Originally Posted by hmichakis
I am waiting my Vulcan to arrive next week, my thanks to TARRCO since his sig rig helped with my decision on the M/B. I was looking for a cheap mATX M/B and couldn't find anything better than the Gigabyte. Just a brief list of what's going in my Vulcan next week:
Gigabyte GA-G41MT-ES2L Intel Socket 775
Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC3-12800 XMS3 i5 Memory Kit CL9(9-9-9-24) 1.65V
Thermaltake TR2 RX 550W Modular PSU
Western Digital WD3200AAKS 320GB SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache - OEM Caviar Blue
Now I'd like some opinions on the following:
1) Q6600 (Â£80 without stock cooling) + Â£60 H50 = OC to 3.6GHz
2) Q8300 Â£105 brand new retail, no OC
3) As above + Â£60 H50 and OC to 3GHz if I manage...
I will most likely go for a used card, my first choice was the 5870 but it doesn't perform well in Metro 2033 and most games are Nvidia optimized if I am not mistaken. What I am after right now is the GTX 480 but it is nearly Â£100 more. All suggestions welcome, keep in mind that whatever single card I have now will become an SLI in a year or two when I will change the M/B, CPU and possibly the PSU.
Edit: For further consideration, since I found out that 2x GTX 460 far outperform the GTX 480 while being cheaper, would this work without the CPU bottlenecking the cards?
Q6600 @ 3.6GHz with H50
NZXT Vulcan mATX Case
DFI LANPARTY (JR P45-T2RS)
XFX Pro 750W Core Edition PSU
Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC3-12800
GTX 460 Sli
I have an i5 750 similar setup in mind but is there really much difference from the OC'd Q6600?
Yeah it's a nice and cheap mATX mobo that does the job haha
and yeah, deffs go for the Q6600 and H50, it's almost looking like my rig
Q6600>X 460 is a nice combo but one will do honestly and you can't sli on that mobo anyway, I would only looking into 2 GTX 460's if your going to be running insanely large screens and GTA RAWR 4 game that om nom nom's your computer but does not work ( god I hate that game for it's lag but it's such a good game, had alot of potential but they ruined it) but yeah anyway, very nice rig tehre, be sure to post pics
Cheers, I'll add you to the list now