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Used Nvidia GTX 260 for $79 as a Temporary Card during RMA

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September 3, 2011 8:58:29 PM

This is my system
Intel Q9650 3.0GHZ
GIGABYTE EP45-UD3P
2GB Kingston RAM 800MHZ
EVGA GTX 460 1GB
1TB Samsung + 500GB HITACHI SATA HDDs
SIGMA SHARK 635W PSU
Acer AL2216W 22 " Monitor @ 1680x1050
COOLER MASTER RC 590
Logitech x540

My gtx 460 is on its way to EVGA for return after it stopped working it is due to arrive at EVGA on the 7th of september currently I am using a legacy 16mb pci Nvidia which has no drivers for windows 7 (registers as standard VGA Graphics Adapter max @1280 x 1024 16bit) I very limiting, Should I buy a USED Nvidia gtx 260 as a temporary card until my 460 returns
NB: I am from Trinidad and as a result you could add a week or two to the normal return process!

The price of the card is $79 US
also is my power supply good enough for a gtx 260 I believe so just looking for confirmation!
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September 3, 2011 9:09:21 PM

Your PSU is good enough for a GTX260.

What sucks is that it's not powerful enough for a GTX460 and a GTX260 as a PhysX card.It would have been a good boost to run a GTX460 with a GTX260.
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September 3, 2011 9:42:21 PM

purple stank said:
Your PSU is good enough for a GTX260.

What sucks is that it's not powerful enough for a GTX460 and a GTX260 as a PhysX card.It would have been a good boost to run a GTX460 with a GTX260.



Cool I honestly don't value the whole phys x thing but I considering building a second system Black Friday I could use it then the whole processor madness confusing me though but thanks for the heads up is the price good value in your opinion?
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September 3, 2011 9:46:33 PM

Well I mean the GTX260 is a powerful card so if your PSU was a quality unit it would have been nice to use the GTX260 as a PhysX card instead of just trashing it,at least you would have got your moneys worth out of it.

For $80 it's a good deal,imo.You get a $80 card that's just as good as a $130 card(5770).
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September 3, 2011 9:52:57 PM

I have a few gtx260's. I wouldn't waste money on it if I had a 460. Wait the 2 weeks until you get your card back. As far as physx goes...... open the nvidia control panel/physx......... make the processor handle the physx taking some of the burden off the 460. Should make some stuff a little smoother as far as game play goes ( on physx supported games )
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September 3, 2011 10:01:36 PM

purple stank said:
Well I mean the GTX260 is a powerful card so if your PSU was a quality unit it would have been nice to use the GTX260 as a PhysX card instead of just trashing it,at least you would have got your moneys worth out of it.

For $80 it's a good deal,imo.You get a $80 card that's just as good as a $130 card(5770).



I understood what you said I just find Phys x somewhat overrated but I could either upgrade my psu or resell the card so should not go to waste! Thanks again!

Also If you had a e8400 (lying there after buying used q9650 for $150 8 mths now) and my system with $450 and you wanted a second system (no monitor in the equation) what would u do squeeze a sandy bridge or bulldozer system or use the e8400 till ivy bride is out?
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September 3, 2011 10:04:31 PM

I know this may be a dumb question, but is the 260GTX the next one they brought out after 240GT?
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September 3, 2011 10:22:36 PM

hoggy522 said:
I know this may be a dumb question, but is the 260GTX the next one they brought out after 240GT?



Nope I think it was after the 250 which is actually an re-branded 9800gtx (little improvement) the 240 was targeted at a different market (lower level)

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-performance-...
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September 3, 2011 10:29:04 PM

swifty_morgan said:
I have a few gtx260's. I wouldn't waste money on it if I had a 460. Wait the 2 weeks until you get your card back. As far as physx goes...... open the nvidia control panel/physx......... make the processor handle the physx taking some of the burden off the 460. Should make some stuff a little smoother as far as game play goes ( on physx supported games )



If it was a month and what do you think about building a sandy bridge system (without Keyboard, mouse, monitor, hard drive optical drive and case) with a budget of $400
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September 3, 2011 10:36:04 PM

you cant wait 4 days?
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September 3, 2011 10:39:09 PM

megamanx00 said:
you cant wait 4 days?



4 days till it reaches EVGA but about a month till it returns to me in Trinidad hoping not more!
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September 3, 2011 10:53:20 PM

Well you already have the second system.But I see what your saying.

