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I have the rig in my sig and am looking for a bit of a gaming boost. I can play most everything at my resolution (1680x1050) but it's not 60 fps (typically around 30 in a game like BFBC2).

My motherboard obviously isn't capable of SLI, but would investing in a used motherboard with that capability and a used GTX 260 be worth it? Or am I better off trying to get $400-$500 for my rig and then upgrading to SB for another $400?

I found an MSI P7N SLI Platinum LGA 775 on craigslist for $55 and a GTX 260 for about $85. So that would be $140 to get SLI and keep the same processor...

$140 for a Q6600 @ 3.2 Ghz and SLI 260 GTX
or
$400-$500 for a i5 2500k @ 4.0-4.5 Ghz and a single ATI 6850/NVIDIA GTX 460?

I use this rig for gaming and the occasional Adobe Premiere Pro dabble.
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For a quick, inexpensive upgrade, I think your option for a new mobo and SLI sounds good, would probably give alittle more life to your PC, just wondering if your PSU can handle 2 GTX260 in SLI...
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I'm not really one to continue beating the dead horse. I say go sandybridge then upgrade your graphics card later on. Dumping money into another GTX 260 and an obsolete socket just for those upgrades to be almost useless in 3-4 months isn't really worth it when you can instead get Sandybridge that'll last longer than that and give an overall performance boost.
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Originally Posted by seabiscuit68 View Post
I have the rig in my sig and am looking for a bit of a gaming boost. I can play most everything at my resolution (1680x1050) but it's not 60 fps (typically around 30 in a game like BFBC2).

My motherboard obviously isn't capable of SLI, but would investing in a used motherboard with that capability and a used GTX 260 be worth it? Or am I better off trying to get $400-$500 for my rig and then upgrading to SB for another $400?

I found an MSI P7N SLI Platinum LGA 775 on craigslist for $55 and a GTX 260 for about $85. So that would be $140 to get SLI and keep the same processor...

$140 for a Q6600 @ 3.2 Ghz and SLI 260 GTX
or
$400-$500 for a i5 2500k @ 4.0-4.5 Ghz and a single ATI 6850/NVIDIA GTX 460?

I use this rig for gaming and the occasional Adobe Premiere Pro dabble.
I'd honestly say go SB. Then when you have the money saved, get a high end video card. Your Q6600 will bottleneck newer (GTX 500 and up) SLI configurations. SLI'ing a GTX 260 really wouldn't be a smart choice when you can get newer cards for what you'd be able to buy a used GTX 260 for. This is all just opinion though, to each his own.
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If you plan on doing SLI with a GTX 260, you should keep your CPU and over-clock it a bit further. I think you should try to push for 3.6GHz to get the max. performance out of SLI.

That mobo for that price is a steal and if you can get a GTX 260 for that much money it's also a steal. If you don't have a high-end cooler, I recommend you get one so you can push more v-core through the CPU and get it to clock higher. Go for it.

And yes, your PSU will handle it fine. You'll probably need PCI-E to Molex adapters, though.
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...why not this, sell the GTX 260 (70-80$ maybe more) and for 170$ buy a 6850, or a 5850(which is even better if you can find one).

Games, particularly shooters need good GPUs, not processors. In your case I think it would be cheaper to upgrade your current card than the motherboard (for SLI). Besides, going for an MSI board w/ Nvidia chipset is like asking for trouble
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I'm in a similar situation, and have decided to wait until LGA 2011, since I'd like to get a 5GHz Octocore with 32GB of quad channel memory. (I do lots of Finite Element Analysis).

However, if you are going to use your system mainly for gaming, go P67.
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...why not this, sell the GTX 260 (70-80$ maybe more) and for 170$ buy a 6850, or a 5850(which is even better if you can find one).

Games, particularly shooters need good GPUs, not processors. In your case I think it would be cheaper to upgrade your current card than the motherboard (for SLI). Besides, going for an MSI board w/ Nvidia chipset is like asking for trouble
I think this is the best option at the moment. If you were going to upgrade to SLI you'd have to get a new board. If you were getting a new board you may as well go sandy bridge.

I think the most cost affective upgrade would be to sell the 260 and just upgrade to a single card. 470s and 480s have come down in price a lot since the release of the 5xx series cards, but they are hotter and louder.
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I'd honestly say go SB. Then when you have the money saved, get a high end video card. Your Q6600 will bottleneck newer (GTX 500 and up) SLI configurations. SLI'ing a GTX 260 really wouldn't be a smart choice when you can get newer cards for what you'd be able to buy a used GTX 260 for. This is all just opinion though, to each his own.
Why wouldn't it be a smart choice? The only real substitute you have for it from NVIDIA is the new GTX 550 Ti, and that costs $150. If he can get one for $85, it's a great price. The GTX 260 is a bit faster than a Radeon HD 5770, and those are good for CF.
    
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Im pretty much running the same setup as you are looking into (Q6600, P7n diamond and 260 sli). I am looking at a 1155 upgrade, if this was say 2 years ago then I would of gone for it, but with the newer tech now... Not so much. Considering you mentioned BC2 which is CPU intensive, another GPU wont help things.

You just need a 2500k, mobo and RAM. Keep the 260 and wait till the next line.
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