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I know there are probably a lot of these posts about, but I am lost as to what component to upgrade next on my rig (recently switched to Intel Pentium G840 from AMD Phenom II x2 555 BE).

My current set up is:

CPU: Pentium G840 2.8Ghz dual core (Sandybridge) (runs quicker than an overclocked phenom II)
Mobo: Asus P8P67-M Pro B3 Rev. (not upgrading)
RAM: G.Skill RipJawsX 1600Mhz 8GB
PSU: CX500w
GPU: Sapphire Vapor-X 6870 1GB (I am either going to CrossFire 2 of these or get a GTX 560Ti 448 and SLI them)
HDD: SeaGate Barracuda 500GB 7200.12
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 (not upgrading until I go custom water cooling).
Case: Antec 600-2

Currently have £100 to spend, but will have more to play with at the end of this month.

NB.

I am amazed at how powerful this little processor is being on the Sandybridge architecture. It out performed my Phenom II unlocked and overclocked to 4Ghz, in games.
    
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I'd suggest PSU or HDD upgrade (though given the high prices at the moment an SSD boot drive may be better).
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6870 2gb
beefier PSU
or the 560Ti 448
lastly..2500K wink.gif
 
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Do you think a 60GB OCZ Agility 3 SSD would be enough for Vista 64bit upto Service Pack 2?

How about this for a PSU? /URL]
    
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Yes, 60GB will be more than enough, I have a 120GB Agility 3 and my Windows (7) installation is ~14GB, I'd recommend upgrading from Vista however, Windows 7 is much more refined and less buggy than Vista. Also from what I have heard the XFX PSU's are average, personally I have a Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 800W but the Corsair HX series also seem to be favourites among many people on this site. Also as you are UK based like I am I'd suggest buying from www.scan.co.uk or www.aria.co.uk, the prices seem much better from my experience.
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I am looking at a HAF 932 case, i5 2500K, Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 800W. I am also currently sporting a Sapphire 6870 vapor-X overclocked to 970/1200. I want to go back to nVidia, but I don't know whether the EVGA GTX 580 is worth the £400 price tag. The EVGA GTX 570 at £280 seems a lot more appealing.


EDIT: How about the Corsair AX750 High Performance? Would that support Crossfire 560Ti 448?
Edited by Jonnykiv - 2/20/12 at 11:53am
    
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The C.M. PSU isn't bad but it is not the best value for money either

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Cooler-Master-Silent-Pro-Gold-800-W-Power-Supply-Review/1028/10

Corsair
OCZ
Seasonic
Antec

Are all good brands to stick to in the PSU area, and they are not to much dearer then the likes of C.M. or Thermaltake.

As for GPU going SLi 560Ti would also be a good option

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/441?vs=305
Edited by ginger_nuts - 2/20/12 at 11:31am
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So how about the corsair ax750. Would that support sli 560ti 448s?
    
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post #9 of 15
Going SLi 560Ti the Corsair AX750 would work.

But

If your case does not have a dedicated air intake for the PSU I would suggest going the AX850.

You could get away with the 750 if your budget is tight but running slightly warmer which equals slightly less efficient.
post #10 of 15
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I have actually been looking at the very same PSU that you have. The 1000w OCZ ZX series 80 Plus Gold. Is it a full modular and not semi modular?

Also I am looking for a graphics card that is going to be significantly better than my overclocked 6870. I have even considered going CFX, but I am really wanting to go back to nVidia. Loved my days with me 'ol 8800GTX.

GTX 560Ti 448 SLI or GTX 560 Ti 2GB or GTX 580?
    
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