My question relates to video cards and the PSU. Since I already own a 1GB GTX 460, I'm unsure of how to handle upgrades. One option would be to purchase a second 460 and run them in SLI. Alternatively, I could upgrade the above but wait until later in the year to replace my current 460 with something better performing. With the above components, would a single GTX 460 be a small enough bottleneck that going SLI would be ill-advised?
Additionally, I could really use a recommendation of PSUs for both scenarios (SLI or a future single card).
My picks for components are mostly guesswork. I've read the literature but have little experience. Any recommendations of better choices would be useful.
Not all games perform better in SLi. I would wait and upgrade to a GTX 560 ti (MSI Twin Frozr) when you can afford to. upgrading your MB and CPU should boost your rigs performance enough to play most things on high if not max settings. the GTX 460 is still a nice card.
If you think you might SLi don't go with the mATX MB you have selected go with a full ATX board. I have the very board you are looking at. I love the MB, I used it in a mATX lan gaming rig. I have 2 x GTX-570's in SLi. the first card runs really hot because there is not a gap between the cards so that the first card's fan can get fresh air to cool itself (mATX only has 4 slots). my vulcan case does mitigate this with 200mm side fan, but it is barely sufficient.