I'm currently rocking a 8800gt 256mb at a res of 1440x900. I plan on upgrading to a 6850-6870 sometime in the next 6 months but I have a chance at a GTX 275 for 60 (could maybe get it for 40-50). I understand the 275 is dx10 and everything but I'm still 6 months away from a 6850-6870 and 24" monitor.
I wouldn't recommend investing more than $20-$30 into such outdated hardware, especially since you're planning on replacing it in the short term. Resale value is next to nothing, so that money is just going to be gone.
I'd say tough it out until you get the big upgrade and put that $60 toward an even nicer card.
The 480 will prob be out of my price range. I can go about 150 max (6 months from now), so I should still be looking at the 6850-6870 yes? My PSU is an earthwatts 430w which means if I do 6870 I would have to use a molex adapter bc the PSU only has 1 6 pin.
So it's a def NO on the 275 because I'm guessing it won't be that much of a difference between the 8800gt I already have? Unless I can swing this for like 20-30 maybe.
Yeah, I might have messed up with that PSU since I built a rig with an I5-2500k that I have yet to overclock. I'll upgrade the PSU when I go to SLI/Crossfire, for right now I need to figure out this 275 situation and I think I'm just going to let that card pass and wait for a 6850 and a 24 monitor. Then down the raod upgrade PSU when I get another 6850. Does this sound like the right plan?
I appreciate everyone's input, this is why I come here.
I think for $60 you can get the 275. And if you do that, you wownt need the 6870 or 6850. Because is a big change from 8800gt -250mb to a hi-end gtx275. And if you ask me, i wowld get the new 7770 - 7750. It will work perfectly for your PSU. Check it out!!!!