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March 25, 2011 7:47:45 AM

Hello guys,
Recently I bought myself a new computer and I want to keep it up-to-date with the newest game requirement's.
My plan is to upgrade a component (the so called bottleneck) every 2-3 of month's.

My current build is :
CPU: I5 - 650
Main board: P7H55-M/USB3
GPU: GTX 460 Hawk Talon Angreifen
Memory: DDR3 KIT 2x2GB 1333MHz Corsair, TW3X4G1333C9DHX G, XMS3
HDD: Western Digital 500GB, Caviar Black 64MB, 7200rpm
PS: Enermax 80+ 500W
Monitor resolution:1280x1024
CD/DVD/FDD - NO, thank you
uATX ready - NZXT Vulacan

Last week I tried DragonA2 on "Very High" and while observing the overall performance of my PC, I cried like a sissy girl.
I could overclock some part's, If that would significantly increase performance.
Now what should I upgrade/overclock first ?

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March 25, 2011 8:32:37 AM

What resolution are you running? What CPU cooler? Which computer case are you using?

From what I can tell I would upgrade in this order:

1.) SLI a second 460 GTX (probably gonna need a new PSU for this)
2.)Add a SSD as your OS Drive
3.)Add an aftermarket CPU Cooler and overclock your CPU
4.) buy a cooler case cause it will give you the illusion that your computer is faster (just kidding ...by cooler I mean one with better airflow)
5.)Buy a third 460 GTX (yea I know you can only Dual SLI them...the third one is for Phyxs)
6.) Wait for socket 2011 like everyone else is.

F.Y.I. anything past step 3 will yield diminishing returns.
a b B Homebuilt system
March 25, 2011 3:59:42 PM

What is your CPU OCed to? Also it will be hard to achieve full settings on a dual-core CPU, even if it does have HT.

I would suggest get an another GPU if you can, or if you cant, then sell the GTX 460 and get like an GTX 570.

Then upgrade to an SSD.

Lastly, get a new Sandy Bridge CPU, either LGA 1155 or the upcoming LGA 2011, just note that the LGA 2011 CPUs wont be out till around late 2011.
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March 27, 2011 7:04:00 AM

Neither CPU or the GPU are OCed. They both are with stock FAN's.
Would it make much difference if I proceed with OCing them or should I buy new GPU?

So, considering that my PSU is 500W should I :
OC CPU and GPU -> buy new heatsink's
or
buy new GPU
March 27, 2011 8:38:53 AM

At first I was very surprised that your getting low frame rates with a 460 gtx @ 1280 x 1024, so I googled it and your not the only one there's a thread on the Nvidia site.

http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showtopic=194951

Relax its not you. The game doesn't like nvidia.
April 1, 2011 4:00:41 PM

Thanks for your answer's.
Because i was unable to decide what to upgrade, I am going to buy SSD.
I hope it worth it's price
!