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[Nvidia] Upgrade advice - 285 gtx SLI vs 460 gtx SLI - Bang for Buck

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November 4, 2010 5:53:56 AM

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.

Current setup -
Case - Antec 900
PS - PS - Mushkin XP-650w http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817812001
CPU - Phenom II 965 Denab 3.4ghz (stock clocked 'cause I'm trying to adjust to 3rds and I sleep all the time)
Cooler - Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835207004&Tpk=N82E16835207004
Ram - 8 GB G. Skill Ripjaw DDR 3 1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277&Tpk=N82E16820231277 (currently 4gb, other 4gb are on the way)
Mobo - Asus M4N98TD Evo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131636(also on the way)
GPU - BFG 285 gtx OC (Can't find a URL for this that actually lists technical specs anymore :( )

My question - I am in the process of bringing things up a notch in the system because it just feels old/outdated (read: I've got the itch).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 :sarcastic: )

I am attracted to the 460s because they are newer hardware, run cooler and more quietly, and scale very very well when used in SLI. I was thinking the PNY XLR8 1gb OC model (765 core and 1530 shader out of the box) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133326&Tpk=N82E16814133326

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.

-Tim

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 :lol: 
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
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)
a b U Graphics card
November 4, 2010 8:43:22 AM

SLI on an AMD board with the NF200 chip scales badly.You're better off getting a single card.For around 300$, this is the best card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
For a single card, the performance/ price is not as good for a card that costs 400$.
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a b U Graphics card
November 4, 2010 6:23:44 PM

^ 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:

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/102?vs=191

I feel your pain . . . er, itch . . . I have a 4-year old OC'd quad that games fine but . . . its time :)  Waiting for a couple more months though.
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a b U Graphics card
November 4, 2010 7:07:09 PM

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...

Promo Code: EMCZZYR24
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November 5, 2010 4:33:52 AM

I think that newegg sale is 10% off power supplys.
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November 5, 2010 4:38:55 AM

nvm just put a card in my box and used the code. Took off 23.00.
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