USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: I want to game at best possible appearance for least money; video editing
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY C Power and Cooling 750
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: I7 920 standard clock, Gigabyte X58A-UD3R rev1, 6 gig ram, Win 7 Home Pro 64
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg and Amazon but others are ok. USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: nvidia
OVERCLOCKING: SLI and overclock are likely
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200
My system is currently running at stock speeds. I have not overclocked the CPU or GPU but have overclocked my older systems in the past going all the way back to a Pentium 3 so I'm not intimated to do so. Have a 212 cooler on CPU now but am probably going to go with a H100 cooler prior to overclocking.
Now for my real dilemma .I am currently running a stock XFX GTX 260. What I am wondering is it a lot more sensible to just get another 260 off ebay for $50 and SLI or should I save some money up and get a single 670? If I get the 670 there would only be one card I could not afford two.
Excellent link. Will be using that from now on when comparing. It does not however allow for the possibility of comparing a SLI 260 rig to a single 670. I'm looking for bang for the buck. Power consumption is not an issue really for two reasons. I don't leave the rig on all day and night. It only sees a hour or two on work days and maybe 3 to 4 hours on off days. The PS is definitely up to the task.
The 260 is a great card, SLI would be great. But personally, I would still prefer to go with a single 670 than adding another 260.
Few reasons behind this -
1) Much newer technology with newer features (GPU boost is awesome I must say)
2) Better future-proofing, you can SLI this card in the future (maybe 1-3 years down the road?) for double, maybe even triple performance of the 260 SLI Setup.
3) This may be irrelevant to you, but it's a big selling point for me, power consumption.
4) There may be some scaling and stutter issues in games due to the SLI Setup.
Just much less stress/worry overall with a single power card I think .