Ivy bridge isn't going to be a huge step forward from Sandy Bridge(Not as much as SB did).It's the same technology just on a smaller die.Of Course if you have the money you can always get a SB now and upgrade to Ivy since it use's the same socket.

In your second system what do you have to buy to make it work?
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September 3, 2011 11:02:28 PM

purple stank said:
Well you already have the second system.But I see what your saying.

Ivy bridge isn't going to be a huge step forward from Sandy Bridge(Not as much as SB did).It's the same technology just on a smaller die.Of Course if you have the money you can always get a SB now and upgrade to Ivy since it use's the same socket.

In your second system what do you have to buy to make it work?


I just have a e8400,DVD Writer (not into blu ray) and a hdd I just did not factor those parts into the equation because I was buying all the other parts mentioned above locally for around $250 for all
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September 3, 2011 11:13:11 PM

So you would need a motherboard and a PSU?
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September 3, 2011 11:16:36 PM

purple stank said:
Your PSU is good enough for a GTX260.

What sucks is that it's not powerful enough for a GTX460 and a GTX260 as a PhysX card.It would have been a good boost to run a GTX460 with a GTX260.


That is why recently I bought this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sexy isn't it :sol: 
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September 3, 2011 11:23:30 PM

purple stank said:
So you would need a motherboard and a PSU?



Memory too so you think I should use the e8400, I don't really play quad demanding games and the q9650 system can do that my favorite games are PES 2011(favorite) ,Crysis 2, NBA 2011 Grid, Dirt and Call of Duty (all)!
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September 3, 2011 11:33:00 PM

nforce4max said:
That is why recently I bought this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sexy isn't it :sol: 



Really looks good and if its internals are the same as the 850w model it very good in terms of component quality and performance. I can't afford one these though i am looking at Corsair's 650 and 750 tx v2
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September 3, 2011 11:41:15 PM

If you would have to buy RAM,PSU and a motherboard you might as well not and just put that money towards a SB or IB build.IMO, it's just a money pit.
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September 4, 2011 12:30:36 AM

purple stank said:
If you would have to buy RAM,PSU and a motherboard you might as well not and just put that money towards a SB or IB build.IMO, it's just a money pit.



True
I was thinking of the following:


Cooler Master 690 II Advance (Locally) $105
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W (Amazon) $85
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 (Amazon) hope they offer it not now though! $130
Intel i5 2500K (Amazon) $220
EVGA Superclock Cpu Cooler (Next Year with 140mm fans and a controller)
EVGA GTX 460 (RMA)
8gb ddr3 (Amazon) $60
AOC 23" led (locally) $205
SSD (Next Year)

TOTAL = $805
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September 4, 2011 1:03:44 AM

I'm sitting here looking at this wondering what Ray Charles needs with a computer. Aren't you blind ? ........ anyways, I look at your original build and wonder why you would want to buy new parts so close to what you have. You'll make some gains but for the amount of money you're going to invest........... sit back and wait for your card to come back and enjoy. Save your money until you can make a significant improvement. Want to improve your system. Make it so it has at least 4gigt of ram. That improvement you should notice right away depending on what you're doing with your machine at the time.
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September 4, 2011 1:48:07 AM

it's really great. But I game on a Q9550 775 and have no problems playing anything ( DX11) or using any of my apps. Why upgrade from that ? The weakest parts of his machine is the lack of RAM, and should I say it........ the graphics card to a certain extent. Why spend all that money when you don't really have to ?
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September 4, 2011 2:26:13 AM

Another 2G of RAM would be useful.

It depends on which games the OP plays.The only one I see that would benifit a 2500k is Crysis 2.
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September 4, 2011 2:54:25 AM

purple stank said:
The 2500k is a huge improvement over a Q9650.Don't know what your talking about.

You talking about this cooler?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Yes! I like its performance and aesthetics but I am doubting it compatibility with 4 stick of ram (z68) especially tall kits!
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September 4, 2011 3:01:54 AM

swifty_morgan said:
it's really great. But I game on a Q9550 775 and have no problems playing anything ( DX11) or using any of my apps. Why upgrade from that ? The weakest parts of his machine is the lack of RAM, and should I say it........ the graphics card to a certain extent. Why spend all that money when you don't really have to ?


It not really about an upgrade it about getting a second system for lan games and more productivity in my household! I actually Have no issues with my q9650, 2gb (still will upgrade) and gtx 460 for gaming especially because I aim to max out my games to the point of 6o fps once a game is running at less (rarely at 1680 x 1050) i reduce a setting until I achieve 60fps fluidity with vsync on and I am quite satisfied
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