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Gaming build, unsure of parts to reuse

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April 16, 2011 9:01:23 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within April.

Budget Range: $600-800 after rebates

System Usage: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Case, Hard Drive, DVD Drive, Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, OS.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country of Origin: US, Northeast

Overclocking: Negative

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

I already possess an Antec 900 case, a 1GB GTX 460 video card (exact item) and 2x2 GB of RAM (exact item). I would like to reuse these parts, if that would be prudent.

I have these parts in mind:

  • Motherboard ($140): ASUS P8P67-M PRO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard (Newegg)
  • CPU ($225): Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K (Newegg)
  • RAM ($47): G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK (Newegg)


    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.

    Thanks for any help.
    April 17, 2011 7:37:53 PM


    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.

    Your old ram should be compatible with the new MB. 4GB is fine for gaming. here is an article from Tom's:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ram-memory-upgrade,...
    if you do decide to get new ram buy DDR3 1600. (Ripjaw X) Its an easy OC on the P67 MB.

    Your Antec 900 case should be just fine.

    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.

    ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    ASUS P8P67 PRO
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    Thoughts.... if your budget is $600-800 after rebates.....:
    i5 2500k / GTX 560 ti combo $464
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
    ASRock P67 PRO3 (B3) (SINGLE x16 PCIe Slot) $130
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W $90
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    re-use your Ram, Case, Hard Drive, DVD Drive, Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, OS.
    and you have a smoking system for $684 + shipping, and a $20 MIR

    If you want to upgrade your ram to DDR3 1600:
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL $50
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    sell your GTX 460 on ebay
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    April 19, 2011 3:17:59 AM

    That is great, comprehensive advise. Many thanks, sir!
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