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    Old 01-07-2013, 09:26 AM
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    Hi,

    I was given advice on buying a new pc a while ago and it seems that upgrading my current PC would be a better option. Could you take a look at my current build and suggest some upgrades as well as if it's capable of two way SLI? Thanx

    Processor
    Intel Core i5 3470 3.20 GHz 6M LGA1155 Processor

    RAM
    8GB Kit dual channel RAM DDR3-1333

    Hard Drive
    Seagate Barracuda 2TB ST2000DM001 SATA3 7200RPM

    Optical Drive
    Lite-On SATA DVDRW iHAS324 Super 24x DVD CD Writer

    Motherboard
    ASRock H61M-VS, Intel H61, LGA 1155, 2x DDR3 1333

    Video Card
    Leadtek WinFast GT610 2GB video card DVI+HDMI+VGA

    Case
    Gigabyte GZ-M2 Black Mini Tower Case No PSU

    Power Supply
    AYWUN 420W ATX 120MM FAN POWER SUPPLY
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    Old 01-07-2013, 02:38 PM
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    Can't SLI, need a new GPU and PSU for sure.

    What's your budget?
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    Old 01-08-2013, 03:36 AM
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    id like to keep it under a thousand i was thinking GTX 660 Ti's?

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    Old 01-08-2013, 12:54 PM
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    seriously your better off with one single card, the GT610 you have is basically a tiny step up from onboard graphics (to be fair I wouldn't be surprised if the new AMD APU's could beat it using the on chip graphics, it really is a terrible terrible card)

    your much better off looking for a good quality 600ish watt power supply and a 7970, will out perform a pair of 660's and give none of the problems dual cards do. (but as said the motherboard you have cannot support multiple graphics cards anyway) if you still want to spend more get a decent size Samsung 840 SSD for a boot drive and some of your more used games and programs.

    at the moment these would be your noticeable upgrades.
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    Old 01-08-2013, 05:40 PM
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    Your motherboard is a low end chipset with only a single slot for a graphics card = no SLI/CF possible.

    Power supply isn't great either, i'd replace that depending on what GPU you go for.

    As to what GPU you need. What monitor resolution & how may monitors are you running ? And 1000 in what currency please ?
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    Old 01-08-2013, 09:29 PM
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    Quote:
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    What monitor resolution & how may monitors are you running ?
    Just a single monitor at 1920 x 1080

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    And 1000 in what currency please ?
    US, but i don't mind going up to 3, if it'll make more of a difference. Sorry, I'm pretty noob when it comes to computers
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    Given your large budget atm, i'm a little surprised by the modest orientation of some of the parts in your system atm. Did you build the PC yourself on a budget ?

    Anyway, as it is now, for that resolution your running, you'd easily be able to max out games with the [URL="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127685"]GTX 670[/URL] or [URL="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202008"]AMD 7970[/URL] (Check size of cards to your case dimensions). If your monitor is a regular TN panel, with these cards mentioned you could push slightly higher resolution, maybe consider a new monitor with a nice PLS panel screen e.g [URL="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236294"]ASUS PB278Q[/URL] or perhaps the same resolution you use atm just a better looking screen with IPS panel screen e.g [URL="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236288"]ASUS VS239H-P[/URL].

    You'd need to replace the PSU with something more powerful. For just running a single card system the [URL="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182262"]Rosewill Capstone 550w[/URL] or more modest [URL="http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59615&vpn=P1550SXXB9&manufacture=XFX"]XFX 550w Pro[/URL]. Or if you might consider replacing the motherboard in future for SLI/CF then something like the [URL="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010"]Corsair HX750w[/URL] or [URL="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207023"]XFX 750w XXX[/URL]. You won't need to CF/SLI on a single 1080p screen with these cards suggested.

    And as Belimawr says, you could throw in a SSD. Or maybe put the system into a new, nicer case etc... improve peripherals etc...

    Your biggest improvement atm would be a new GPU + PSU.
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    Would personally go with S-IPS over PLS.

    [URL="http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B009H0XQQY/ref=redir_mdp_mobile?tag=pcpapi-20"]Dell[/URL]
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    Would personally go with S-IPS over PLS.

    [URL="http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B009H0XQQY/ref=redir_mdp_mobile?tag=pcpapi-20"]Dell[/URL]
    That would be the current new Dell IPS alternative to the new ASUS PLS. I did consider that Dell when i was looking at my options, i bought the ASUS instead. As i read bad reviews about them having poor quality control, with people sometimes getting constant defective ones & some issues about a recurring defect that shows a yellow hue in the lower corners of the screen. I'm sure if you get a good one it's fine, but the PLS is visually just as great.
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