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Bout to start a new build, need help deciding

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December 17, 2010 2:14:14 PM

Hey guys, first off, my current build.....e8400 @4.0, evga 790i ftw, no video card, antec 900 case, 4 gb ddr3 ram crucial 1333, 22" monitor, I game at 1080p most of the time....

Now,i been researching my ass off for the past 2 days on what to do. My first option was to upgrade to i5760 but then I'd have to get a new mobo, so I finally settled for the an asus p55, I forget which model it was but I know it was sli capable at x8 x8 (x16 x16) was not worth the price for performanceincrease.

My next option was stick with my lga 775 and just upgrade to a q6600 or 9550 and save money from not needing a mobo and get a gtx470.

a buddy of mine let me borrow his 480gtx which I tested in my setup, and I did not see much improvement over my gtx275 sli (when I used to have them, sold them a while back when I needed some dough) soi figured my 8400 was bottlenecking the 480 even at 4ghz.

My question is, will I see a significant improvement if
I ....a) upgrade to a quad, keep my 790i, and get a 470 or 460 sli setup? Or....b) go i5 with that asus mobo, same vga?

Im aware that the q6600/9550 are old tech, but theyre still decent c2q. Im using this mainly for gaming, and an occasional video conversion
December 17, 2010 7:36:43 PM

anyone?
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December 17, 2010 7:48:22 PM

I would say the I5 would be the better upgrade IMO.
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December 17, 2010 11:16:02 PM

A pair of 460s ($300-ish?) in SLI is no slouch in anything....since at moderately hi res, the cpu should impact only minimally, especially if running high details/AA/AF...

I don't think a new cpu/mainboard is all that economical when accompanied by a 3-5 fps increase....; jumping from 60 to 63 fps is not noticeable....

It's not as if an older Conroe gen cpu is 'weak'....in fact, they outperform X2s running 800 MHz faster.
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December 21, 2010 2:13:55 AM

thx for the reply guys
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