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Upgrade to SLI or wait (GTX 280)

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June 10, 2009 10:29:02 PM

I have a BFG GTX 280 OCX atm. I upgraded my PSU a while ago to support SLI but never went through with it. I can get a second 280 OCX from newegg for 279.99.
I will eventually be running a 3 monitor setup with this machine and currently I run at 1920 x 1200. I play FPS, RTS and MMO games. Is adding this second card worth it or should I wait till next gen?

Specs

E8600 @ 3.8 ghz
GTX 280 OCX
8 GB ddr2 OCZ Ram
XFX 780i Ultra Mobo
1000 w Silverstone OP series PSU
2 32gb raptor drives raid 0 (OS)
1 160gb Seagate drive (storage / games)
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June 10, 2009 10:56:43 PM

TBH your probably best off waiting for the next gen, but the bad news there is thats 6-9 months away, esp for nVidia.
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June 10, 2009 10:57:59 PM

Since they stopped making GTX280s (they've been replaced by the 275 and 285) I say get it while you can. I don't think you'll be able to SLI a 285 with a 280 after all so once those 280s almost vanish their prices will skyrocket just like what happened with the 8800 Ultra. If a single card is fine for you though and you don't feel as though you need any more performance, then you may as well wait for November to roll around as that is when we should be seeing some DX11 cards.
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June 10, 2009 11:33:00 PM

in a few weeks ATI should be releasing it's first directx 11 card and so i advice you to upgrade to that seeing as it will perform better and have the new directx 11 standard which if i am correct requires new hardware. keep in mind this card will be lunching with an estimated price tag of 200-300 USD so you decide, if you are an Nvidia fanboy feel free to wait til the gt300 lunches early next year as in all honestly your gtx 280 will suffice til then.
June 11, 2009 12:54:08 AM

crisisavatar said:
in a few weeks ATI should be releasing it's first directx 11 card and so i advice you to upgrade to that seeing as it will perform better and have the new directx 11 standard which if i am correct requires new hardware. keep in mind this card will be lunching with an estimated price tag of 200-300 USD so you decide, if you are an Nvidia fanboy feel free to wait til the gt300 lunches early next year as in all honestly your gtx 280 will suffice til then.


where are you getting your information from? link me plz :) 
June 11, 2009 3:26:58 AM

I would probably wait until the next generation of videocards, then the 200s will get drastically cheaper, but if you have the budget, i would got for another GTX280 in SLI
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June 11, 2009 3:43:37 AM

Your GTX280 is still a very capable card. Are you not satisfied with it's performance?

I would suggest getting a cheap second vga card just to run the 2 secondary monitors, and leave the gaming to the dedicated gtx280.
June 11, 2009 11:13:02 AM

wait... for the nxt gen.. energy efficient cards... cheers..
June 11, 2009 12:25:45 PM

Word! Thanks for the sanity check guys!
June 11, 2009 6:32:02 PM

the GTX280 is a very rare card I m affired, so you might as well wait and its a VERY long wait for Nvida, as I hear they are having problems.....

AMD/ATI have thier next gen coming about this year(late) Nvida still haven't made thier prototype its only in specs from by the looks of it .
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June 11, 2009 6:53:22 PM

I would wait for the next generation. In 6 to 9 months, look back at the GTX 280. Next year, spend the $280 for a card at least 50% faster than the GTX 280.

A year ago, I thought the 8800GTS 320 md for $150 was a good deal. A month later I bought another one to run SLI. Last month I bought a GTX 260 for $160 that blows away the dual 320 mb cards.

I don't think te prices of those 280 will skyrocket. GPU prices usually go to half of their introductory in less than year.

June 11, 2009 6:56:39 PM

i know here in the UK the GTX280s are very rare now and at limited stock, OCuk sold all thiers at a amazing price ;o
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