I'm just seeking some advice on a PC build that I was thinking about doing in the near future.
Currently, I'm running a C2D 2.2 gHz chip, nVidia 9800 GTX+, and ~3 GB of DDR2 ram.
Those are the basics. This was my last build, and I've casually been replacing parts as they've died so the PC is actually more modern than it was when I started.
I would like to do a complete overhaul while maintaining as many parts as I can for re-use (mostly none that would affect performance).
If someone could provide a build (with newegg links or vendor of choice) that meets these requirements with a ~$700-800 budget.
Processor - i7 ~2.8 gHz.
Motherboard - 2x PCI-E 16x slots, DDR3 1333, USB 3.0 is a plug but not necessary, and 6gb SATA.
Video card - This I'm not sure what to do with. I already have a 9800 GTX+, which is not exactly brand new, but it's not a bad card either. Should I mimic this with my 2nd card for SLI, or get a *somewhat* new card with better specs and tough it out until I can SLI it? Thoughts appreciated.
Memory - 8 gb of the pin type listed above.
PSU: I have a 550w, but I have a feeling that it won't suffice if I plan to SLI. Thoughts/recommendations welcome.
Case: I can usually pick this out myself based on specific needs/experiences in the past, but any input is always welcome.
I don't need an HDD right now as I have a decently large SATA already. Are they making HDDs with 6gb/s now? If so, might want to consider adding that.
In conclusion, this might not be possible with my budget, but any help or input would be appreciated!
The i5 760 is fast, great at OCing and all the power you need for gaming. The motherboard is USB/SATA III and SLI able. You only need 4gb RAM and the G Skill is great quality.
The PSU is excessively powerful even for SLI, but it will be able to cope with any upgrades you make in years to come - and thanks to the combo with the RAM it is cheaper than buying a weaker PSU.
They do make 6gb/s HDDs, but they are not worth the money - the Samsung Spinpoint F3 3gb/s is still the most recommended HDD for its performance and price.
Obviously there are different brands with the price varying.
The GTX 460 is great for resolutions below 1920 x 1080, and at HD resolution it is a very capable card. 2 of them working together is fantastic. The more expensive GTX470 is more powerful and better and handle most things at HD resolution, though it is an inferior design (more heat and power used) but also a good option. Even though I have always been a supporter of the single powerful card build, this is the first time where I like 2 x GTX 460 over the more powerful cards.
If you decided you really want to go with the i7, the build uses triple channel which means you want to use multiples of 3 and not 2. So, 8gb is not recommended, and 6gb or 12gb is a better option. Given that games need no more than 4gb, I would go with just 6gb if with an i7 build
It does, but the effect is minimal - on the most powerful cards it is a performance decrease of about 4%, on a GTX460 it will be even less - I would estimate 1 -2% at most, and given the power of two cards together it is insignificant