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May 6, 2011 12:22:29 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: 15-31JUL2011

Budget Range: 1500-2000$ Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3D Gaming, Webdesign

Parts Not Required: Have 3, 24" Asus monitors, Thermaltake Armor+, have 950W Corsair PSU

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: http://www.newegg.com


Country of Origin: United States


Parts Preferences: ASUS(Mobo), Corsair (RAM/PSU), nvidia or AMD, Intel or AMD

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Definite

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (x3=1920x3240) I think please correct if wrong.

Additional Comments: Would like to keep a color scheme, dont care what colors, just a color scheme

Currently I have (UPG'd all june/2010) Asus Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ,AMD 1090t, 2x EVGA 260GTX OC'ed (dont know specs, in Iraq), Corsair 950W PSU, 8GB OCZ Reaper ddr3 1333, A-Data 64GB SSD (boot + games + photoshop), Samsung Spinpoint 2TB

Would it be worth it to put all the money into the Mobo/CPU this year, or rather should I dump it into my GFX... I know I chose a poor time to buy a new mobo/cpu with this year It seems.


If it is just graphics cards, I want to go with:
GFX Card: 590GTX + Corsair AX1200 + OCZ Vertex 3 120GB (For future addition of second 590GTX when I upg the rest of my system) Will use 260GTX as physx card.

Possibilities:
Asus 590 GTX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair AX1200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Vertex 3 120GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This will leave with me extra money, but give me more on my next upgrade.

Possibile extra:
Corsair Hydro H70 (Will leave in box until Christmas when I upgrade)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mushkin Redline 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Other options:

New PC (Don't Need case, psu, memory, ssd, or hdd)

Open to suggestions!

Thanks guys!

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May 6, 2011 12:40:32 PM

your rig is still very good, I like sandy bridge but only for a fresh build. If I was you I dump my money on the fattest GPU. The GTX 590 is really good but I think you'll get better performance with GTX 580 SLI, although thats $1200 compared to only 700 for the 590. The ATI might be better but Im not sure.
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May 6, 2011 1:33:45 PM

Currently, for 3D gaming, you need to go with nVidia as there are no AMD 3D-ready monitors available for sale in the US; you can only use 3D HDTVs. This is really a shame because I would suggest three HD 6970s. Three downclocked 6970s (6990 + 6970) scale better and outperform three 580s for $500+ less (source). If you can wait to game in 3D, this is the route I would suggest. I think X79 would be a better match for this than P67, although P67 shouldn't handicap it too much (if at all). I expect LGA 2011 to be priced similar (possibly slightly less) than LGA 1366 was when it hit the market.

Long story short, graphics now, CPU + Mobo Q1 2012 (give it a few months).
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May 6, 2011 2:12:46 PM

Alright, I think I can wait on the 3D gaming, however my mobo is currently an nforce 980a, so going AMD now wouldn't be too smart (no xfire support, so 6990= Out the window) However, I am wanting to do a Quad-SLi system, so it looks like X79/2011
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May 6, 2011 3:48:58 PM

Haha, yeah. Oversight on my part, I figured all AMD boards supported Crossfire, but now that I think about it, it was ATI when that board was introduced. I meant that you can't currently game in 3D using AMD GPUs (unless you use a 3D TV). You can with nVidia using monitors.
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May 7, 2011 5:42:53 AM

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