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9800GT SLI or single GTX 260 for e7200 @ 3.166 GHz?

Should I get another 9800GT for my rig, or should I get a GTX 260 core 216? Will the new card even make a difference with my CPU?
Keep in Mind that I'm going to buy core i5 CPU/MoBo/PSU/RAM in March/April, so I will not be getting anything else in the meantime except a new video card. If there won't be a difference in gaming, I'll just hold off on the whole thing until early next year when I build a new rig. :)

I would also be open to an ATI solution ~ $150

CPU- e7200 @ 3.166GHz

CPU Cooler- XIGMATEK HDT-SD964 92mm Rifle CPU Cooler

MoBo- MSI P7N SLI-FI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI

PSU- Coolermaster RS-500-ASAA iGreen Power 500W

RAM- OCZ Reaper 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 @ 800MHz

Video Card- MSI N9800GT-T2D512-OC

Monitor- SAMSUNG LN46A650 46" 1080p HDTV

1 optical drive and 2 HDDs

3 case fans, 2 120mm, 1 80mm

Gaming resolution is 1920 x 1080p @ 60Hz


Temps are good, GPU is right under 60 degrees C, CPU is 57 C during prime95 run

Antec's power supply calculator shows that I need 337w for a GTX 260 setup, and 391w for a 9800GT SLI setup, so I know that my power supply is fine.

Currently getting 44 FPS min, 60 FPS max(capped by monitor) in Fallout 3 @ max settings, 0AA 8 AF

(no, I don't care about Crysis)
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    both have thiers pros an cons you can get some good performance now with anther 9800 but you could get the 260 wich is a lil better but you could ad another when you upgrade an sli 260s an on the ati side a 4870 compares well
  2. obsidian86 said:
    both have thiers pros an cons you can get some good performance now with anther 9800 but you could get the 260 wich is a lil better but you could ad another when you upgrade an sli 260s an on the ati side a 4870 compares well


    Obsidian, you make a good point on the fact that I can buy another GTX 260 when I upgrade to core i5. I hadn't thought of that.

    I bought this MSI version, which came with a retail version of Arkham Asylum, a game I was going to get anyway, so I ended up paying $125 for the card. Thanks for the help! :)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127430]
  3. I think you gpu performance for fallout is fine. March/April is quite for away. (7-8 months). In that time frame we could be seeing radically different prices and even newer gpus from both companies. I feel you pain, I know what it's like to just wanna make an upgrade. But you should hold off till you order your i5.
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