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July 1, 2011 1:34:22 AM

Currently this is my system.

Core i7 920
6gb DDR3 Ram
1000w PSU
2 Gtx 460's in SLI
MSI X58 Pro-E Mobo
NZXt Lexa-S Case

Im looking to upgrade the RAM, Case, Hard Drive, and GPU, i do not really know what to upgrade my GPU to, i was thinking a GTX 570 but its quite expensive..... Maybe a 560Ti or a 6950. Im kinda going for 200-280 dollar range. Or should i stay with my SLI 460's for a while? My goal is to make this upgrade cheap but very effective.

New Case-



GPU- Not yet Determined

If you find anything worth changing such as the HDD, RAM, or Case, please tell me also.

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a c 139 U Graphics card
July 1, 2011 2:08:06 AM

You're not going to get any upgrade from 2 460s cheap. Honestly, just about any single GPU would be a sidegrade from 2 460s at best, most single cards would be a downgrade. You're probably best off keeping the two 460s for the moment. Any worthwhile upgrade is certainly going to cost more than 280 dollars.

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a b U Graphics card
July 1, 2011 2:19:08 AM

Your gtx 460s are better than a gtx 570. No need to upgrade.

Concerning the RAM upgrade, you really don't need that much unless you will be doing video editing/image editing/3d editing.

If you really need to upgrade your RAM for those kinds of tasks, I would recommend 3 RAM sticks to utilize triple channel memory, which your mobo supports.

If you will use your computer for regular tasks and gaming, I'd get an SSD along with your HDD, and skip the RAM altogether.

I'm not too experienced with SSD's, so you will have to read reviews or wait for someone to come along and suggest one for you, but I do know that it will provide a very good upgrade.
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a b U Graphics card
July 1, 2011 2:40:48 AM

Your 460s should kill a 560 Ti/6950.

Do you have any performance issues in games?
July 1, 2011 10:55:12 AM

I do not have any perfomance issues at the moment. The reaaoning foe a case is that My case that i have now is too cluttered due to my setup. 12 gigs of RAM also sounds good. What single card my dual 460's equal?
July 1, 2011 11:14:54 AM

Sorry for the double post but i wil probably skip the RAM and go with an ssd i dont know much about SSD's, what do you put on them? And what is a good size? Also to transfer my data to the new drive i can use acronis correct?
a c 175 U Graphics card
July 1, 2011 11:22:13 AM

Your case is only "too cluttered" if you are having thermal problems. Another reason to replace the case might be to try to significantly reduce noise. Either of those conditions might also be addressed by adding and/or replacing fans, and possibly using some of those silicone rubber "nails" to mount them. Otherwise, the only upgrade that even begins to make sense in your situation is a SSD. You should be able to find a 128GB drive with a Sandforce controller in your price range.

A SSD is normally used for the OS (but not the swap file) and your most commonly used applications and games. And yes, Acronis True Image can be used to duplicate your drive. I have done that many times.
July 1, 2011 11:40:42 AM

The new hdd is because i have only 100gb left on my current hdd. Will acronis allow me to manage what files go on what drive? Or do i copy the files to the hdd and then self manage the files i want to move onto the ssd?
a c 175 U Graphics card
July 1, 2011 11:53:09 AM

Acronis will not be the right tool for that job; it copies partitions, creating and sizing the destination partition either automatically based on sizes of the drives, or manually according to parameters you set. If your current boot partition has more space USED than what is available on a new SSD, you will need to either clear things first (possibly copying all your data to another magnetic drive before deleting it) until used space is less than the free space available on the SSD, OR you'll simply need to reload your operating system onto the SSD and re-install what you want on it. If you use Thunderbird for email, and/or Firefox as your browser, free software called "mozbackup" can save and restore all your settings and email folders.
July 1, 2011 2:11:40 PM

Can i possibly clone the old hdd onto the new one and then install the SSD after all that is done?
a c 175 U Graphics card
July 1, 2011 8:35:48 PM

Yes, you can do that with it.
July 2, 2011 2:26:08 PM

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