We have just spent some considerable time updating each of our SBG computer systems. We made some big changes, so listen up.
Starting off with the TweakTown Sub-lieutenant PC ($1000 USD), hardware stays the same. We have been pondering changing the video card from the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 460 OC 768MB to something a little more recent, but have decided to keep it in place until it is no longer for sale. The GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 460 OC also saw a price reduction of $10 USD this week, making it an even better choice as it finishes up its life cycle.
Moving onto the TweakTown Commander PC ($2000 USD), we were a little naughty this week - we broke the budget by around $50 or so. We replaced the Radeon 6850 1GB with a Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB. As we mentioned, it puts the system over budget, but does result in a big gain in performance.
And finally we have the TweakTown Admiral PC (Unlimited Cost) which sees the most changes. We actually had a flaw in the system due to the limitations of the Thermaltake case we were using. It was not big enough to properly house all of the parts in the system. And due to the use of four video cards, it meant users could not use the recommended sound card and optional RAID card for the impressive SSD setup.
So, we replaced the Thermaltake case with the roomy Corsair 800D and also replaced the ASUS X58 mobo with the new GIGABYTE G1.Assassin. And to top things off, we removed the four GTX 580 video cards and replaced with two Sapphire Radeon HD 6990 4GB in CrossFireX mode. Sure, the GeForce GTX 580 video cards will probably still end up faster most of the time, but we have to fit in our other goodies (sound card and RAID card), too.