Help with a GPU upgrade

Hi to you all, just wanting a bit of advice on a new card. I've mentioned my spec below and am toying with a GTX560ti, however my knowledge of cards is limited so if someone had a good idea on maybe crossfire with two cheaper cards I would consider it. Also, My 8800GT is still working fine, so could I keep it for physx or not bother if I get two cards? I'll be keeping my 8800GT so I could use it if necessary.....

I'm looking for good performance, I generally play ARMA2 and use the PC to stream Movies from my Freenas Server. Loudness isn't an issue really as I have many appliances running where the PC is, however would like to have good cooling and would consider changing stock coolers. (I had a fan issue with my 8800GT so changed it to a THERMALRIGHT HR-03 GT Which is great, runs very cool....I would even consider reusing it on another card if possible.

So happy for suggestions, Let me know what you think...


USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (Media Centre and Gaming (Arma2)

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: (8800GT with a Thermaltake Toughpower 700W)

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: (Asus P6T SE MB with 6GB Corsair Dominator Triple channel DDR3)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (Any UK Based companies, ie Novatek Ebuyer Amazon

PARTS PREFERENCES: (Crossfire a possibility as my MB is crossfire compatable)

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, or crossfire

MONITOR RESOLUTION: I'm using a 32" HD TV, so I change resolutions for different gaming needs (I never know which res. is best anyway...)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Good cooling is probably the most important thing.
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  1. Sorry, forgot to add that my Budget will stretch to £200 I also would like to use Amazon as my work gives out Vouchers for incentives and I currently have £45 saved up so far....
  2. Well I thought I would get at least one reply.... Well I'm now tempted with running 2 HD6850's as an option, however Arma 3 is going to use physx so will that be the better option?
  3. I myself use a ASUS 560 TI DCII card, and to be honest it is probably the best card in its range atm.

    I also had a dilemma about 6850 CF or a single 560 Ti.
    dual/multi-gpu setups have a lot of drawbacks; micro-stuttering, heat, drivers to name a few.

    Instead, IMHO get a 560 Ti or a 6950 and then add another and SLI/CF when you feel the need.
  4. Thanks for the reply... I have decided on a GTX560ti. Im also going to try and reuse my 8800GT for physx. I'm hoping this will work. Some threads have said that the 8800GT isn't strong enough for a second physx card, any opinions?
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