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    Default Upgrade advice - should or shouldn't?

    So I'm thinking of upgrading my PC a little, but I'm not sure what card to get or if the money I'm willing to spend on it is even worth spending. Any advice would be appreciated

    I was thinking about getting something like the ASUS ENGTX560 DC/2DI/1GD5 (what a crazy name!) or maybe a Radeon HD 6950? I have no idea what to buy, but it shouldn't cost more than the ASUS card, and unless an AMD card is a lot faster I'd rather stick with Nvidia, as I've had way too many problems with the AMD drivers (especially in linux).


    All of my current hardware specs:
    CPU: Intel Core I5-2500k
    RAM: 2 x 2 GB Corsair XMS3 - PC3-12800
    GPU: Gainward GTX 460GB Golden Sample - Goes Like Hell <--
    PSU: Corsair CMPSU-750HXEU
    Motherboard: ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 Sandy Bridge B3
    Misc: Noctua NH-D14, OCZ Vertex 3 SSD, NZXT Panzerbox*, Microsoft Sidewinder X6, Logitech G9x


    * Notice the Panzerbox. The card cannot be a huge card. The current one can only just fit in there.

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    Definitely don't go for GTX560, because it's essentially an overclocked GTX460. I wouldn't go for HD6950 neither, since performance difference isn't really that vast to be worth the hassle.

    Personally - I'd wait for the next gen GPUs.
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    I second that, the 560 is not much of an upgrade.
    "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar" - Unknown (but sometimes attributed to Sigmund Freud)

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    Thanks! I'll wait and save some money for now

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    Yeah, it's not worth it to get a new high-end GPU every generation, unless you're made of money.



    Myself:

    X300 -> 7300GT -> 9500GT -> HD4870 -> Crossfire HD4870s -> HD6950

    You can also see my evolution from casual gamer to more hardcore gamer.
    It's my PSU in a box!
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    My PSU in a box, baby!

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    How about adding a second card? Would that be worth it? I have never tried SLI.

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    Is it 768MB or 1GB card that you have? If it's 1GB, then SLIing might be worth it. You can get used 460 for $100 or so, or a new one for ~$140.

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    It is a 1gb factory overclocked card:
    www.gainward.com/main/vgapro.php?id=395

    Might be hard to find another one used. Would it be worth it? I have no idea how widespread and supported SLI is. How big a performance gain would I be looking at getting?

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    You don't have to find the exact same card, any other GTX460 1GB (not SE) will do. In most games you should see about 60-70% more FPS, though you have to remember about microstuttering.
    Also, some games don't support SLI (those will run the same on one and two cards).
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    I really don't like what I've read about microstuttering. I think I'll pass and wait for a new generation.

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