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November 18, 2010 5:36:58 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Black Friday

Budget Range: $600-700 (Not including Rebates and such)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video Editing, Internet, Movies

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Memory, Hard Drive, Keyboard, Mouse, Case, Drives, Speaker's

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:Shopping at Micro Center, Will use newegg aswell

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: XFX Evga BioStar gigabyte

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: SLI

Monitor Resolution: 22inch Asus Widescreen 1920x1080


What im looking to buy is Graphics Card, Processor, Motherboard

Currently Have 6 gigs ram, 2.8 core 2 quad and gtx 260 core 216.

Budget wise I was thinking gtx 460, core i5 quad, and some type of sli board.

opinions are appreciated thanks

November 18, 2010 5:42:59 PM

it's likely that your 6gb ram kit is triple-channel, but your budget is almost assuredly going to put you in a dual-channel configuration (i5 or AMD). if you can return that ram for a good 4gb kit i'd recommend it.

are you planning on SLIing your 260 with a new 460? or do you want a sli board to get a second 460 in the future?
November 18, 2010 6:29:43 PM

Im wanting to just buy 2 460's, and I just checked cpuz and it says i have dual channel right now.
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November 18, 2010 6:36:25 PM

raider89 said:
Im wanting to just buy 2 460's, and I just checked cpuz and it says i have dual channel right now.


weird. maybe 2x2gb and 2x1gb sticks?

anyways, check and see if the ram is ddr2 or ddr3. if it's ddr2, you'll need to get new ram if you upgrade to an i5.

there's a 2x Galaxy 460 package for $350AR on the egg, and you should be able to get an i5-760 from microcenter for $170. that leaves you with $180 for a mobo which should be enough (assuming you don't need to replace your power supply). i'd recommend a 650w PSU or better.

edit: if you're only buying one 460 right now you obviously have a lot more $$$ headroom
November 18, 2010 7:23:10 PM

yea i bought a 2x2gb kit and added a 2x1gb stick in, and yea it's ddr2 so looks like i gotta get some ddr3, you think 4gb will be sufficient any real difference going from 6 to 4?

And I believe my psu is 610 or 650w atm.
November 18, 2010 8:02:39 PM

i've got 4gb in my current build and it's super snappy. i game/multitask a lot and i've been super happy with it.


recommendation:
MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And an i5-760 from MicroCenter. Puts you at about $620 after rebates, and the board will allow you to SLI at x8/x8 in the future.

It's also worth considering a 6850 instead of a GTX 460, as they scale just as well in Crossfire as 460s do in SLI, and perform a bit better.
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