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I am looking to build a new system or upgrade my old system with $800-$900 budget. I am going to do some casual gaming, heavy vector editing, and web application development. I am thinking about switching to AMD for the Phenom II X6. (The vector art I work on can take up major system resources, and at times Inkscape will hiccup or freeze completely)
Here's my current system:
CPU: Intel Q6600
RAM: G.SKILL 2x2GB DDR2 800
MOBO: ASUS P5B Deluxe
GPU: GTS 450
PSU: Cooler Master ~650W (don't know the model number, sry)
New parts I'm considering (Win7 Pro 64-bit):
CPU: Phenom II X6 1075T - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103858
MOBO: ASUS Crosshair IV Formula - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131644
RAM: CORSAIR 2x4GB DDR3 2000 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145325
PSU and Case combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.634445
(puts me at $709.95 without a GPU)
Can someone recommend an ATI GPU? Or would I be better off finding a motherboard with SLI support and buying a second GTS 450 for ~$140?
Thanks all for your input!