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Hey OCN im new to the interwebz and i just have a few questions typer.gif

I have recently been converted from console to PC gaming. And I Love it! I have a few general questions.

I Play GTAIV & BFBC2 But i want to be fully ready for BF3 when its out so ill probably be slowly buying upgrades as they go on sale.

This is my Setup:

CPU: AMD Athlon II x2 250 (OC to 3.3 with premade settings)
CPU Cooler: Coolit Eco A.L.C.
Mobo: Asus M4A77TD
Graphics: Evga GeForce GTX 460
Mem: 4GB Gskill 1333
PSU: Corsair TX650w
HDD: 2x 1TB WD
Case: HAF 912

Future Upgrades?


http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131707&Tpk=asus%20p8p67%20pro

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

Dont really have a budget. Just want to be realistic.

Questions:
1. Am i making the right choice of mobo?

2. Ram suggestions?

3. How do i upload photos that i have of my rig?

4. Is SLI worth it? Contemplating 460 SLI or should i sell my card an pick up a 570? Heat shouldn't be an issue for my case. It will probably be cheaper and less of a hassle to SLI with my current card.

5. I dont think my bios allow me to OC any higher then the premade settings of 10%? i feel like im not takeing advantage of my CPU cooler it never goes above 35 at load.

6. What improvements can i make?

7. Open to all tips and suggestions.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Daris1015;12815922 
Graphics: Evga GeForce GTX 460

4. Is SLI worth it? Contemplating 460 SLI or should i sell my card an pick up a 570? Heat shouldn't be an issue for my case. It will probably be cheaper and less of a hassle to SLI with my current card.
Thought i read somewhere that evga has a step up program. Though i dont know anything about it
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post #3 of 12
  1. Replace that mobo with an ASRock P67 Extreme4 or Asus P8P67 Pro.
  2. Something along the lines of this, this, or this (depending on how much you want to spend).
  3. Attach them to a post (click "go advanced" when you making a post, and then select "manage attachments) or insert them into a post by clicking the "insert image" icon. I attached a couple images of how these look.
  4. GTX 460 SLI > GTX 480. However, selling your GTX 460 and upgrading leaves you room for a GTX 570 SLI in the future.
  5. Check out some AMD overclocking guides (there are a lot at OCN), you probably aren't changing the right settings.

Edited by thisischuck01 - 3/21/11 at 2:54pm
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post #4 of 12
If you are building this pc for only gaming purposes, why would you buy a new mobo! Just get rid of the Athlon II x2 250 and buy a Phenom 2 x4 965 in its place. In the near future, when gtx460 wont cut it anymore, you will buy the best gpu available.
If I were you, I would have done this.
    
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post #5 of 12
well i dont have 1155 pin but looks good, mite want to get a better cpu block. i would do evga trade up and get fastest card u can, then water cool that also.
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post #6 of 12
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Lorderl;12816458 
Thought i read somewhere that evga has a step up program. Though i dont know anything about it

what exactly does that mean? like an upgrade program?

do you think 4g or ram will be fine? i was suggested by my friend to get at least 8
    
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post #7 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by Daris1015;12818557 
what exactly does that mean? like an upgrade program?

Here's some more info on the Step-Up Program.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Daris1015;12818557 
do you think 4g or ram will be fine? i was suggested by my friend to get at least 8

It depends what else you are going to be doing with your system. If gaming is the most intensive task you'll be doing, 4GB is fine. However, more RAM never hurt anyone. wink.gif
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post #8 of 12
If you're looking at the 2500K, I'd say go with the ASRock P67 Extreme4. Great feature-rich board. And if you're only doing gaming, 4GB of RAM is perfectly fine.
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is the step up program available in Canada? the site said no but other Canadians on forums are talking about how they did it but i could find out how exactly :S
    
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EVGA Step-Up is currently only available to residents of the United States (not including outlying territories), Canada and EU Countries.

Read again. smile.gif
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