Hey guys, been running this GPU since '08 so its def got some mileage, was running x2 SLI for a while til the heat got to be too much. Been on x1 9800 for about 6 months, anyway booted up tonight and had some hardcore artifacting and pixelation going on. So Id def say its shot. My current build is in my sig. Im thinking about upgrading the CPU, GPU and Mobo. Id like to go top end and get a longer lifecycle out of my build.
I love the ROG boards and am used to the BIOS so for the Mobo Im thinking
Gaming and running background apps ventrillo, itunes, fraps, browser etc. I know very few games use 3 cores atm and most apps arent multithreaded and parallel so really its just future proofing and trying to get a good 2-3 years out of it.
Ive heard great things about the quad bloomfields but why would I spend more for less? Or were you thinking 960? The more I think about it, if Im gonna drop 600 on a CPU I might as well go all in, ya know?
Think Ill be cool enough, have enough juice wtih the 480?
I think you should consider an i7 950. It's about $700 cheaper than the 980x and will serve your purposes just as well. No use that you've listed needs a hyper-threading six core. Yes, 1000 Watts is enough for a gtx 480. What brand is it?
So you spend 300 on one of those and another 400 on a GOOD water-cooling setup. The H50 is a nice toy. http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...
This one is expandable and works well as-is for just a CPU. Most kits are junk though, Swiftech is the only name-brand kit that is worthwhile.
(Or learn about it and assemble your own custom WC system)
I'm not sure about "almost all" but a number of them are lightly multi-threaded. Only a few actually utilize more than 2 cores to any large degree. For instance, WoW was re-worked last year to make better use of quads, but most of the work is still done on the first two cores... and so individual core speeds play a larger part than number of cores.