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January 19, 2011 5:33:19 AM

okay so im working on my new build and atm i have:

EVGA X58 SLI LE
Core I7 950
12GB GSkill DDR3 1600
2x 150GB Raptors
2x 750GB Seagate ES2
Antec 1200


now im at the cross roads on my GPU choices

I already bought 2x EVGA 460 SE 1GB cards.. (just cause i got them for $128 ea NIB)

but i have 3x EVGA GTX 260 core 216 Superclocked cards AND a XFX 9800GT (for PhysX)



now which would be better to put in my system? DX11 isnt that important to me and the games i play most are

COD: Black Opps
COD: MW2
COD: World At War
DiRt2
Flatout2
Left4Dead 1+2
HawkX





any suggestions would be great thanks!



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Power Supply is 1000watt Ultra X3

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a b U Graphics card
January 19, 2011 6:24:44 AM

Personaly, I would opt for the three GTX260-216 setup but 2x 460 is equally good. If DirectX11 isn't important then perhaps you should reserve the 460s for later or make some profit

Also, there is the possibility of the GTX460 x 2 bottlenecking that QX6700.
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a c 153 U Graphics card
January 19, 2011 6:35:31 AM

Uhm, I have SLI GTX 260s and I max out all of those games you play with ease, which means the GTX 460's will max those out with ease too. Tri-SLI with GTX 260's doesn't scale that well as far as I remember, also you have a lot of heat output as well as a LOT power consumption.

My advice.... Sell 2 of the 260's and the 9800 and do SLI 460s + GTX 260 Phsyx.
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January 19, 2011 6:42:34 AM

SE... means "Sucky Edition". Even a 768MB GTX460 is better.

Both setups should perform very similarly, but 3xGTX260 will consume much more power and run much hotter than 2xGTX460 SE. In addition, it's also good to have DX11 even if you don't need it at the moment.
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a b U Graphics card
January 19, 2011 6:43:23 AM

i prefer the latest directX11, for next time all game full support it
In addition to that it is using Direct X11 which is way better than the GTX 260 direct X10. Shader Clock isn't important neither is memory it's all about the memory bandwidth. The more GFLOPS/s the faster the card.
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a b U Graphics card
January 19, 2011 7:58:15 AM

do you actually find your 3 gtx260s to be insufficient with the games you play? i doubt that.
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a b U Graphics card
January 19, 2011 9:31:09 AM

Personally, i'd go for the two 460's in SLI.
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January 19, 2011 12:25:38 PM

andy5174 said:
SE... means "Sucky Edition". Even a 768MB GTX460 is better.

Both setups should perform very similarly, but 3xGTX260 will consume much more power and run much hotter than 2xGTX460 SE. In addition, it's also good to have DX11 even if you don't need it at the moment.


Acording to Nvidias site, the SE is just clocked down a little bit which it looks like a simple OC could take care of no prob.


also just for clarification, the system in my sig is NOT related to this build at all, so please dont use those spec's.

and lastly, i remember seeing a benchmark or 2 out there that showed 2x 260 216s beat out a pair of 460s in quite a few games..

also i dont have to get rid of the 460s, i have no problem keeping them around for an upgrade later if DX11 is as big as everyones making it out to be, or just for a different build.

but thanks so far everyone! keep it going please!
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January 20, 2011 12:31:17 AM

a7xfire said:
Acording to Nvidias site, the SE is just clocked down a little bit which it looks like a simple OC could take care of no prob.


also just for clarification, the system in my sig is NOT related to this build at all, so please dont use those spec's.

and lastly, i remember seeing a benchmark or 2 out there that showed 2x 260 216s beat out a pair of 460s in quite a few games..

also i dont have to get rid of the 460s, i have no problem keeping them around for an upgrade later if DX11 is as big as everyones making it out to be, or just for a different build.

but thanks so far everyone! keep it going please!

Read a bit more closely. It's 336x675 vs 288x650. Huge difference!!
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a b U Graphics card
January 20, 2011 12:41:45 AM

sell your GTX260's & buy GTX 460 SLI it better for you
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