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September 24, 2012 2:04:12 AM

Howdy all.
I have a decent system but would really love a few key upgrades to get things looking tip top.
Current Specs:
ASUSTeK SABERTOOTH X58
Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 960 @ 3.20GHz
DDR3 Memory 12288 MBytes
GeForce GTX 560 ti @ 2047 MBytes
Win 7 Home Premium x64
800 W power supply
Liquid cooled

SO, I'm thinking about purchasing
Ivy Bridge 3770k 3.5 GHz (3.9 Turbo)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and
EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit (to SLI)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Any ideas/ additions/ better suggestions?
Thanks in advance guys (and gals of course)




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September 24, 2012 2:28:45 AM

you will need to buy a new motherboard if you're going to upgrade to IB. you could just upgrade the GPU now, and save up the rest for next year for intel's Haswell CPU if you can't cough out the cash for a new board. doubt the i7-960 will be a huge bottleneck for the 670.

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September 24, 2012 2:38:39 AM
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To upgrade to Ivy Bridge you will need a new motherboard such as http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Also as hazle said you could just get the GPU and then wait a few months for Haswell to come out and buy the processor then. Haswell will also use a different socket from the Ivy Bridge so the upgrade path will require a new motherboard as well.
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September 24, 2012 3:00:40 AM

fantastic, thanks for the advice, y'all
Will i need to throw a new power supply in there to cope with the SLi'd GPUs?
I'll apologize in advance for my blatant newbishness.
September 24, 2012 3:02:01 AM

dlwood1987 said:
fantastic, thanks for the advice, y'all
Will i need to throw a new power supply in there to cope with the SLi'd GPUs?
I'll apologize in advance for my blatant newbishness.

You PSU is plenty for 670 Sli.
September 24, 2012 3:06:59 AM

fantastic, so you think the 560 ti and the 670 will work well? or do you think that i need to go higher end?
From everything that i've read, the 670 is the best bang for your buck these days
September 24, 2012 3:14:56 AM

dlwood1987 said:
fantastic, so you think the 560 ti and the 670 will work well? or do you think that i need to go higher end?
From everything that i've read, the 670 is the best bang for your buck these days

Are you saying you are going to SLI both those cards together? You cant SLi two different cards. I would suggest either just getting the one 670 or selling the 560ti and buying two 670's for SLi. I am not an expert on SLi though so if somebody else could confirm this that would be helpful.
September 24, 2012 3:19:47 AM

Ah, i see. ill just buy the one for now, then the other when i upgrade the MB and Processor. thanks for all of your help boss. Just purchased the FTW 670, so ill be a happy guy come Wednesday
September 24, 2012 3:20:16 AM

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September 24, 2012 3:20:47 AM

.... wait, you're going to SLI the 670 with the 560ti? i don't keep up with the SLI and Crossfire news, but if memory serves me right, you can't exactly SLI two Nvidia cards from two different models much less two different generations.

you can however run both cards with one, preferably the 560ti, as a dedicated PhysX card.
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