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Upgrading SLI GTX 260, maybe cpu. Need some help

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December 15, 2012 12:36:36 PM

Current system specs:

Ultra 1600 X3 1600 watt psu, power is covered :o 
Evga 790i Ultra Sli MB
Intel Q6600 @ 3600 mhz 1600fsb custom water cooling
Mem is 8gb (2x4) Corsair xms DDR3 @ 1600 cas 9
Case is Thermaltake Armor VH6000BWS with enough fans to make it lift off and room for any card or combo. :) 

Current gpu setup, BFG GTX 260-216s SLI no overclock
monitor is 22" 1680x1050

System is strictly used for gaming, surfing and watching video, very very seldom do I recode video or do any real computing.

Looking to upgrade to a 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 monitor and run 50 to 60 fps on all current high end games.
I mostly play WOW and WOT and the occasional STO but want to be able to play anything out at high/ultra settings at HD level.

So, do I need a MB/CPU upgrade? If so I already know it will be a 3570k on an asrock Z77 extreme3 MB but I'm wondering if that will really make a difference considering I'm already at 3.6ghz with DDR3 mem.

What is an affordable GPU upgrade if needed to achieve my goals?

Thanks in advance for any advice.

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a b U Graphics card
December 15, 2012 12:45:57 PM

GTX 660 or 7870.
With i5 3470.
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December 15, 2012 8:35:08 PM

Sumukh_Bhagat said:
GTX 660 or 7870.
With i5 3470.


3470 is only 3.2 ghz locked, would Ivy be THAT much more productive per cycle to be worth an upgrade from a 3.6 ghz Kentsfield with cpu, and MB cost factored ion?
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a b U Graphics card
December 15, 2012 10:42:54 PM

Ghz mean nothing. You can apply Ghz when comparing same models.
Just like in GPUs, If a 7970 got 800Mhz and a 7870 got 1100Mhz, the 7970 will still defeat it.
It depends on technology.
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