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Old December 22, 2010, 10:25 PM
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Hello all,

I'm finenaly finishing my computer build. What happend was I started building it a while ago, and then ran out of money and whatnot... you know how it goes. Long story short, the system will be a bit out dated but should be a big increase from my current set up. My bottle neck has always been my processor, which is an E6300 at 1.86 GHz. Upgrading to a Q6600 so that should help a great deal.

Now I am adding a SSD and upgrading to windows 7 as well, which should speed up the system as well as be usable parts in the future. Already have a new Mobo and RAM from when I started working on it.

I have been running an 8800GTS 512mb for a long while. It always seems to give me playable frame rates, but I am curious if it is going to be my new bottle neck? I should have the cash for a new GPU in month or two, and there are some great prices on the GTX 460 1GB. With the budget of $200, and planning on sticking with Nvidia, will the new card be a big enough jump to be worth it at the moment? Or should I wait and see what comes in the new year as I am not in a big rush?

Thanks for the input all, and hopefully I wasn't to long winded heheh.

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Old December 22, 2010, 11:32 PM
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if you have bought the quad, ok. if not, dont. it will serve better in a couple games vs a similarly clocked dual core counterpart.

at higher resolutions, hell even at lower ones you should see an increase with the 460. if you can wait, why not?

i would get a faster dual core,again, if the quad wasnt already bought. 2 fast cores,most of the time, are better than 4 slower ones, in most games :)
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Old December 22, 2010, 11:47 PM
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I went quad core because I use this computer for Cubase and other audio programs that are optimized for multiple cores. I agree that two cores is better for games by a long shot.
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*2 faster cores :)

cool. listen, at higher resolutions the gpu is the king anyway.
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Old December 23, 2010, 02:54 AM
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Yea, the 460 will be a nice big jump. Especially if it's a 1GB model. Very good for 150-200 price range. They overclock nicely too.

However, if you can wait, I would say wait then. Nvidia might release a GTX 560 after the holidays perhaps.
Also, prices on the 6950 might drop by boxing day.

Good idea getting an SSD though. A MUST these days for any system.
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Old December 23, 2010, 04:58 AM
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The Q6600 is a nice jump from the E6300, I made that change years ago myself. Don't buy into the faster dual core myth. I've got an E8500 at work which feels sluggish compared to my Q6600.
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Good choice on upgrading to quad core. There are quite a few programs now that are designed to take advantage of more cores. Speed is just a bonus now.
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Old December 23, 2010, 07:34 PM
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What resolution do you game at?

I'm normally against SSDs as I don't feel the cost is justified for the performance it brings. However to each their own.
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Old December 23, 2010, 07:40 PM
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Well, I was going to come on and say that I am sticking with my card for a while, but a co worker just gave me $80 for it so I think I'll order a new GTX 460 this week heheh. See what boxing day brings.

Edit: Playing on a 46" 1080p Samsung at the moment, and aiming for a new 720p 3D projector in a couple months.
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Old December 28, 2010, 12:05 AM
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You can build a great little system out of that setup, especially if your board can OC well and if the q6600 is g0 edition. I'm running a 470 (OC'd 460 can hit similar performance) and my stock q6600 does well with most anything I throw at it. Once that 2.4ghz is OC'd to 3.4 or 3.6, based on experience with friends PC, I should be able to chew through most games.

I'd highly recommend the upgrade and would aim for OC ability. A good case with proper airflow and a proper CPU cooler to match will set you back ~$150 when you are ready for that upgrade which will return nice bang for the buck.
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