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Looking to upgrade 9800GT SLI

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Some time in the near future. (no huge hurry)

BUDGET RANGE: Prefer less than $300(CAN)

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Enthusiast gaming. (most new games on max settings.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: current GPU=9800GT SLI, PSU=seasonic 650watts

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Core i7 860@2.8GHz, Asus P7P55D-Pro mobo. Thermalright venomous X CPU cooler(takes up lots of space), 4GB DDR3 kingston ram, thermaltake V9 case

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.ca, tigerdirect.ca, www.memoryexpress.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: nVidia... DX11, PhysX, all that good stuff :)

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm looking to upgrade my graphics cards specifically, but all recommendations will be taken for all parts.
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  1. your current setup would be comparable to a gtx460. For a single card, what i think you should aim for would be a gtx560ti or better, whatever you can afford. If you dont mind running sli you could try to find a cheap pair of 1gb gtx460's, that would be the best value for money but it will probably be over your $300 CAN budget.
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    you could do that, i think you would be better off to sli 2 gtx460's, even the 768mb version would be faster than that 550. see review here http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-550-ti-gf116-radeon-hd-5770,2892-8.html
    Your much better off getting a gtx560 (which is a decent amount faster than what you have + dx11) and then later when you have the money and need more performance get another 560. Those 550 cards are not much better, and sometimes slower than a gts450 OC version or a 5770 which are both much cheaper.
  3. pingwasha said:


    GTX 460 - 768mb are 20% faster than these. Also, the HD 5770 performs similarly at a much lower price.
  4. iam2thecrowe said:
    you could do that, i think you would be better off to sli 2 gtx460's, even the 768mb version would be faster than that 550. see review here http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-550-ti-gf116-radeon-hd-5770,2892-8.html
    Your much better off getting a gtx560 (which is a decent amount faster than what you have + dx11) and then later when you have the money and need more performance get another 560. Those 550 cards are not much better, and sometimes slower than a gts450 OC version or a 5770 which are both much cheaper.



    What he said.
  5. this one http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161355&cm_re=6950-_-14-161-355-_-Product

    in the future you can add another one.

    that model will unlock to a 6970.

    if you go straight for a SLi or CFX solution it wont be upgradeable unless you sell both of the cards and buy something new.
  6. Thanks everyone. I prefer nVidia so I'm thinking of going for a gtx560 and will get another when I can afford it :)
  7. Best answer selected by pingwasha.
  8. Random question...

    Can I keep one of the 9800GTs in there for PhysX only?
    I know you can't SLI a 9800gt and a gtx560, but is for physx only possible?
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