First off, I wanted to say thanks to the forum as a whole for being an incredible wealth of knowledge for me over the years. I've been lurking here on the forums for years but was always able to find what I needed through searching or the like. Normally through reviews and benchmarks I can make my own decisions about hardware. For some reason, I just can't make up my mind in this case.
The Question: I currently have a BFG 285 gtx OC. I want to add more kick to the Video end of my rig and am not sure what is the best way to go about doing so.
My question - I am in the process of bringing things up a notch in the system because it just feels old/outdated (read: I've got the itch). As you can see, a new mobo is on the way as well as more ram. I'd like to go SLI mostly because I never have and its cheaper than buying one big card, right now. I don't have tons of money to throw around, but I'm a stickler for a good deal - if it doesn't pack a lot of bang for the buck, I'm usually not interested. That being said, I can usually be persuaded to pony up a little more cash if its a better deal.
I was trying to decide between getting another 285 gtx or picking up a couple 460 gtx - either way, ending up running SLI. I have doubts about BFG - though this card has been rock solid for me for over a year, now. Them dropping out of the video card business and recent events make my 'life time warranty' little more then a joke. However, this might enable me to pickup another 285 gtx OC for a good deal (curse my frugal parents, the deals always get me )
I think a good portion of the desire for this upgrade is wanting to build and work with an sli setup.
What do you guys think ? Should I pickup another 285 or look for a set of 460s ? If the 460s, how do you think the PNY model will fit my system ? Would you recommend a different one ? Thanks in advance for your help.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Preferrabley this weekend, sometime
BUDGET RANGE: 400ish for new GPU(s) Before / After Rebates - I hate mail in rebates
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming. I play most everything. Thinking about playing Metro 2033 again(didn't run too hot when I cranked it up the first time through).
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: see above.
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: see above.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I'm not too picky, but I prefer NewEgg.
PARTS PREFERENCES: SLI board on the way, so I prefer nVidia
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Really looking to pickup GPU(s) that will match the system well (will be OCing the proccessor eventually)
^ Agreed re 2x285 on an AMD board. Not a good idea. In any case, with 2x285 you don't get DX11 which would seem a shame given the investment.
So if you're itching for SLI, you should send back the new mobo and consider an Intel platform (i5 760 that would improve gaming performance) or crossfire a pair of 6850s. Or wait a bit longer for an nVidia response other than pricing vs the new 6800s, AMD's 6900s due soon, and Intel's Sandy Bridge due 1Q.
Here's a tool you can use to compare cpu and gpu performances (I chose 760 vs 965), but keep in mind that gpu data for SLI is not on an AMD mobo:
I would not write of AMD SLI .
I would not recomend the 6 core cpu.
If someone already has the parts, the OP, it will still give good return.
There is a 10% off sale right now at newegg
You can get HawK 1gb for 190.00 -170.00 AR http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Sell your gtx 285 for 140.00 locally on craiglist or ebay ?
If your looking forward to build , building around those Hawks would be rewarding.
They are impressive looking
Well newegg is having 10% off all graphics cards right now...