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post #1 of 12
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Based on my sig rig, do you think I should go for a new GPU (GTX 480) or a new Sandy Bridge rig?

Here is the build that I am looking at:
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=59317
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?s...2&promoid=1097
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?s...5&promoid=1097

The motherboard, CPU and memory will cost me $400 with price match and a GTX480 will cost $300.

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post #2 of 12
Go with the New GPU. There will be newer Sandy Bridges coming out from what i hear.
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post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
Newer 1155 Sandy Bridges too I think. Meaning I can keep my motherboard and just upgrade the CPU if need be
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post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by revlimiter View Post
Newer 1155 Sandy Bridges too I think. Meaning I can keep my motherboard and just upgrade the CPU if need be
Agreed :]
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post #5 of 12
GPU

Grab the next batch of CPU's

You'll be ok with that OC'd chippy you have atm
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post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
Think I can run games like Battlefield 3 and Elder Scrolls 5 at max details 1280x1024 with a GTX480 on my sig rig? Or would it be a bit of overkill at that res / would there be any bottleneck due to my other hardware?

Thanks,
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10TB 7500RPM SATA3 64GB Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 (Boot Drive) Lite-On IHAS124-04 DVD RW Windows 10 Ultimate 64-bit 
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Dual Screen (x2) Dell UltraSharp U2412M 24" IPS... Apple Keyboard (A1243) Antec Truepower New 650W Modular Corsair Carbide Series 500R 
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Logitech MX Anywhere 2 None Cooler Master Hyper 212+ 
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Intel i7 2600K Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 MSI GTX480 Lightning 8GB Patriot G2 Series Division DDR3 @ 9-9-9-24 ... 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
10TB 7500RPM SATA3 64GB Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 (Boot Drive) Lite-On IHAS124-04 DVD RW Windows 10 Ultimate 64-bit 
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Dual Screen (x2) Dell UltraSharp U2412M 24" IPS... Apple Keyboard (A1243) Antec Truepower New 650W Modular Corsair Carbide Series 500R 
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Logitech MX Anywhere 2 None Cooler Master Hyper 212+ 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD A6-5400K MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 AMD Radeon HD 7540D 8GB Patriot G2 Series Division DDR3 @ 9-9-9-24 ... 
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post #7 of 12
1280x1024? Hell, you could max them at 1920x1080.

Get a 480. You have a pretty good proc already. And no, you won't have much in the way of bottlenecking.
post #8 of 12
Out of those two, I'd say the graphics card first.
post #9 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by AdmiralThrawn View Post
1280x1024? Hell, you could max them at 1920x1080.

Get a 480. You have a pretty good proc already. And no, you won't have much in the way of bottlenecking.
Definitely. Your computer is fine aside from a possible GPU upgrade.
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post #10 of 12
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Any chance I can run two GTX 480s in SLI with my PSU? or Would that be pushing it? I would like to get an overclocked EVGA GTX 480 for now, but I don't know if I can find another one of the exact same model down the road?
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...&sku=E145-0482

Also, do you think that I will need to run liquid cooling for SLI on these cards? Especially if I want to see how far I can push them with Precision.

Thanks,
My System
(15 items)
 
HTPC
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 2600K Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 MSI GTX480 Lightning 8GB Patriot G2 Series Division DDR3 @ 9-9-9-24 ... 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
10TB 7500RPM SATA3 64GB Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 (Boot Drive) Lite-On IHAS124-04 DVD RW Windows 10 Ultimate 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dual Screen (x2) Dell UltraSharp U2412M 24" IPS... Apple Keyboard (A1243) Antec Truepower New 650W Modular Corsair Carbide Series 500R 
MouseMouse PadOther
Logitech MX Anywhere 2 None Cooler Master Hyper 212+ 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD A6-5400K MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 AMD Radeon HD 7540D 8GB Patriot G2 Series Division DDR3 @ 9-9-9-24 ... 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSCase
64GB Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 Toshiba HDKPC08 3TB SATA3 7200RPM 32MB Cache Windows 8 Professional 64-bit Apex DM-387 mATX HTPC Case w/ 275W PSU 
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My System
(15 items)
 
HTPC
(8 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 2600K Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 MSI GTX480 Lightning 8GB Patriot G2 Series Division DDR3 @ 9-9-9-24 ... 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
10TB 7500RPM SATA3 64GB Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 (Boot Drive) Lite-On IHAS124-04 DVD RW Windows 10 Ultimate 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dual Screen (x2) Dell UltraSharp U2412M 24" IPS... Apple Keyboard (A1243) Antec Truepower New 650W Modular Corsair Carbide Series 500R 
MouseMouse PadOther
Logitech MX Anywhere 2 None Cooler Master Hyper 212+ 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD A6-5400K MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 AMD Radeon HD 7540D 8GB Patriot G2 Series Division DDR3 @ 9-9-9-24 ... 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSCase
64GB Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 Toshiba HDKPC08 3TB SATA3 7200RPM 32MB Cache Windows 8 Professional 64-bit Apex DM-387 mATX HTPC Case w/ 275W PSU 
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