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  1. mab1376

    mab1376

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    I spec'ed out my new PC and I have one question.

    Should I get 2 55nm GTX 260's or 1 GTX 295 when its out.

    It's about the same price, which would perform better?

    Other specs:

    Case: Cooler Master Cosmos 1000 RC-1000-KSN1-GP
    Motherboard: Asus P6T X58
    Processor: Core i7 920
    HDD: Velociraptor 300GB
    PSU: Corsair 850Watt Modular PSU
    Memory: OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (7-7-7-24)

    $1471 USD on newegg (not including video card)
     
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    What is wrong with what you got now??? I could easily see you moving to an e8400, and just buying a GTX280....

    but seriously SLI on a 19inch??? hmm...I think a new monitor might be a good move. It's a good system. depends on if you want to wait for the 295. And also unless you don't want a new monitor.
     
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    I just bought a 25m5" asus monitor that's 1920x1200
     
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    The 295 will be wicked. I'm always pushing for whatever will conquer all the apps. A single GTX280 will rock 1680x1040 for me in anything, and I think you would not regret going with more power. The 295 will be wicked ;)
     
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    Oic, okay then I won't sweat you on the build then. I just didn't notice it in your system specs. Hmmm I would argue against i7 for gaming but I'm not familiar with the architecture vs the yorkies.
     
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    Hell if you got cash to spend, get what you want. IF you want to wait, you can, but 2 x gt 260 216 should be fine for you.
     
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    i could guarantee you that 2x260s will be faster.
    a 295 is just going to be 2 260s underclocked, with less effective memory.

    Its just like my card, 2x8800GTS512s beat a 9800GX2 (although not by much), and a 9800GX2 is just 2 8800GTS512s stuck together.
     
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    so its settled I'll get 2 GTX 260's :toast:
     
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    Yeah, 2 260 will be fine for a year+. I plan on getting a GTX 280 SSC edition when I upgrade.
     
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    GTX 295 has 2x240 sp while the 260s has only 2x216 sp

    GTX 295 setup will have 48 more SPs !
     
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    I'll guess i'll have to see some benches. Does anyone have benches for the GTX 260 55nm yet? If possible in SLi config.
     
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    get the single card.
     
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    If you are looking to get benchie scores, then the 295 I think would be your better go. Personally, for right now, I agree with the moniter comment. A good duel setup is absolutely great to have. Or just a good 22 inch. (I think 24s are to big for something 2 feet at the most in front of you. hell, my 22 is near pushing it) A good display never hurts any system.

    However, if its a gaming rig. Save some dough and just get a single 260. Besides that bloated benchmark of a game Crysis, is there anything on or coming to the market in 6 months that you HAVE to have an SLi setup to get more out of? I bet not. If you game, and thats really it, then a single card is all you need. SLi is a joke to anyone besides benchers in my opinion. Unless it is for cards dirt cheap when you get them. Eg, for the price of one 260, you could get 2 4850 and Xfire if you could get them for the same price.

    Yes, it would be a little better, however, you play something like CoD:4, Left 4 Dead, Dead Space, ect...and tell me you can tell a HUGE difference between 150 FPS and 176. If you can, you must really need an duel card setup. If you like the normal 95% of human kind that can't, then a single card will still server you well.

    As much as an anal retentive bitch that I am with my graphic and video game design work, my 8800GTX still serves me proudly.

    Hope that helps a bit.
     
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    I play left 4 Dead alot and i'm looking to get 60+ fps on games like that I also play COD:4 and COD:WaW, also TF2 and the new Need For Speed: Undercover.

    Older games like CS:S and BF2 and BF2142 should be fine at full resolution since their graphics engines get destroyed by any 8800.

    I benched CS:S earlier at 1920x1200 with 16x AA and 16x AF and it came out with 90-100FPS. Which i'm very happy with.

    I've yet to test l4d on my current rig, i'll see how it goes later on.
     

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