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Looking to upgrade 9800GT SLI

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March 17, 2011 12:33:02 AM

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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a b Î Nvidia
March 17, 2011 1:04:37 AM

check out the amd 6870 or nvidia gtx560.

a b Î Nvidia
March 17, 2011 1:05:50 AM

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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a b Î Nvidia
March 17, 2011 8:51:44 AM
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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-...
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.
March 17, 2011 4:05:48 PM

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-...
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.



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March 20, 2011 9:31:09 AM

Thanks everyone. I prefer nVidia so I'm thinking of going for a gtx560 and will get another when I can afford it :) 
March 20, 2011 9:31:34 AM

Best answer selected by pingwasha.
March 20, 2011 9:36:20 AM

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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