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Hey guys, its that time of year again for me (seems like every August I start getting itchy to upgrade in time for the holiday season releases).

I've got a friend who wants to buy my two GTX465's for $200, and I'm wondering what the best upgrade would be for me? Should I get 1 GTX580? 2 GTX 570's? Just keep the 465's? I'm getting a 120hz projector to replace my 60hz one, so I'd like to be able to play all upcoming games @ >120fps @ 1280x720. I'm probably close to being able to do that with most games, except a few on maximum settings...

I know Nvidia's coming out with a new generation of GPU's but that's probably not going to be available until 2012...I'd rather not wait that long to upgrade if I've got someone willing to buy these 2 cards now. What do you think I should do?

I'd like to keep my budget under $500.
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SLI GTX 465's are going to perform right around where a GTX 580 is. Since your resolution is so low, most games will be CPU bound, and it seems you already have that covered there's really no reason to upgrade IMO.

I would stick with the 465's.

If you really have the itch to upgrade, I would buy 2 used HD 6950 2GB cards.
    
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Appreciate your input. I'd like to be able to use 3D vision in the future since its a 3D projector, I've heard of issues trying to do so with ATI cards.

Kind of a shame nVidia can't just release their cards pre-holiday season, seems like they're always releasing them in January or February for the last few generations.
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Ah, a projector. That would explain the low resolution. lol

Try out the 465's. They're still great mid-range cards and should be able to hold their own at that resolution at a decent amount of FPS.
    
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Yeah, for some reason the only "3D" true 120hz projectors right now are 720p not 1080p.
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I also suggest you to stay put with your pair of GTX465s.

The main limit is your budget of $500. The best performance you can buy with this amount is probably a pair of GTX560 Ti. But this setup is not 'major' enough from your current GTX465 SLI.

And frankly, selling away the pair of GTX465s for US$200 is a big giveaway. That friend must be your best friend for you to be so generous!

To scratch that itch of upgrade, how about getting into watercooling your CPU? Perhaps with Corsair H100. Getting your i5 2500K to 5GHz should be a worthy project. As you play at a low resolution of 1280x720, your CPU will bear more of the load. So, an even higher overclock is always a good thing.
Edited by windfire - 8/11/11 at 6:42am
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I also suggest you to stay put with your pair of GTX465s.

The main limit is your budget of $500. The best performance you can buy with this amount is probably a pair of GTX560 Ti. But this setup is not 'major' enough from your current GTX465 SLI.

And frankly, selling away the pair of GTX465s for US$200 is a big giveaway. That friend must be your best friend for you to be so generous!
When you can pick them up new for $110 and have a chance of them unlocking, I think $100 each is a good price for the OP to sell theirs at.
    
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Yeah, it is my best friend actually lol. We game together on a near daily basis so it benefits me to have teammates with fast setups too, right?
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Yeah, it is my best friend actually lol. We game together on a near daily basis so it benefits me to have teammates with fast setups too, right?
Ah, there is that tiny bit of 'selfishness' behind the generousity of yours!
Just joking
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