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Hi, I'm new to this forum. As you can tell from my system, I NEED an upgrade. I want to build a gaming computer. I was thinking about starting with an 4 GHz SLI 8800GT system as "practice" but also somewhat practical, however, I eventually want to build a 5GHz SLI 460GTX system. Possibly try to BEAST it and try to 6GHz 6990 cfX (Or whatever is best gpu at the time) system if I get hooked, but for now those are my hobby limits.

2 main questions:
1) What CPU (stock and/or overclocked) will be a good equilibrium for SLId overclocked (10% gpu, 11%mem) 8800GTs (I'm trying to max FPS in games)?

2) For the 8800 system with respect to gaming, does it matter if the CPU is dual/tri/quad core? (Quad is the max I'm gonna go for in this system).

Preferences:
1) Performance : Price ratios are very important to me.
2) I prefer that the CPU wins so that I can keep CPU usage at max 30% while on load. Technically, that's not the equilibrium, but this is the break-even point I'm looking for.

I would love it if there were a few cpu suggestions I can pick from.
Edited by jcrandall623 - 4/23/11 at 7:46pm
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6GHz 6990 cfX
lol.

Anyway, any modern dual-core will be a great match for an 8800GT SLI system.(Athlon X2, C2D, Phenom 2)

The CPU I recommend is a E5200.
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I feel like you're asking "how can I waste my money the most amount of times for the same system". just buy the fastest CPU and motherboard combo that you can and then catch your graphics up when you get the $$. Go for a SB 2500k or 2600k build, have fun with the easy over clocking and then not worry about that portion of your system for a couple of years.
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Phenom II X2 555. Perfect choice. Unlocked multiplier, will hold 4GHz no problem, stays icy cool by comparison to the other CPUs at the moment. My 550 hits 47*C, maximum load temp, after being overclocked to 3.8GHz And mind you, on that note, I'm running a GTX 470 and it keeps up with that pretty well.

I would recommend the Sandy Bridge CPUs, i3-2100, but they cannot be overclocked in the slightest respect. >.< So, personally, I would go with the Phenom II dual core.
     
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I feel like you're asking "how can I waste my money the most amount of times for the same system". just buy the fastest CPU and motherboard combo that you can and then catch your graphics up when you get the $$. Go for a SB 2500k or 2600k build, have fun with the easy over clocking and then not worry about that portion of your system for a couple of years.
I wholeheartedly agree with this. Upgrade as much as you can afford so that it takes longer to get outdated.

If you're just looking to avoid a bottleneck, a strong dual core would be best, though OEM AMD x3s offer a lot of value if the 4th core unlocks.
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Phenom II X2 555. Perfect choice. Unlocked multiplier, will hold 4GHz no problem, stays icy cool by comparison to the other CPUs at the moment. My 550 hits 47*C, maximum load temp, after being overclocked to 3.8GHz And mind you, on that note, I'm running a GTX 470 and it keeps up with that pretty well.

I would recommend the Sandy Bridge CPUs, i3-2100, but they cannot be overclocked in the slightest respect. >.< So, personally, I would go with the Phenom II dual core.
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