hm, interesting stuff... but here are further things that wud clear up a little more things:
1- I dont plan to sli, because the cost of the 850w psu and the second card combined wud be over my budget, and, that i personally think that with that price, i might even get a newer card and sell of the old one...
2- Im actually getting a new monitor... but i still cant decide what size to get. the 20"or 22" . Keeping the price apart, both have the same max res (1680x1050). Does theextra 2" make a difference in performance or in general ? I reckon at the same res, both will perform the same....
3- As for benching, i dont consider crysis the standard (thats just me.. coz i think its a piece of crap programming... but no discussion over this... opinions vary). And hence i dont care if 1 card maxes crysis, and other doesnt... im more interested in general gaming performance and keeping the card for arnd two odd years, hence future proofing.
@gkay09.. m8, what if i get the card now, and if ther is a worthy deal next month or so, i swap accordingly... Besides, ive got a gaming league coming up, and i need the new pc anyway hence the card....
or one more thing.. i agree that the 285 wud be an overkill, but lateron in the year, or maybe start of next, will the 285 have any edge over the BE? Because right now, the BE is at-Par with the 280 in all benchies, and 285 will be a litttttle above it..
Oh and please keep in mind, its the Black Edition that im interested in comparing, and not the stock 260-core 216.
A vanilla card can overclock as high or higher than the BE and here in the US cost's $75 less, which would go a long way towards a new psu or CPU.
Please tell me you don't want to pair a GTX260 up with the Athlon X2 3800 in your member config.
oh no im getting a Q6600 + MSI P43NeoF3 + 2x2GB Corsaid Dhx + Asus Silent Knight 2 + CM690 prolly.. and the card goes there the 3800x2 stays with my Trusty old 7900GT which has only failed me but only in GTA4 :@ ... Rest i love the 7900GT (P43 instead of P45 coz i dont need the sli, and 400 oc wud take the q6600to 3.6, with which i wud be more than happy )
as for the card, im thinking of going for a 260BE now, and hoping (thx to gkay09 fpr tje info) that after Q1, some card wud help slash the price of the 285 down. If so, ill step up to the 285, else, ill stick to the BE till i find a good deal
I know you said no SLI, but having just gone through this, I will share my thought process:
My decision was 2x 260BEs in SLI vs. 1 285. Using the 260BE/$200 and 285BE/$380 pricing I decided that it made more sense for my usage (light gaming @ 1920x1200 with a good amount of futureproofness) to get the better performing setup for roughly the same cost, and when 285s are ~$200 a pop, upgrade (or reeval the market).
Alternatively, I could have sacrificed some (small amnt) of performance now and gone with the 285 and then added an a second card in sli in the future when the prices came down.
The option I went with may cost more in the long run, but I think gives a better average of performance and cost over the lifetime of the computer.
well... to be honest, both cards in single mode is overkill at 1680x1050, and the GTX 260 core 216 is often $100 cheaper than the fully working GTX 285 (GTX 260s are basically crippled GTX 280s, but not too crippled, really.)
Myself, i am fine with my weird resolution, 1360x768. Some of you may go, "What? that's like 640x480, hahaha!"
I mean, really, at my resolution, i can see a lot of details pretty damn good. Sure, you can keep on pumping up the resolution, but at the end of the day, it's anyone's preference.