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July 28, 2011 10:20:31 PM

I am selling my DELL 435mt Core i7 Motherboard and my Intel Core i7 920 processor, some older 1066 ddr3 ram and video card and upgrading a few things. This is what I was thinking of upgrading to this weekend.

Intel Core i5 2500k 3.30 ghz unlocked
8GB DDR3 (2x4gb) 1600mhz G.Skill Ripjaws
ASUS P8P67 PRO R3.1 LGA 1155 P67 ATX

I was also thinking I might SLI two video cards that are like >$200 each, but for the time being I want the cpu, mobo and ram. Are those good choices? I will be overclocking the cpu a bit as well and I heard that mb is quite good for it.

I will using my computer for mainly gaming but also watching HD movies, surfing the web and stuff like that.

Thanks

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July 28, 2011 10:41:06 PM

I don't see any issues there, i considered the Asus mobo my-self but went for the MSI (Cheaper) Make sure you get a decent aftermarkert cooler if you plan to overclock. I use a Scythe Mugen 2 Rev B 24/7 stable at 4.6ghz i can run at 5Ghz but dont like using 1.4v V core for an everyday overclock :( 

Not sure what your best option is for SLI/Crossfire for your budget, Your prob looking at a Nvidia 460 or ATI 5850 Stil should be a very decent rig!

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July 28, 2011 10:49:07 PM

Yeah well for the SLI/CFX budget around $325, so I need to see whats as good or better then a GTX 570 or 6950/6970 that I can get 2 cards for around $325.

I want a good solid motherboard and I really like the Asus one, gonna go with it.
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July 28, 2011 10:55:05 PM

if you can get two 6950 2GB and unlock them to 6970 they will wipe the floor with a single 570, SLI 460's 1GB version should just nudge it out too! (I would go the 6950 Route, unless you want to get a single card and add another at a later date?)

The Asus mobo is a solid choice i doubt you will be disappointed! :D 
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July 28, 2011 10:58:07 PM

I won't be able to get two 6950's what I mean was like two 6970s or gtx 550 tis or something cheaper then the cost of a 6970 or gtx 580 that would give niceee performance, like the same or near one of those cards. Maybe two 6850s or something.
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July 28, 2011 11:11:51 PM

Your best bet at £100.00 per card or $325 is Prob going to be the 460 in SLI and just overclock the hell out of em ;) 
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July 28, 2011 11:15:29 PM

gtx 460 SLI'd is really good? Compare the performance to a high end card, what card what the performance of 2 gtx 460s be comparable to?
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July 28, 2011 11:21:11 PM

i hit 7100 in 3DMark 2011 and 22,000 in Vantage, SLI 460's are on par with a 580 in most games (However due to the limited Vram in the 768MB model, using AA at high res might choke the system) If you can spare the extra and get the 1GB versions will help you out alot!

Only thing i've struggled to play is metro 2033 maxed out!!! at 1920 x 1200 4X MSAA and the witcher 2 at 1920 x 1200 (With ubersampling enabled) - Thats simply down to the fact that my 768MB cards just don't have enough VRAM.

What res do you game at?
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July 28, 2011 11:51:26 PM

Yeah here is the thing I game at 720p via my Samsung HD LCD TV with HDMI Cable connection. Everything looks great too and 1280x720 or 1280x768 is usually what I play at.
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July 29, 2011 12:06:05 AM

Hmmm at lower res your prob better with a single GPU, SLI only really gets into it's stride at higher levels. 1920x 1080 and above for example. Would it be worth it? I'm not 100% sure, i think getting a single high end card would be you best bet at that resolution.

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July 29, 2011 3:16:02 AM

k thanks probably invest in a gtx 570 then.
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