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September 8, 2010 4:29:14 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: About 2 weeks. Could wait longer if any price drops are on the horizon.

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming. I play a lot of BF BC2 and will be playing GTA 4.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: 8800GTS, gonna be buying a new PSU to support the new GPU.

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: This will be for a new build. I'm looking at either an AMD Phenom II x4 965 or i5 750 with 4gb of DDR3 1333 7 CAS RAM. Windows 7 64 bit.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, or any other site with a good deal.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Always have had Nvidia, but open to ATI if it's a better fit.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes, after I learn a bit more how to safely.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes. Won't be buying both cards at the same time, but the second around a month after.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am looking to keep the cost at about $200. Trying not to stray much over that, if at all.
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September 8, 2010 5:02:37 AM

You could opt for a Phenom II X4 955 BE, save on some cash on relevant components and go all out for a HD 5850.. If you want to build up a SLI setup then getting the GTX 460 1GB is highly recommended..
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a b U Graphics card
September 8, 2010 5:53:01 AM

With an i5 750 and a 460, you won't need SLI for excellent gaming at 1920x1080. For insurance against new games needing more, make sure your mobo has two PCIe x16 slots (even running at 16x-4x) and your psu is 600W or so. That way you can add a second 460 if and when you need it, without spending more than a few extra bucks now.
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September 8, 2010 5:58:04 AM

My only problem with going with an intel build, is that LGA 1156 is going the way of the sword.
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September 8, 2010 6:20:56 AM

I might just have to forget about a CF set up and just get a single GTX 460 1GB on an AMD build.
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September 8, 2010 6:43:10 AM

I'm sure a lot of people upgrade CPUs without changing the mobo. My personal experience is a bit different. When I buy a system that will last for three or four years, I find the whole world has changed by the time I need an upgrade. Your experience may vary.
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September 8, 2010 10:04:38 AM

An i5 is certainly worth the extra money if you can afford it. For the card a GTX 460 is the right choice for your resolution and budget.
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September 8, 2010 2:42:53 PM

I might decide to wait for the 6000 series. See what effect that has on the market.
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September 8, 2010 7:49:08 PM

Tomorrow is *always* different. Enjoy, whichever decision you make.
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September 8, 2010 8:12:45 PM

I think it would be safe to say that buying a GPU right now would be a bad idea. I'm reading that there will be some price cuts soon that might knock a better GPU into my budget range. I suppose I won't settle for an underpowered 5770 or a non CF-able GTX 460.
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