Upgrade from my GEFORCE GTX 295 - Seeking advice.


I own a system with the following, that I purchased in 2009.

INTEL i7-950 3.06GHZ 8M LGA 1366 FACT OCLCKD

I have a budget of about $500-800 for upgrading my system's grraphics or cpu.

I can do it now, or I can wait for until January if the community thinks its a bad time.

I see that buying more GTX 295's for SLI setting is not a feasible option anymore.

I would like to ask you guys expert opinion on how I should be spend my money for the upgrade. I am only willing to make this upgrade if this setup is outdated for todays games in your opinion and if I will get a significant boost in performance.

Which card do you recommend that would work with my EVGA X58 CLASSIFIED?

Do you recommend a single card or an SLI setup? (I ll be playing Skyrim, and they just announced SLI support)

I would be grateful for your advise.
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  1. For your budget , I would suggest 2 X GTX 570 in SLI or 2 x 6950 xfire, your CPU can just be overclocked to give you better performance.
  2. thanks for your answer.

    the GTX 570 * 2 would be compatible with my motherboard right? my current CPU is factory overclocked btw..
  3. Yes definately compatible , you will see a huge performance increase with it compared to the 295
  4. A GTX 295 isn't quite obsolete yet, it is about 10% slower than a GTX 570, so you will still be able to play most everything released nowadays on high at 1920x1080, though you will be lacking the DX11 features. If I were you, I'd wait until the next generation of cards comes out, or you will be doing a facepalm when you see everyone else with their shiny new cards.
  5. oc the cpu
    poss double the ram
    Sli gtx 570

    ps. i wish i had your starting position & budget lol

    edit. wait for nvidia 6 series?
  6. how much of a wait time are we talking about for the "next gen" stuff?

    the dx10->dx11 was a "facepalm" reason, when will the next facepalm reason leap take place? thats why i was asking if I should wait until january..
  7. rumours of nvidia 6 family release aside (they range from q1 2012 to q3/4 2012), would you consider a swap to sandy bridge / ivy bridge platform (ivy bridge retail expected march 2012)?

    on my limited experience and knowledge they seem to represent the best gaming performance/dollar and with i5-2500K there seems no reason to run under 4.2GHz from what I see (if my sig displays you can see I run @ 4.4GHz without problem on a very cheap {imho} Cooler Master Hyper 212+ air cooling solution), Im certain this can go higher but I leapt from Q6600 at stock so need to push further in my case, noctua cooling or other can probably cope admirably with 5 GHz


    edit: bah no sig displaying

    2nd edit: that 950 should be able to hit 4.0GHz in right conditions, no?
  8. its factory oc to 3.7, and i dont have the technical capacity to increase it more myself..
  9. no worries, 3.7 is fine and dandy and its a handsome cpu by all accounts

    how about 2 x MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti = 540 USD ?

    some more food for thought here: sell the mobo, 950 and ram and swap it all out for;

    2 x MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2GB
    G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
    ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge

    $984.95 (less the the revenue your sale brings in)

    I need to get off newegg before I end up building a new system I definately can not afford ;-)

  10. 3.7 is a good overclcok for todays graphics cards , you wont have a bottleneck, Im running 2 X 560ti's in SLI on a E8500. Go the 560ti or 570 in SLI for now , and upgrade the rest of the system at a later date and still be able to use the new cards in your future system.
    Soon there will be pci express 3.0 and other new specs , upgrade your cards and wait till then at least, otherwise you will be upgrading your whole system twice to keep up.
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