also will be keeping my 22" monitor.

I'd like to keep it under $1000, the cheaper the better..

I want a Lynnfield i5, ati video card(s) (Im not against Xfire. Im a Nvidia guy but want to go Ati for best bang for my buck & cheaper to run multiple cards), atleast a 640gb HD. atleast 4gb of DDr3 ram.

Thanks!

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August 12, 2010 6:52:34 PM

wow, dude never go with SLI first, go with the higher end single card and add another down the line. I realize the gtx 460 is a great card in SLI and beats the 470/480 but.. yeah... just not the best thing to do ;) 
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August 12, 2010 9:17:13 PM

Mr Pizza said:
wow, dude never go with SLI first, go with the higher end single card and add another down the line. I realize the gtx 460 is a great card in SLI and beats the 470/480 but.. yeah... just not the best thing to do ;) 

Why?
When he wants to upgrade, buy another pair of GTX560s (or 660, considering how Nvidia skips numbers nowadays) or HD7770s.
The fact is a single 480 is quite bit slower than dual GTX460s, and well, he is using a 22" monitor. Besides, he saves on a new PSU,

Another option is another GTX285, but it depends on if he trusts used GPUs.
August 12, 2010 9:57:01 PM

It's not that I dont trust the 285... it's just hard finding one and they're still $300+ dollars when you do find one...

For $300, I could get a lot better card than a gtx 285.

Is there a good single card I could get that would run everything at my requested FPS and be cheaper than those 2 460s?
August 12, 2010 10:05:45 PM

Beitzel15 said:
It's not that I dont trust the 285... it's just hard finding one and they're still $300+ dollars when you do find one...

For $300, I could get a lot better card than a gtx 285.

Is there a good single card I could get that would run everything at my requested FPS and be cheaper than those 2 460s?

Dual GTX460s for $380 beats a $450 GTX480.

What resolution is your 22 inch though? If its 1680*1050 you could consider a $290 GTX470 and OC, maybe a HD5850 if you find a good deal.

(heres a dude selling a GTX285 for $175, used http://forums.techpowerup.com/showthread.php?t=121962)
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