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Upgrading 2010 Gaming PC, budget $1000

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October 22, 2012 10:50:47 PM

Hi all, I built a gaming PC in Nov 2010 and want to give it an upgrade/overhaul next month.
edit: Here's the link to my Nov 2010 thread http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/298434-31-1000-gaming...

Purchase Date: November (Black Friday sales if possible)

Budget: $1000-1300. I'm willing to spend at the upper limit if newer CPU/GPU/memory requires getting newer everything else.

Usage: Gaming

Monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade:
CPU (current: i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W)
GPU (current: 2x EVGA GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB)
Memory (current: GSKILL Ripjaws 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3)
PSU if needed (current: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V/EPS12V)
Mobo if needed (current: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard)

OS: No

Preferred Website: Newegg, Amazon

Location: San Francisco, California

Parts Preference: Totally trust Intel+Nvidia at this point since I've used them all my life

Overclocking: No

SLI/Crossfire: Yes if recommended (currently use SLI) but no problem using just 1 GPU

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (already have 2 monitors for this)

Additional Comments:
Current PC is still running great, but just starting to show its age. Can't run Dishonored on native resolution, and other recent releases have to be turned down to low-medium graphics.





October 22, 2012 11:02:30 PM

Is sounds like you may need to just upgrade the gpu. I'd try getting a gtx 670 or 660 and seeing how things go from there. Your rig should be fine otherwise for the short term. You may be able to hold out past IB and get the next generation CPU.

The are better cards out there for the money but if you want to stick with the green team aim for the 670, skip the 660ti, or get the 660.

460 in sli should be about a single 570...both cards above should give your rig new life.
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October 22, 2012 11:05:38 PM

Oh very nice responses, thanks guys. Yeah I really haven't been keeping up with hardware news so I just assumed I would need to upgrade the CPU/PSU if I wanted a newer GPU, but if that's not the case then that's awesome.

Thanks for the pcpartpicker links, will play around with that
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October 22, 2012 11:07:01 PM

Oh yeah, also in regards to the 120Hz monitor, would that have any problems if my 2 current monitors are only 60Hz?
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October 22, 2012 11:14:55 PM

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No i would use it as your center screen and have your 2 60hz units flanking it, should look pretty nice and you be extremely hard pressed to notice the difference between it and 3 120hz monitors.


Interesting, haven't tried that setup yet but sounds pretty sweet. The single GTX 670 can handle all that?
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October 23, 2012 3:29:49 AM

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Definitely, although you will get better performance out of a 7970 for the same price.

Ok so after reading up on the 7970 and seeing that it outperforms the GTX670 in the same price range, is there a specific brand you'd recommend? Couldn't find an article comparing the different ones
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