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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=N82E16813131636 ,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=N82E16814121436&cm_re=gtx_590-_-14-121-436-_-Product

Corsair AX1200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121436&cm_re=gtx_590-_-14-121-436-_-Product

OCZ Vertex 3 120GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121436&cm_re=gtx_590-_-14-121-436-_-Product

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=N82E16835181013

Mushkin Redline 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226179

Other options:

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

Open to suggestions!

Thanks guys!
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  1. 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.
  2. Best answer
    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).
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. Best answer selected by bayside.
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