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250SLI @ ~$160 vs 260-216 vs 5770

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July 10, 2010 4:06:15 PM

e8500
XFX 890-iul9
3x2 HyperX
Coolmax 780SLI
Win7 64 Pro

I also have an AMD + 5770 setup; I could consider buying a second 5770 then transfering both to the C2duo system. However, I'm curious to know if 2 GF250's would be decent enough for ~$160 (2x http://newspaperads.mercurynews.com/ROP/ads.aspx?advid=... ; yes I can read they're 1 per customer, but that's an extra benefit of having a girlfriend ;)  )

Furthermore, I'm not sure if 2 5770's would be too much for the e8500 system, or even if I'd get better results (than 2@250's) from a GF260-216core, GF46x or ATI58xx card (assuming the same approximate cost, 'cause I'd then have to get another card for my AMD non-XF set-up.) ... regardless of the DX10 vs DX11 debate.

Thanks in advance -
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July 10, 2010 4:10:28 PM

Crossfire 5770's would give you performance equal to an ATI 5850. So you'd have a fantastic gaming machine. An E8500 (especially if OC'd) should handle them with most games. Some titles (like Bad Company 2) are coming out that seem to really like quad core systems. So you could have some limitations with those types of games. The higher speed you can get out of your C2D the better.

2 x GTS 250 however will be quite a bit faster than a single GTX 260 or ATI 5770. But, as you mentioned, you'd have to get a 3rd video card for your other system.

The GTX 260 is about equal to the ATI 5770 for the most part.
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July 10, 2010 4:54:15 PM

Thanks Jerreece;

Basically my options come down to:

2@250 = ~$170
DX10, moderate power, porbably somewhat low noise

1@5770 + 1@250 (or 5670) = $250
DX11, medium power, medium noise, potentially longest lasting

1@460 = ~$225
DX11, low to moderate power, low to moderate noise


I may go with the 250's, but for only $80 more, 5770CF seems reasonable (provided it's not overkill for the e8500, and also that the XFX890 SLI can support it in the first place)...
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July 10, 2010 5:01:52 PM

hythos said:
Thanks Jerreece;

Basically my options come down to:

2@250 = ~$170
DX10, moderate power, porbably somewhat low noise

1@5770 + 1@250 (or 5670) = $250
DX11, medium power, medium noise, potentially longest lasting

1@460 = ~$225
DX11, low to moderate power, low to moderate noise


I may go with the 250's, but for only $80 more, 5770CF seems reasonable (provided it's not overkill for the e8500, and also that the XFX890 SLI can support it in the first place)...

Crossfire is not going to happen on that board I don't think.
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July 13, 2010 3:21:12 PM

Quite an interesting week it's been...

Gonna settle on returning the 5770 and pick up 2 new 460's; I'm only interested in an external-venting fan, and probably won't hold out for a 1gb vs 768mb (especially not for another $50); SO looks like an EVGA Superclock 460/768mb.
~$475 should get me 2@ GF460 + 1@ 5650...
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July 13, 2010 4:08:32 PM

hythos said:
Quite an interesting week it's been...

Gonna settle on returning the 5770 and pick up 2 new 460's; I'm only interested in an external-venting fan, and probably won't hold out for a 1gb vs 768mb (especially not for another $50); SO looks like an EVGA Superclock 460/768mb.
~$475 should get me 2@ GF460 + 1@ 5650...


With the money you're going to put into SLI GTX 460 (2 cards) I'd wait for the 1GB versions. It'll pay off / come in handy later. With the newly released specs on Mafia II (which I can't wait for!) a good GPU and sufficient RAM are going to come handy for sure.
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July 13, 2010 7:39:16 PM

I guess I need to go back to asking if 2 460's would be too much for the e8500 to handle...

I still have the two 250's but haven't used them yet - and would expect the CPU to be sufficient for at least those two.
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July 13, 2010 11:07:31 PM

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Your E8500 is an overclocking monster. Aslong as it's at 4Ghz or above you won't have any issues.


Alrighty; guess that answers the last of my questions then :) 

1) Pull and return my 5770, keep the two 250's....

2) Buy 1 (then a second now or later) GTX460's and use 1 250 for PhysX - considering 460's are 2x SLI max and my XFX 790i has 3-way PCIE2.x

Thanks alot everyone -
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