Sign-in / Sign-up
Your question

Another 9800GTX+ or a GTX 260

Tags:
  • Graphics Cards
  • Graphics
  • Product
Last response: in Graphics Cards
April 7, 2010 7:02:16 AM

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 Anyways I've had a BFG 9800GTX+ for 2 years now and well like any other graphics card its started to get outdated, my Medieval II will tell me to 'upgrade GPU or scale down settings' so I have looked into upgrading.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?
Thanks!

More about : 9800gtx gtx 260

a b U Graphics card
April 7, 2010 7:44:48 AM

No to 5830, it's quite overpriced.

Well, it's up to you, really, but you'll have the same issue with the GTX 260 when it's time to upgrade - get another one or just upgrade to a new card so you could possibly SLI in the future.

I'm the kind of person that upgrades to see large improvements right now, so I'd probably either get the 9800 or if I could afford it, I'd sell the 9800 and get a 5850.
m
0
l
Related resources
Can't find your answer ? Ask !
a b U Graphics card
April 7, 2010 11:18:40 AM

Don't forget to consider the Radeon 5770.
It is leaps and bounds beyond the current GTX 260's threshold of past events conquered due to its feverishly fast GDDR5 memory
Time to move forward me lad
m
0
l
April 7, 2010 8:48:57 PM

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.
m
0
l
a b U Graphics card
April 7, 2010 8:59:12 PM

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.
m
0
l
a b U Graphics card
April 7, 2010 9:51:03 PM

Sell your current 9800GTX and get a single 5850/470 ...

I assume that the OP is not in the US because a 9800GTX can be purchased for less than 75.00$ used / 100.00$ new ..
m
0
l
a b U Graphics card
April 7, 2010 10:09:45 PM

SLI and Crossfire is overrated. To be honest they advertise performance and everything but they don't ever mention the noise and heat. I had a dual card setup 3 times now.

I hate having two whining cards in my computer. Also the higher room temp. Dual GPU card or simply bigger card is the way to go.
m
0
l
a b U Graphics card
April 7, 2010 10:25:30 PM

I've enjoyed my dual GPU setup- the cards (though theres 2 of them) still don't get as hot as my previous 4870, so I can't complain. Noise really isn't an issue either.
m
0
l
a b U Graphics card
April 7, 2010 11:38:36 PM

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....
m
0
l
a b U Graphics card
April 8, 2010 2:09:07 AM

If you have a case with good air flow, then I would say go for the cheaper 9800 and enjoy your games.
m
0
l
a b U Graphics card
April 8, 2010 5:03:12 PM

adding the second 9800GTX will be much faster than a single GTX260
m
0
l
April 11, 2010 6:37:13 AM

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.
m
0
l
a b U Graphics card
April 12, 2010 6:19:53 PM

Thats a solid choice. Enjoy that SLI! Should give you some pretty nice performance.
m
0
l