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What would be better for Gaming Upgrade the Processor to a Core i7 980X or keep my processor Core i7 920 @ 4.2Ghz and add one more video card to my rig for 3 way SLI "Asus GTX 580" i also have to upgrade the PSU so would be pretty much the same cost

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980. wont see any performance boost with 3 gfx cards
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Neither, your 580s in SLI will rape any game. And no games atm are hex threaded. I only know of one game that is even quad threaded (BC2). If your hell bent on upgrading then I would get the 980x as you may achieve higher overclocks which may help in games that are maxing 2-4 cores. A 980x just for gaming though is kind of a waste IMO.
    
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I think you'd be better off spending on some RAM. I don't think 12MB is even enough to power your system on using Win95.

But in all seriousness, I don't think you really need to upgrade. As said by Klue, a 980X purely for gaming would not be an efficient upgrade. Also, I don't think your PSU would be enough to handle 3x GTX580's at their TDP, I believe something like 950W+ would be safe to handle them at their TDP, whilst still keeping some left over.
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Neither, your 580s in SLI will rape any game. And no games atm are hex threaded. I only know of one game that is even quad threaded (BC2). If your hell bent on upgrading then I would get the 980x as you may achieve higher overclocks which may help in games that are maxing 2-4 cores. A 980x just for gaming though is kind of a waste IMO.
dont forget crysis

i would get another video card.. but make sure to water cool it because those 3 cards air cooled are gonna be cooking
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I think you'd be better off spending on some RAM. I don't think 12MB is even enough to power your system on using Win95.

But in all seriousness, I don't think you really need to upgrade. As said by Klue, a 980X purely for gaming would not be an efficient upgrade. Also, I don't think your PSU would be enough to handle 3x GTX580's at their TDP, I believe something like 950W+ would be safe to handle them at their TDP, whilst still keeping some left over.
Didn't see that, good call. TDP of a 580 is around 250w @ stock, that's leaving 100w for your CPU, which is rated at 135w @ stock. Now there's no way your going to max 3 580s out with any game so you would probably be okay assuming you left everything at stock (but this is OCN). You'd be in trouble though if you started overclocking or wanted to do folding. Running furmark would be a definate no-no. Bottom line it would be a serious strain on your PSU.
    
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I think you'd be better off spending on some RAM. I don't think 12MB is even enough to power your system on using Win95.

But in all seriousness, I don't think you really need to upgrade. As said by Klue, a 980X purely for gaming would not be an efficient upgrade. Also, I don't think your PSU would be enough to handle 3x GTX580's at their TDP, I believe something like 950W+ would be safe to handle them at their TDP, whilst still keeping some left over.
Lol thanks for your comment
    
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You don't need to upgrade.

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Didn't see that, good call. TDP of a 580 is around 250w @ stock, that's leaving 100w for your CPU, which is rated at 135w @ stock. Now there's no way your going to max 3 580s out with any game so you would probably be okay assuming you left everything at stock (but this is OCN). You'd be in trouble though if you started overclocking or wanted to do folding. Running furmark would be a definate no-no. Bottom line it would be a serious strain on your PSU.
So even if i decide not to upgrade neither the Processor nor the GPU should i upgrade the PSU in order to have an stable system??
    
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