Posted 06 August 2010 - 02:17 PM
This is my first post here so please forgive any forum faux pas I may commit. I posted this at Tom's Hardware over a week ago, but so far no takers over there. Fingers crossed.
I have a computer I built 3 years ago with the following specs:
MOBO - ASUS P5N32-E SLI ACPI BIOS Revision 1503
CPU - intel Q6600
GPU - PNY gtx 8800
RAM - 4gb corsair xms2 4,4,4,13 @ 1.8V
HD1 - WD Raptor 150 GB @ 10000rpm
HD2 - Seagate Barracuda 500 GB @ 7500rpm
PSU - 750W coolermaster real power
Audio - Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer
CASE - CoolermasterCosmos
3 years ago I was well chuffed with this little beastie. It could almost play Crysis at High settings without too many strobe light dance scenes. However, 3 years have passed and I'm about to start a computer animation course in September, a situation in which I need maximal graphics power for minimal cash. Right now, I am able to run Maya 8.5 and do basic modelling and animation, but I need to try and inject some steroids into this system if at all possible.
Realistically, I have a budget of about $2-300 CAN.
My rig is all at stock speeds right now. I do have a Zalman cooler (still in box) for The CPU which would probably allow me to OC to somewhere just north of 3 G/Hz. I also have access to a 64 bit OS which would allow me to increase my RAM (currently @ 4GB).
My thoughts to date were to OC the CPU as I intended all those years ago and to upgrade the GPU. Should I purchase another GTX8800 and sli them or just purchase an entirely new GPU like the GTX460?
Any and all thoughts and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.