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GTX 260 SLI or GTX 460 or 460/260 Physx

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July 17, 2010 2:44:54 PM

At this moment I have one GTX 260 216 and recently upgraded to an i7 so i thought why not upgrade my GPU, so im looking for some advise from you guys. Should I buy another 260 and SLI the two, or buy a 460 and sell the 260, or just buy a 460 and use the 260 for physx? I have a OCZ Modxstream 700w PSU so if that becomes a problem please chime in on that as well. Thank You TH

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a c 146 U Graphics card
July 17, 2010 3:42:04 PM

if you go for SLI you will have performance just a bit lower than GTX295 but you will miss dx11 stuff. if you get a 460 the performance increase is not much but if you can OC the card really good then you will have something with the performance between 5830 and 5850 plus dx11. if you really want to use your 260+ as a dedicated physx just make sure your PSU is up to that though i think that your current PSU might be fine supporting both 460 and 260+ together.
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July 17, 2010 3:45:02 PM

The GTX 460 is just as expensive as the GTX 260, why not just SLI two GTX 460's?
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a c 146 U Graphics card
July 17, 2010 3:54:54 PM

Computerrock1 said:
The GTX 460 is just as expensive as the GTX 260, why not just SLI two GTX 460's?


the thing is he already have one 260+. if he going to buy 2 460 then it will cost way higher than just buying one card. even if he going to sell his 260+ will there be a buyer to buy the card on a decent price to cover the price of another 460? i just don't think so :p 
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July 17, 2010 3:57:21 PM

Computerrock1 said:
The GTX 460 is just as expensive as the GTX 260, why not just SLI two GTX 460's?



This would be great, but I already have a GTX 260 and would have to sell it and then spend $400+ on new video cards, something I would love to do but the funds aren't available, unless of course, you'd like to buy a GTX 260 for $200?? haha

EDIT: Renz you are a quick one
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July 18, 2010 9:57:50 AM

EVGA GTX 460 !
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July 18, 2010 4:28:38 PM

So would I get better performance from SLI GTX 260s or GTX 460/ 260 for Physx? I'm not real familiar with the performance gains of a Physx card, and yes I okini55, i would love a GTX 460, it's a beast, but if I gain more from SLI GTX 260s I'm going to go in that direction.
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a c 146 U Graphics card
July 18, 2010 5:43:48 PM

there is no doubt that you will gain more performance with SLIing your current 260 compared to 460 and 260 combination but as i said before you will miss dx11 stuff. as for physx stuff you have to remember that there is not many games out there are using physx as their physic engine but then again it is not bad either to play games like batman arkham asylum with physx at high setting (which is perform better with the aid of dedicated physx card) :) 

i think that you're a little bit late with your decision to SLI your current 260. maybe you can do this: just buy 460 right now and temporarily set the 260 as a dedicated physx card. then get another 460 when you have the money. just don't wait too long if you really want to SLI those 460 because you might run into something like this again in the future :) 

just a piece of my advice. the decision is yours to make :D 
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a c 187 U Graphics card
July 18, 2010 5:47:46 PM

^ And good advice it is, too!
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July 18, 2010 5:50:44 PM

Renz you're a genius haha, I have been debating on whether to do that or not, and i just recently purchased Bad Company 2 because I like FPS much better on pc than on xbox, and I've heard having a dx11 card is almost necessary for BC2. Do you think a OCZ Modxsream 700w (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) is enough to power a GTX460 and a 260? And can you give me a piece of advise for the GTX 460 I should purchase? Thank You in advance i greatly appreciate this
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a c 187 U Graphics card
July 18, 2010 6:05:05 PM

You'll be fine, the PSU has plenty of juice for that setup but you will need to power one of the cards with molex/PCI-E adaptors-The PSU has only 2 PCI-E plugs.
As for card: EVGA seem to offer the best warranty and support so get my vote.
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July 18, 2010 7:40:19 PM

Yeah I have an EVGA GTX 260 now and love it, I just need more juice haha, if I was going to go for the GTX 460 id like to get the 1gb, and thats what I believe I'm going to do, Thanks for the help everyone, shows what a great community Tom's has
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a c 153 U Graphics card
July 18, 2010 7:47:58 PM

milbrandt1 said:
Yeah I have an EVGA GTX 260 now and love it, I just need more juice haha, if I was going to go for the GTX 460 id like to get the 1gb, and thats what I believe I'm going to do, Thanks for the help everyone, shows what a great community Tom's has


Just make sure you get the 1gb, and overlock it.

Its not a giant leap in performance, you're really only getting it for the DX11 features.

Maybe you can sli the 460s in the future though.

EDIT - I was totally beaten to it like forever ago... haha. Well yeah I agree with renz.
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July 26, 2010 2:31:39 AM

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a c 272 U Graphics card
September 17, 2010 11:28:55 PM

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