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September 21, 2009 5:49:43 PM

Whats the best gpu for a SLI config for around $150?

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a c 145 U Graphics card
September 21, 2009 8:17:58 PM

for that kind of budget its better to get single card like GTX260. why did you want to SLI?
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September 21, 2009 8:26:40 PM

renz496 said:
for that kind of budget its better to get single card like GTX260. why did you want to SLI?

Is a single gtx 260 like 2x9500gt? Just to see how much better the graphics are with 2 card rather than 1.
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a b U Graphics card
September 21, 2009 8:42:28 PM

rjbrunker said:
Is a single gtx 260 like 2x9500gt? Just to see how much better the graphics are with 2 card rather than 1.


Having two cards does not necessarily mean twice the performance. Single card solutions are always better than multiple cards, especially for a low budget. A GTX 260 will fit you well, and if you wait a little longer, they might go for even cheaper.
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September 21, 2009 8:59:28 PM

skolpo said:
Having two cards does not necessarily mean twice the performance. Single card solutions are always better than multiple cards, especially for a low budget. A GTX 260 will fit you well, and if you wait a little longer, they might go for even cheaper.

Are the graphics really that good on the 260?
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a b U Graphics card
September 21, 2009 9:00:12 PM

rjbrunker said:
Is a single gtx 260 like 2x9500gt? Just to see how much better the graphics are with 2 card rather than 1.


2x 9500GT's are about as powerful as a single 4670.
SLIing a pair of weak cards is still going to give you weak, but now overpriced, performance.

We need to know exactly what you have and what resolution you game at.
With this information we can direct you towards your best upgrade option.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
September 21, 2009 9:04:33 PM

A GTX 260 is worlds better than the 9500gt, SLIed or otherwise.
The better questions are what resolution do you plan on using and how good is both your processor and PSU.
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September 21, 2009 9:23:18 PM

outlw6669 said:
2x 9500GT's are about as powerful as a single 4670.
SLIing a pair of weak cards is still going to give you weak, but now overpriced, performance.

We need to know exactly what you have and what resolution you game at.
With this information we can direct you towards your best upgrade option.


ok heres what I plan on buying within the next 2 months.

EVGA X58 SLI LE Motherboard

Intel Core i7 920 Processor BX80601920 - 2.66GHz OC @4.0 or higher

Patriot Viper Tri Channel 6GB PC10666 DDR3

Coby 32" Monitor at its highest resolution
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a c 376 U Graphics card
September 21, 2009 9:43:05 PM

From what I'm seeing that's more of an HDTV than a monitor and it has a resolution of 1366 x 768. A single GTX 260 would be more than adequate for that resolution. I'd recommend an HD4870 instead however as it's better for the money and still overkill. That motherboard can handle crossfire as well as SLI so that's not an issue in case you upgrade the monitor in the future.
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September 21, 2009 9:48:41 PM

but isn't the HD4870 more expensive?
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a c 376 U Graphics card
September 21, 2009 10:07:29 PM

No, it's cheaper.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
There's 512mb versions and 1gb versions. The extra memory will be pretty much entirely useless at your resolution but for $10 more you may want to consider it in case you upgrade to a 1920x1080 monitor at some point.
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a b U Graphics card
September 22, 2009 7:17:59 AM

No, the 4870 is cheaper than the GTX 260 and offers similar performance.
Of the two, I would consider the 4870 the best option.
As both of COBY's 32" HDTV's (Here and Here) only run at 1366x768, either of these cards are overkill.

At that low of a resolution, you could defiantly get away with running a slower and cheaper GPU.
A single $85 4850 will give you more than enough performance and even a $60 4670 would suffice.
Perhaps your best option would be to get a higher resolution 24" Display and pair it with a 4870.
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September 22, 2009 4:52:24 PM

outlw6669 said:
No, the 4870 is cheaper than the GTX 260 and offers similar performance.
Of the two, I would consider the 4870 the best option.
As both of COBY's 32" HDTV's (Here and Here) only run at 1366x768, either of these cards are overkill.

At that low of a resolution, you could defiantly get away with running a slower and cheaper GPU.
A single $85 4850 will give you more than enough performance and even a $60 4670 would suffice.
Perhaps your best option would be to get a higher resolution 24" Display and pair it with a 4870.

Can you recommend a monitor?
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a b U Graphics card
September 23, 2009 10:27:00 AM

It is easy to Recommend Monitors but without a budget it probably does not mean to much.
In general, look for a 24" display that runs at 1920x1200.
See the above link for some more specific recommendations.
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September 23, 2009 1:30:00 PM

no more than $300 is my budget.
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a b U Graphics card
September 23, 2009 4:01:54 PM

Well, as size and budget seem to be very important....
I spotted an ASUS 25.5" Display on Newegg for $270 after MIR.
The vast majority of the user reviews are positive but I could locate no official review of it.
For the price, size and resolution I would say it is a winner for you.
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