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December 27, 2009 10:54:33 AM

Hi guys im having a really hard time deciding on what would provide the biggest upgrade to my desktop. Im not a newbie to computers but I am also no expert so a good explanation of your answer would be great.

right now I have a dell xps with 8gb ram a tb harddrive and an i7 quad core proccesor with a 21.5" widescreen monitor. I am running this with a single gts240 1gb card. I can run crysis warhead on mostly high settings with a good amount of settings on max aswell and get no slowdown in frame rate at all. id like to get to the point where I can play it on all max settings with no slowdown. Now my question is would it be more beneficial to get another GTS240 and run them in SLI or would it be smarter to just upgrade to a single higher end graphics card? Can you please explain why whichever choice is better. and also can you recomend me the best card I can get without going over 200 dollars if upgrading to a better quality card is the best way to go.

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December 27, 2009 11:25:42 AM

If it's a GT240 then it's not SLI capable, so a new and better card is your only option.
December 27, 2009 11:28:21 AM

No it is not a gt240 its a GTS240 which im pretty sure is SLI compatible but I could be wrong
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December 27, 2009 12:27:17 PM

Please do, as there is no GTS240 as far as I'm aware.
December 27, 2009 6:46:18 PM

A simple google search will reveal that there is in fact a gts240 1gb graphics card and i am also 100% sure it is the card I have. It would be great if I could get an answer to my question instead of being told my graphics card isnt real by a moderator on this website who I would have thought would know better.
December 27, 2009 7:34:40 PM

The GTS240 is in several Dell models and has been discussed here on THG before:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/53778-2-nvidia-geforc...
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/270370-33-differences
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/271596-33-tomshardwar...

but AFAIK it's an OEM product:

http://www.nvidia.com/object/product_geforce_gts_240_us...

You should be able to buy another from dell .... if not....throw ya budget into the list below;

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-310-5970,24...

Here's the "winners" from THG's latest (December) GFX Roundup
Best Graphics Cards For The Money: December '09


$50 - HD 4650
$65 - HD 4670 / 9600 GSO
$85 - 9600 GT
$95 - 9600 GT / HD 4830
$110 - GTS 250 512 MB
$120 - GTS 250 1 GB
$155 - HD 5770 / GTX 260
$200 - HD 4890
$240 - 2 x GTS 250
$310 - No winner (HD 5850 Honorable Mention)
$330 - 2 x GTX 260 / 2 x HD 5770
$400 - 2 x HD 4890
$410 - No winner (HD 5870 Honorable Mention)
$465 - No winner (GTX 295 Honorable Mention)
$625 - No winner (HD 5970 Honorable Mention)
December 27, 2009 7:47:56 PM

psycho4r5 said:
A simple google search will reveal that there is in fact a gts240 1gb graphics card and i am also 100% sure it is the card I have. It would be great if I could get an answer to my question instead of being told my graphics card isnt real by a moderator on this website who I would have thought would know better.

I didn't say it was real, I said I was not aware of it and as you were able to do a web search yourself and find it why did you not just provide a link thus avoiding any confusion?
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