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Advice for New Gaming Computer Build

I've been running the same motherboard/processor for 3.5 years now and so I figured it was time for me to rebuild. Here's what I currently have picked out:

i5 2500k
8 GB Ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.746888

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen 3 Mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

Intel 320 Series 40GB SSD (to try out this SRT thing on the board)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167044

And a Case and a 750W PS to round things out
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.743014

From my current build, I'm taking some system fans, my Thermaltake SpinQ CPU Cooler http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/Product.aspx?C=1417&ID=1831, a 1 TB SATA HD and my GTS 450.

My main question concerns the GTS 450. Would I gain any significant benefit by purchasing a second one and running SLI? Or should I maybe scrap the SSD and use the extra money from that to buy a new video card? Or keep both the SSD and get a new video card?

I'm trying to keep this build below $800, however I can go as high as $1000. (Currently at $652 with all the parts I've mentioned)

The plan is to purchase this next weekend. Also if anyone has any suggestions on using different components than the ones I've picked out, feel free to list those as well.

Thank you

Yitram
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  1. Best answer
    http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gts-450-sli-review/

    Personally I wouldnt spend so much on a processor and then buy a budget graphics card . The graphics card is the always the limitation in high resolution , high detail gaming
    But you will get a decent boos with SLI
  2. Didn't realize the 450 was a budget card :o . To be honest the only reason I have that card is because my previous card died and it was literally the only NVidia card in my Best Buy that day. I didn't really have time to do any research. I'm willing to replace the card with something different, if anyone has any suggestions.
  3. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card-gaming-performance,3042.html

    it all depends on your budget

    Also check out the charts section of this website .
    And it can help to run a search of a card you might buy

    "gts 450 sli benchmark" got me the link above
  4. Would a GTX 560 be worth upgrading to? Would put me at under $900.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121446

    Also, I don't really know anything about ATI cards, so I'm willing to take suggestions on those as well.
  5. Didn't see your last post, I will check out that link now. Thanks.
  6. Keep in mind the resolution of your monitor when selecting a graphics card .

    AMD cards have worked well for me and are often better value .
  7. Well after taking your comments into consideration, I made some adjustments and added a Radeon HD 6870.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102948

    Changed the case and power supply as I realized the case I had originally had picked out was too long for the space I have to put it. It was going to stick out a few inches from my desk. Still using a 750W PS.

    Case:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129097

    PS:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049

    Barring any other suggestions, this should be my final build. I won't be ordering until the end of the week, so still plenty of time to change my mind 3 or 4 more times.

    Thanks for the help,

    Yitram
  8. I like the Antec 902. Its a great gaming case
  9. Good to hear! Its short enough to fit in my computer cubbyhole on my desk, and wide enough to fit that massive CPU heatsink/fan.
  10. What would be better for gaming? Getting the SSD and a Radeon HD 6870, or dropping the SSD and using the money from it to get a 2GB 6950?
  11. SSD'd make computers feel snappier opening files, windows boots faster and games load quicker
    BUT HAVE NO BENEFIT while you are playing

    buy the 6950
  12. Yeah I was leaning that way already, but thanks for confirming it.
  13. Finished build last night. Went smoothly for the most part, except that I didn't try to install my CPU cooler until the mobo was already mounted in the case. There's some stuff mounted too close to the CPU that I wasn't able to push down on all of the connectors on my SpinQ to mount it. So I'm currently using the stock fan. I know its garbage, but its better than nothing at the moment, and I don't plan to overclock it right away. Now I just need to find an easy to mount CPU cooler that won't make me disassemble the computer. :D Thanks for your help!
  14. Best answer selected by Yitram.
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