Hi everyone, this is my first post, I hope its in the right place lol. Anyways I've had a BFG 9800GTX+ for 2 years now and well like any other graphics card its started to get outdated, my Medieval II will tell me to 'upgrade GPU or scale down settings' so I have looked into upgrading.
My dilemma is whether I should get another 9800GTX+ and SLI or a single 260. I know the dual 9800 will murk the 260 but I was think in the long run won't it be better if I can just get the upgrade of the 260 and then SLI that down the road?
I can get a 9800GTX+ for around $150 and the 260 for $200 (plus tax). Any input would be appreciated. Oh and also, does it matter if the 9800GTX+ I'll be buying is a different company?
To be honest when I built this thing I was so overwhelmed (and pretty ignorant) to Nvidia > ATI, thing is I've contemplaced an ATI card once I read further, but my board is a 780i triple SLI so I'm kind of tied to the Nvidia line for the SLI thing.
My res is 1440 x 900 so nothing spectacular in terms of resolution is required I just want to like run a million units at once with less lag and max settings.
Well, the likelihood of being able to get a second GTX 260 later to SLI is about nil- they're on their way out, and not anywhere close to worth $200. They perform about where a 5770 does, and you can find deals on those for as low as $135 lately, and the 5770 also has DX11 support and eyefinity multi-display support. Honestly- if you are still using a single 9800GTX after 2+ years, you probably are not gonna end up ever buying that second card for SLI. Also- for $150, the second 9800GTX is WAY overpriced too. Really, its gonna be hard to find an Nvidia card right now thats NOT pretty severely overpriced. Your best bet is to try and sell your current 9800GTX and try to pick up a 5850 if you can afford it. (you CAN run an ATI card in an SLI board, you just won't be able to run more than one). So yeah- get the 5850, or get the 5770 and get a second one of those along with a new system upgrade with a crossfire compatible board in a bit (I imagine with a 2 year old graphics card, you'll be upgrading your whole system again by the time you'll really want more than a single 5770.
I enjoyed my dual GTS 250's even though i had them for 4 months only, the top card maxed out at 59c and the bottom card maxed out at 53c no matter what conditions (stock volts) so im not complaining either.
My cards were not noisy at all unless it was summer and I had the AC off and even then I could care less. I miss those cards....
I think I'm just going to go with the 9800, I know the 5870 and such models work on my board and are a lot better but for the cost right now (and my resolution 1440x900) I can't justify it, I'm really poor right now (just finished building my bike) and don't plan on totally upgrading for another at least 2 years. I killed like $300 when I bought my mobo for the SLI feature so not using it will be a sin Anyways, my cheapest option is the 2x9800.