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I have the option of buying a refurbished Zotac GTX295 or a Zotac GTX275.

Which one is the better buy?

How much should I offer for each card, I'm a bit unsure how much I should spend since I'm not up to date with gfx cards.
    
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The GTX295 requires a lot more power than the GTX275, I doubt your generic PSU could handle it.

The GTX275 is rather reasonable. Here is a bench http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/169?vs=168
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A generic PSU won't be able to handle a GTX275 either.
    
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I'm planning to upgrade guys and i'll get a new psu!

So the 295GTX is more powerful by those bench marks would you agree?

I have two choices

1) Zotac nVidia GTX275 PCI-E Card 896MB DDR3

2) Zotac nVidia GTX295 PCI-E Card 1792MB DDR3

How much would you pay for each one?

They refurbished models but come with the box + manuals.
    
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I got my GTX275 for about £70. Since you've not said where you are.

I'd expect a 295 to be around £130 or something.
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I'm in Australia.

So maybe $120 for a 295GTX and $70 for a 275GTX sound fair?
    
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2 v 1

not fair fight

get the 295 for sure
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post #8 of 12
Not sure on the currency exchange, I'd say offer him $140 just to make sure.

I'm warning you about your PSU. It wouldn't surprise me if it went bang.
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I'm planning to upgrade guys and i'll get a new psu!

So the 295GTX is more powerful by those bench marks would you agree?

I have two choices

1) Zotac nVidia GTX275 PCI-E Card 896MB DDR3

2) Zotac nVidia GTX295 PCI-E Card 1792MB DDR3

How much would you pay for each one?

They refurbished models but come with the box + manuals.
Leaving your current PSU out of the question, the GTX 295 consists out of 2x 55nm "crippled GTX 280 chips" and crippled means 4 ROPs and thus 64-bit cut off from the memory bus (4 x 16-bit), clocked at stock GTX 260 frequency.

In short this means that the chips used in the GTX 295 function the same as the one inside the GTX 275. The GTX 275 is clocked higher right out of the box though, therefore the GTX 295 is somewhat slower than dual GTX 275s in SLI.

I would pay about $95 - $110 for a new GTX 275 and about $130 - $145 for a refurbished GTX 295. Although I'm curious what kind of GTX 295 it is exactly (the dual PCB one or the one with a fan in the middle). Because the newer one with the fan in the middle does not have voltage tweaking and ran hotter IIRC (dumps most heat inside the case).
post #10 of 12
That's true and with a generic case it's going to get hot.

However that being said, as long as you don't overclock it you should be ok.

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