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My friend is currently wanting to upgrade his gaming desktop that I built for him about 3-4 years ago.

He is currently equipped with an nForce 780i SLI motherboard, 2x EVGA GT 240 GPU's and a WD Caviar Black 250GB HDD.

He is looking to spend $500 in the best way possible, but nothing over this amount.

I suggested to him that he get 2x GTX 460 GPU's in SLI along with either one 120GB+ SSD or 2 x 64GB SSD's in RAID0.

I'm looking for input from the community on this one.. thanks.
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post #2 of 34
I would suggest since its a gaming desktop,

XFX 7850
and
Crucial M4

You can also go with this option but you will have to wait a little bit until the price reduction takes affect.
7970 ( should be around $420-430)
60gb SSD ( $60 after rebate))
post #3 of 34
With his current setup, Are you sure about the 2x GT 240? I don't think the GT240's officially supported SLI.

What's the rest of his system like - PSU, CPU, RAM? Generally it's better to choose a single highend card over SLI, even more in an older system.
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post #4 of 34
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I'll be honest, I forgot to mention this in the first post..

I WILL NOT BUY AN ATI GPU.

They have given me nothing but trouble, and I have sworn them off altogether.

He has a Q6600, and I believe 4GB of DDR2 (can't remember brand and speed off the top of my head).. 750W Corsair PSU
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post #5 of 34
Well then how about this ?

2 X GTX 480 SLI \
60gb SSD

Well within your budget and probably the best he can get out of the Motherboard for 500 bucks
post #6 of 34
Never EVER Raid 0 SSDs, you loose TRIM, thus minimizing the life and they will reduce the speed over time.

IMO you should either grab a GTX 680 or wait for the rest of the kepler series to come out.

Grab a 64GB SSD at most, you do not get more FPS from putting a game on an SSD rolleyes.gif
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post #7 of 34
I would go for GTX560TI SLI plus a Crucial M4 64GB SSD.

That Q6600 is overclocked, right?
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post #8 of 34
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Originally Posted by Ironman517 View Post

Never EVER Raid 0 SSDs, you loose TRIM, thus minimizing the life and they will reduce the speed over time.
IMO you should either grab a GTX 680 or wait for the rest of the kepler series to come out.
Grab a 64GB SSD at most, you do not get more FPS from putting a game on an SSD rolleyes.gif

Intel SSD's have support for TRIM in RAID 0
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I would go for GTX560TI SLI plus a Crucial M4 64GB SSD.
That Q6600 is overclocked, right?

Yeah, he lives 4 hours away from me and is not huge on computer knowledge but I believe I have it at either 3.0 or 3.5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Lysdexik View Post

Intel SSD's have support for TRIM in RAID 0

Hmmm When is this? I asked Sean like a month ago and he told me it was not implemented yet.
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post #10 of 34
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Hmmm When is this? I asked Sean like a month ago and he told me it was not implemented yet.

I think so anyways.. I can't find a definitive answer online but when I typed in the trim command in the command line it said it was enabled
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