New Rig Suggestions

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Hi guys,

The wife has caved in and I'm able to spend £1000 next month give or take 100 or 200 over if absolutely need

My current setup

E6400 @ 3.2
Gigabyte GA-EP35C-DS3R
4Gb Kingston 8500
Leadtek GTX260 (192)
Hiper 580Watt PSU
x2 320Gb in RAID 0
x1 Western Digital 500Gb

I have been pondering over the last few days, I came up with a decent I7 system but I would like suggestions from others. I am also looking at going in a SLI setup maybe with x2 GTX260's or something, how do two 260's perform?

Also if I did buy two new GTX260's will my older leaktek (192?) work in tri sli?
 
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Firstly what are you going to be using it for? If gaming as I suspect, from the SLI, then i5 is probably better, re the gfx Id get one of the new cards coming out next week, 5870
 
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I'm sorry guys, yes its mainly for gaming. I have normally bought Nvidia and have been looking at the benchmarks for the 5870 etc... If they where a MASSIVE increase say over the 295 I might be tempted but from the looks of it performance is good but not what i was expecting.

The Q9550.. you think its worth not buying an I7 at all then?
 
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for gaming theres no great benefit, the system you have now is more than adequate, now you can do one of 2 things, upgrade current rig, gfx card, PSU (strongly recomend) CPU (optional) and please your missus, or treat yourself to a nice shiny new rig, for a grand youd get a top of the range machine, i5 750 more than enough for games, could go i7 860 if you chose, you can get a SSD in there with that budget too
 
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I thought it was worth moving to socket 1366 though for the future, This rig will need to last me 3 years or longer if possible as I doubt this will come a long again anytime soon
 
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have a read of the discussions in CPU forum, but basically unless you do heavy encoding etc theres no point going 1366
 
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I'm sorry guys, yes its mainly for gaming. I have normally bought Nvidia and have been looking at the benchmarks for the 5870 etc... If they where a MASSIVE increase say over the 295 I might be tempted but from the looks of it performance is good but not what i was expecting.

The Q9550.. you think its worth not buying an I7 at all then?

It's main plus point is DX11. No, i don't. You have a mighty fine system at the minute and just a few upgrades would be more than adequate to make it last a few more years.
 
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Ok, so from what I see here no point going I7 - basically a waste of power even though I wont have this again for 3 odd years.

All seem to be pointing to ATI cards, I have always liked NVIDIA but i'm willing to "try" an ATI if everyone thinks this is the best.

Have I any more suggestions on a new rig from anyone or is the above the general concensus from all of ya
 
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yeh im interested to know the answer as well. I currently have a q9550 and have been considering i7 myself (1156 or 1366) as i shouldn't have any worries with any possible bottlenecks of newer gfx cards with my cpu for a long time then.
 
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