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mtrpcic September 30, 2009 07:09 PM

Is this a good build to increase game performance? Work your magic!
 
I'm trying to build a gaming system that is far superior to mine. I can currently get between 60 and 80 FPS in Modern Warfare on Max settings (Full HD). It has spikes and drops depending on the action, but that's a given. I want to be able to play Modern Warfare 2 when it comes out at Full HD, max settings, and never drop below 125 FPS (futureproof for other games, as well as gurantee a seamless gameplay experience).

Here's my current system:

Motherboard: NFORCE 680i LT SLI
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz
RAM: 4GB OCZ DDR2 667 (PC2-5300)
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX 768 MBytes

I've been browsing around for new parts for a rig, but can't settle on one. Here's what I've decided so far:

Motherboard: EVGA NFORCE 790i Ultra SLI
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ OC 3.00GHz
RAM: 4GB Corsair XMS3 Dual Channel DDR3 RAM
Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB GDDR3
Additional: Some sort of processor cooling for the OC Q6600

My question is: Is it worth getting this build, or should I just get newer stuff (tri channel RAM, core i7/i5, GTX 295, etc)? To pick up all the stuff for the new rig would be about $450 (before any tax/shipping/sales). What's your suggestion, I'm open to all of them.

Keep in mind that the rig is mainly used for gaming. I do a lot of work on it, but none of it as intensive as the gaming I often do. Feel free to disregard my current choices and come up with something completely new. I am not loaded though, so the cheaper the better.

Thanks for your time and help,

-Mike

enaberif September 30, 2009 07:11 PM

Save your money and buy a new GPU.

The system you have aside from *cough*680i*cough* is fine.

mtrpcic September 30, 2009 07:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by enaberif (Post 263963)
Save your money and buy a new GPU.

The system you have aside from *cough*680i*cough* is fine.

I'm planning on buying a new GPU (the GTX 260). If I want to replace the 680i, my RAM is going to be the asshole of my system, and I'll need to upgrade that as well.

Sushi Warrior September 30, 2009 07:13 PM

Either jump all the way to Core i5/i7 or stay with your current mobo. What's so bad about the 680i LT? :ph34r::ph34r::ph34r:
PS: Get a new GPU.

DkRk September 30, 2009 07:19 PM

A new GPU would be the way to go. That Q6600 has plenty of life left in it. Are you considering cranking up its speed? That would help out a bit if you're inclined.

mtrpcic September 30, 2009 07:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DokkRokken (Post 263966)
A new GPU would be the way to go. That Q6600 has plenty of life left in it. Are you considering cranking up its speed? That would help out a bit if you're inclined.

If you look at the "New Rig" section, I'm planning on OC'ing it to 3.0GHz, and throwing on a third party heatsink/fan to keep it cool. Would that get me a noticeable speed boost?

gingerbee September 30, 2009 07:48 PM

just get a new gpu and a good air cooler and overclock your cpu

Kayen September 30, 2009 08:03 PM

Go grab a Hyper 212 / OCZ Vendetta 2 / Xigmatek HDT-S1283 Direct Touch , and then a GPU of your choice, and that'll be plenty.

Possibly a new mobo if you want ... P45's are good & cheap solutions.

rai_polo October 4, 2009 12:09 PM

Yeah, listen to Kayen..

Grab a used P45/X48 mobo.

Squeeze your Q6600 for more juice. (I have mine @ 3825MHZ on H20)

Grab a couple HD 4890's for crossfire or a 295 if you can afford it.

You can find a watercooled 4870 x2 for about $350 here or on RFD.

Your Ram should be fine.


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