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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by grritsshawn, 6 Dec 2011.

  1. grritsshawn

    grritsshawn I'm not insane I'm a modder

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    Okay i got a core i5 750 with a gtx 460 ssc and 8gb of ram

    Should i just go for 16gb of ram and another 460gtx

    or spend more and go for a 2011 or 1155 build?

    All am asking is if its worth the whole new build or not if i upgrade or build a newone im going to be watercooling and overclocking like hell and as for games i play its bf3 mainly then racing games i have a 42inch 1080p tv i use for a monitor and would like to get all games maxed out or close to it
     
  2. Blogins

    Blogins Panda have Guns

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    I think the best upgrade without going off to the deep end would be a KFA2 GTX 570 which is one of the few that are still reasonably priced. The best place that I can find who stock this are dabs.com...

    http://www.dabs.com/products/kfa2-g...le&utm_medium=product+search&utm_content=Q200

    Get a tenner off with the code STAR10 at the moment making it £229.98. Reviews are favourable for this card and whilst slightly behind GTX 460 SLI it'll be less of a headache to manage overall whilst still offering decent performance. Although you wouldn't be able to max everything out! We're talking GTX 580 SLI for those sort of settings in Battlefield 3.
     
  3. flame696

    flame696 Terminating People Since 1980....

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    to be honest i would stick to the rig you have as for what you want to do. I would leave the RAM as 8gb which is more then enough. For 1080p if you see the 460 is struggling just get another one of those and you will be maxing out most games.

    Then just wait for Ivybridge and upgrade to that.

    Edit: ninj'd by a panda
     
  4. Pookeyhead

    Pookeyhead It's big, and it's clever.

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    Two things strike me immediately: You are gaming on a TV, so you're at 1920x1080. You don't need a fabulously powerful GPU for a TV.


    Secondly, you're main use seems to be gaming, so a 2011 build will gain you absolutely nothing over a 1155 build. The X79 platform is for multi-threaded apps that require a great deal of processing such as high end graphics, video editing and encoding or 3D rendering. Games rarely use more than 4 threads, so a 6 core CPU is wasted on you. Yes, SB-E is also more efficient, and has more level 3 cache, and yes, it has quad channel RAM. These things DO make a large difference, but not in games.

    I doubt you need 16GB of RAM either for gaming.

    Id go for a P67 based build, probably a i5 2500K, and get a GTX 560Ti.... but I'd do nothing until Ivy Bridge is released in a little while, as while being compatible with 1155, there will be a new chipset released with it, that supposedly takes greater advantage of of IB. Wait until then, and decide if IB will gain you anything. Gaming at HD res, a i5 2500K and a 560Ti will be more than enough for you.
     
  5. mucgoo

    mucgoo Well-Known Member

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    No need for any kind of CPU upgrade. A 760 is still very fast.
    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2011/11/10/battlefield-3-technical-analysis/7
    8GB is plenty. You'll never exceed that unless video editing/design programs.
    Second hand 460's are cheap and SLI'd would max anything if you having to turn some settings down currently.
    From a visual quality perspective a good IPS screen rather than a 42" TV would be the best value for money.
     
  6. Blogins

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    Just to set the record straight, with GTX 460 SLI you will not be able to max everything out. You can run a game like Battlefield 3 on HIGH settings yes, but ULTRA is a whole different ball game and that is at 1080p resolutions.
     
  7. boltonuk007

    boltonuk007 New Member

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    if it was me, i would just get another 460, for £110 its a big improvement for a relatively small amount of money, with Ivybridge around the corner it would be the wisest choice to wait it out.
     

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