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Hi!

I'm getting a GTX 680 soon, and I was thinking about getting a used GTX 260 as a dedicated PhysX + back up GPU for about $55.

I mean, is it a good purchase? I could use the GTX 260 as a back up between primary GPUs.


But what is your opinion? smile.gif
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Personally. I wouldn't bother. Too much extra power draw with too little benefit. If you want an emergency card, I'd grab a used GT210 or something from someone dirt cheap.
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post #3 of 8
Its a good card not only for a physx but also as a backup. plays most games just fine
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post #4 of 8
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Originally Posted by metroidfreak View Post

Personally. I wouldn't bother. Too much extra power draw with too little benefit. If you want an emergency card, I'd grab a used GT210 or something from someone dirt cheap.

You see, not only would I use it for PhysX but also as a solid backup card, if something should happen to my primary GPU. I've actually kind of missed having a GPU, I could just use for emergencies, you know? smile.gif I don't worry about power draw. My AX850 should handle it pretty well wink.gif
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Its a good card not only for a physx but also as a backup. plays most games just fine

Yeah, I was looking at a 8800 GTX, but I could get the GTX 260 for like $10 more. Didn't take me long to figure that one out biggrin.gif
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I suppose there is nothing wrong with having it laying around as an extra card, I was a fan of my GTX 275 back in the day.
    
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I suppose there is nothing wrong with having it laying around as an extra card, I was a fan of my GTX 275 back in the day.

Had a 275 myself back then biggrin.gif

Oh, and by the way, this is a 216 core model smile.gif
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My opinion is that if you want to you can buy a GTX 260 as a backup card, the GTX 680 alone should be more than enough to handle physx as well. As metroidfreak said, it's too much power draw for such a small benefit, if there even is any benefit at all. Of course, if you don't mind the extra power usage then go for it.

I personally would just buy a GTX 680 for main usage and if it breaks down I'd have the GTX 260 as backup, nothing more, nothing less. thumb.gif
    
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post #8 of 8
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My opinion is that if you want to you can buy a GTX 260 as a backup card, the GTX 680 alone should be more than enough to handle physx as well. As metroidfreak said, it's too much power draw for such a small benefit, if there even is any benefit at all. Of course, if you don't mind the extra power usage then go for it.
I personally would just buy a GTX 680 for main usage and if it breaks down I'd have the GTX 260 as backup, nothing more, nothing less. thumb.gif

That was my intention smile.gif I would only use it as a PhysX card for fun... Mainly as backup, and just having it laying around here smile.gif
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