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$1500-$1800 Upgrade Budget Suggestions?

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March 19, 2011 11:38:27 PM

It's that time of the year again to upgrade my high end gaming machine and I need some suggestions. I want to get the best possibly upgrades I can with my budget of $1500-$1800. Anything taken out of my machine will be given to a family member, so selling items is not part of the budget.

Current System:

ASUS P6T Deluxe V1 MOBO
Intel I7 920 @ 3.4ghz - Watercooled
XFX Radeon 5970 Black Edition - Watercooled
6GB Corsair Dominator RAM
Corsair P256 256gb SSD
Random 7200 RPM 500GB Data Drive
Creative X-Fi Titanium 7.1 Sound Card
Corsair 850TX PSU
Corsair 800D Case
3x ASUS VW246H 24" Monitors in Eyefinity.


I'm thinking about replacing the 5970 in favor of a 6990 and water cooling it. After that, I'm not really sure. Maybe another P256 for raid? Or maybe replace the SSD all together in favor of a Revo x2? I also am not sure about power consumption and if my 850W PSU would be enough for the 6990, the water cooling, and all the other components.

So, any suggestions? Only actual advice please. Please don't lecture me on how to spend my own money. I've had enough of that from other boards.


Thanks

a b B Homebuilt system
March 20, 2011 12:28:02 AM

I would suggest waiting until summer for the successor to the X58 chipset comes out. With a budget like that (and probably some more saving) you could easily afford it, and maybe even a new system.

If you can't wait, I would replace the i7-920 + mobo with the i5-2500k + P67 mobo for gaming. The new i5 dominates at gaming now.

Not all SSDs see a performance increase in RAID; I would suggest just getting a new OCZ Vertex 3 with the new sand force controllers that use the SATA III connectors. You'll still get 500+ MBps transfer speeds, without RAID.

I could foresee power being an issue with the 6990, but I'm not familiar with AMDs cards so take that with a grain of salt. Just note that the 850TX is rated for 850W maximum output, while the 850HX is rated for 850W continuous output (can handle 3x GTX 470s).
March 20, 2011 2:56:02 AM

Why would I get an I5 Sandy bridge when I could just get the better I7?
a b B Homebuilt system
March 20, 2011 3:07:51 AM

If you're just gaming, you're wasting $100 on hyper-threading. If you do lots of video editing work and use apps that are heavily threaded, then go for the i7-2600K.
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