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March 7, 2012 12:22:46 AM

I'd like to spend some money and upgrade my PC. Here's my current set up:

i7 920 clocked at 4Ghz on air
EVGA GTX 295
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
150 gb velociraptor as my primary drive. Secondary is mostly irrelevant.
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Iel Motherboard
Dell 20” 1600x900 monitor


My budget is around $1,000. But I could probably be convinced to spend more. Yes, I know that I don't NEED to upgrade, but I still WANT to upgrade.

Here's my thoughts:

CPU: I can't really do much as far as upgrading the cpu so I'll leave it alone for now. I've considered doing a full water cooling set up but that's going to blow half of my budget and what do I really gain? Best case scenario I reach 5Ghz. Worst case I gain another 100mhz and determine that my chip has reached it's limit.

Video card: I'm currently considering an SLI 560 Ti or SLI 570 set up.

Memory: Regardless of the other upgrades I choose I'll probably add a second 6gb kit. For the price there doesn't seem to be any reason not to?

HDD and motherboard: I want an SSD. But my motherboard only supports 3Gb/s SATA. So it seems like to really take advantage of the SSD's speed I would need to upgrade my motherboard as well which is going to really increase the cost. I'm also still using Vista so I'd like to upgrade to 7 at the same time I upgrade my HDD.

Monitor: It seems like to really take advantage of the power of my computer I need a decent monitor. I'd really like a 16x10 monitor but they're much more expensive. Which is completely ridiculous.

What would you spend the money on? I usually do most of my shopping on newegg but it's important to note that I have a microcenter 30 minutes away.

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March 7, 2012 12:35:49 AM

If you are in to gaming I would slap 2 560Tis in there and get a 27" 1080p monitor. That would put you right at just under $800.
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March 7, 2012 12:48:22 AM

I would definitely consider the GTX 570 (mine blows everything i throw at it out of the water) upgrade you have above.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 339.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 209.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 199.99

total: 919.96.

Little over budget, but you can also go down to something a little less expensive on the motherboard to meet your budget. Your ram kit will still put you in under budget with those parts.
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March 7, 2012 1:07:07 AM

Just spent 210 on the monitor. So 790 left to go.
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March 7, 2012 1:13:01 AM

the remainder of the parts i suggested still fit into that budget :)  as mentioned above, SLI/Crossfire is an option, but there are drawbacks to this as well, such as microstuttering and some games do not support it, etc. That's a decision only you can make, and if you are thinking about going that route, i would recommend you research this until you feel completely comfortable. I've had friends with issues in SLI recently and i don't suggest these setups for the average gamer anymore. :)  Hope this helps!
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March 7, 2012 1:22:52 AM

I've been using a 295 for years. I can't imagine I'll experience any new problems with SLI :p 
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March 7, 2012 1:29:14 AM

I think i missed something here. Your current setup (based on your list below) has 1 GTX 295, correct? In which case, you do not currently use SLI features. Another thing to consider if you do go with the 2x 560ti suggested by Cata is that your psu will need to power 2 dual slot cards and your case will need the space to accomodate them, not to mention the ability to deal with the added heat. I'm not trying to talk you out of this, just let you know there are some down sides :) 
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March 7, 2012 1:35:41 AM

The GTX 295 is a dual gpu card. You may be right and there could be other disadvantages to having two physical cards but as far as I know it's still treated as SLI.
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March 7, 2012 1:37:53 AM

Also, I have a 750w psu. Case is an antec 1200 so space shouldn't be much of an issue regardless of which route I go.
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March 7, 2012 1:47:23 AM

Yeah, sorry, i realized that once you said it. must have slipped my mind :( 
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March 7, 2012 1:59:33 AM

I would keep the i7-920.

Sell the hot running, power hog dual gpu 295 used.

I know it wont fetch so much, but well anyways you have $120 towards a new card. Sell the monitor used along with it, or at the same time.? $60...

Spend that on a decent monitor, maybe add $80 cash.

EDIT keep your i7-920 because you have a top end tri-sli/tri-crossfire board.

A new hd-7970 is well within budget.

so is a pair of hd-6850's, 7850's, 7870's, and even 7950's.

If you must go nvidia, i would wait for the new line of gpus that are going to be out soon.
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March 7, 2012 2:06:01 AM

Upgrade the CPU and the motherboard to the second generation Sandy Bridge platform. i5 2500K and a z68 chipset motherboard.
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March 7, 2012 2:10:21 AM

I didn,t take the time to look up your board first before, sorry..

Um tri-sli or tri-fire changes everything.

You could run three 6770's, that is faster than a 580 or 7870. And that's with just three cheap-o budget cards.

Three 560ti's would be the way to go.. Too bad amd puts only one crossfire connector on the 6870 and 7870.
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March 7, 2012 10:30:41 AM

aqe040466 said:
Upgrade the CPU and the motherboard to the second generation Sandy Bridge platform. i5 2500K and a z68 chipset motherboard.



2500k isn't really an upgrade.

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As you can see three cards really fly..


I hadn't considered three cards. I had always read that the third and fourth cards don't scale nearly as well. I'll definitely have to do some more research though.
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March 7, 2012 11:00:16 AM

KNO3 said:
2500k isn't really an upgrade.

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As you can see three cards really fly..


I hadn't considered three cards. I had always read that the third and fourth cards don't scale nearly as well. I'll definitely have to do some more research though.


Seems like the 3rd card is the max. I would probably wait for 7870 and crossfire that. Two almost-GTX580 card performance. :D 
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