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Old September 10, 2010, 08:32 PM
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is the 955/gtx 460 1gb enough to run all current games on max settings? and is there any case suggestions that have good cable management and the quick release drives?
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Old September 10, 2010, 09:09 PM
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To answer the 1st question, the 460 SC 1GB beats out the 5850. The review on reference 460's here speaks for itself.

2nd question, at the 1920x1080 res, you would be fine

3rd question, the case you mentioned - the CM 690 II Basic, does have good cable management and tool free installation, unless your talking about hot swappable bays. You would then be looking at cases like the CM HAF X, Corsair 800D, Zalman GS1000 Plus etc.
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Old September 10, 2010, 09:54 PM
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i wouldnt necessarily get a quad, but hey. the card will be mighty fine, but it wont be able to max everything with eye candy on at 1080p. a couple of games(metro,crysis) will bogger down considerably but for anything else it should be quite decent. a good overclock will put you in between the 5850/5870 performance gap, sometimes getting very close to the latter.
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Old September 10, 2010, 10:25 PM
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I would get the Phenom 945. You save ~$20-30 for similar performance. Plus, it is easy to get the 945 to 3.3 - 3.6. I would spend the rest of the saved money to get a better video card or a better motherboard.
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Heck, if you're thinking of the 955, why not spend a bit more on the cpu and get the 1055T? The extra cores will make a difference, at least I've found it makes a difference in performance.
If you want a hot swappable case as xlilmissmjx mentioned, if you don't mind the look, I own the HAF X, and it works well for both cooling & cable management and is easy to work in because of its size. It also has the USB 3 ports on the outside.
The modular psu is much better for cable management and less clutter from unnecessary cables.
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Old September 11, 2010, 04:09 PM
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im gonna go with the 460/690 ii basic
what is a better choice for mobo/cpu i3 540/p55a-g55 sli or 955/870a no sli
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Old September 11, 2010, 04:10 PM
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and if i get a superclocked card can i sli it with a normal clocked version of the card if its still a 1gb 460?
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im not sure if you can sli a superclocked with a regular one but i would personally go with the i3/p55 combo
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I'd go for the i3/P55 combo as well, as I said before, nothing wrong with going that route and upgrading the cpu later on
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and if i get a superclocked card can i sli it with a normal clocked version of the card if its still a 1gb 460?
Yes, but the faster card (in this case the SC version) will downclock to the slower version.
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I'd go for the i3/P55 combo as well, as I said before, nothing wrong with going that route and upgrading the cpu later on
I'd rather spend the extra $100 on the i5 750 than upgrade in the future. I'm sure that it will be harder to sell the i3 CPU in the future than the 750.
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