APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: January sometime after the holidays BUDGET RANGE: Cheaper the better, but I'm looking to spend about 160$
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming: Starcraft 2, CoD:MW2, Crysis, HD Videos x264
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Currently have a MSI GTX260 (link), and a Coolmax 950w PSU (link)
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: I have an EVGA P55 SLI (link), G.Skill 4gb DDR3 1600 (link), and an Intel i7-860, plus two 1.5TB HDD in RAID 0 (link)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: Nvidia
OVERCLOCKING: Factory OC - SLI: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I need to decided if it would be better for me to upgrade to a second GTX260 for SLI, or purchase a new GTX460. I have a friend who is willing to sell me his 260 for about 85$, or I could sell him mine for 85$ and buy a 460 for 160 (Or my cost would actually be only 80$ after selling my old video card).
I need to know which would be a better deal for me to get?
I'm looking into upgrading because sometimes I have a little bit of studdering in Starcraft 2 and I do not want this. I want to be able to play the game maxed out, with no lag whatsoever. Another option is to invest that money into a Solid State drive.
If you have a GTX 260 now, and can pick up a second one fairly cheap it's a great performing setup. And it'll easily outperform a single GTX 460. And does well @ 1920x1200.
However, if you'd like to have DX11 capability the GTX 460 would have the advantage there. The games you listed however aren't games that I'd spend money on just to get DX11. Starcraft 2 is the only one new enough to even take advantage of DX11, and honestly I don't think it would make a big difference. Some titles, like the new WoW Cataclysm have optimizations to improve performance using DX11. But most games it's a performance hit.
Should you get a GTX 460 however (or your friend) check out the MSI Hawk GTX 460 @ NewEgg.com right now. It's a good deal with rebate and such.
Thank you, that was exactly what I was looking for!! It makes much more sense to me to get the second 260 for 80$ rather then spending the extra 170$~ (after selling my 260) to upgrade to a 470 which preforms near the same as the SLI setup.