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Well lately I've wanted a little bit more firepower, and I'd like enough to play Crysis 2 on higher settings without noticeable lag. Currently with my single 9800 GTX, I can play the game above 24 fps with settings on 1920x1080 and very high system spec. After I started to see larger amounts of lag in certain parts of the game, I figured it's time I upgrade.

I went online looking for a GTX 460, and found an awesome re-certified deal from PNY at newegg.com. This seemed pretty appealing, so I bookmarked it and wondered about the performance gain of another 9800, which was only $50 dollars.

I looked up the performance difference between a GTX 465 and SLi 9800's and the 9800's came under the GTX 465 by around 200 points in 3DMark06, but here's the catch: I was able to purchase a 1 TB and 500 GB hard drive along with my 9800, all costing me almost 100 dollars total, the price of the 465. Now I can use 3 hard drives in RAID 0, and have much more storage space for media.

Was this a good idea though? Or would I have seen a bigger performance jump if I just went with the 465? If so, I might honestly just wait a while and buy two of the 465's later, because 100 is a pretty good deal for a decent card like that.

The lack of DirectX 11 is a little disappointing as well, but I'm not very worried about it. There will be plenty of time to upgrade to a card that supports it in the future.
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well aside from DX11 you will not see any very much difference in FPS vs a single 465. personally i think you made a good choice as you can upgrade to the kepler cards (6xx series) when they come out and have a awesome crysis machine
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yeah I agree with jose

good choice!
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Intelligent choice, you gained much more and benefited much more from this.
 
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Agree with the others, though don't agree with storing your media on a raid0 array.
 
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I would've made the same choice. Imma sucker for storage space
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Well lately I've wanted a little bit more firepower, and I'd like enough to play Crysis 2 on higher settings without noticeable lag. Currently with my single 9800 GTX, I can play the game above 24 fps with settings on 1920x1080 and very high system spec..
I am not trying to be a prick here..but...really?!
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I am not trying to be a prick here..but...really?!
he said he noticed lag after a while though


oh, btw the loading lag in crysis is fixed with a raid 0 array or ssd =D
it doesnt do the hiccup thing anymore since I went down the ssd path which is really nice

EDIT: I had raid 0 raptors before that and it also made almost no loading lag where my singular 7200rpm drive had quite a bit
Edited by bobaffett - 7/21/11 at 10:57am
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I am not trying to be a prick here..but...really?!
Haha, yeah it's really strange, but I don't complain about how my 9800 GTX performs. It's a pretty old EVGA 9800 GTX KO. I've modded the cooler with a dremel and I mounted a smaller 60mm fan straight on the cooler. It still stays EXTREMELY hot though. I'm gonna use it as the secondary card in the SLi. That way it's getting the cooler air, and it doesn't need to work as hard. I'm getting a 9800 GTX+.

If you're wondering, I found after some googling that the GTX+ will SLi fine with a normal GTX. I was really worried about it for a while after my purchase.
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