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I think I'm going this route:

I can get:

2x2 GB DDR3 RipJaws ($50)
Radeon 6870 1 GB ($219.99 - $20 promo discount - $30 mail in = $169.99)
Biostar TP67B+ Mobo ($129.99 - $15 promo = $114.99)
i5 2500k ($193)
Retention Bracket for Xiggy ($10)
Shipping ($10)
= $550

I am getting $260 for my CPU, GPU, Mobo, RAM and another processor I have

So out of pocket is $290

The Biostar isn't a top of the line mobo, but it has two PCI-e slots (though when I run crossfire it will be in x4 x4) and the reviews say it overclocks well. The retention bracket allows me to use my Xiggy on 1155. The 6870 seems like a good price/performance deal and I can easily add a second when the price is right.




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Alright, I've been nagging these forums a lot the last few days, but I really want to knock this out. I have everything summed up nicely below, just looking for as much advice as possible. I am really down to 3 options. Which is the best price to gaming performance option.

1) Keep my setup the exact way it is. When Bull Dozer comes out, competition should drop prices and you can think about upgrading then.

2) Buy a GTX 560 Ti for $250. Sell my GTX 260 for $70 (looks like I can only get $65-$70 on craigslist for it) = $180

3) Sell Motherboard + Q6600 + RAM for $160. Buy Ripjaw 1600 Mhz DDR3 RAM ($50) + $165 (MSI P67A-GD55 (B3)) + $193 (i5 2500k) + $103 (BFG GTX 260) = $350

For $350 I get GTX 560 Ti performance graphically (SLI GTX 260's) minus the DX11 + a sandy bridge setup (better mobo that can SLI + DDR3 1600 Mhz RAM + SB processor).

Or for $180 I can get the GTX 560 Ti, wait a few months till bulldozer comes out and then sell my mobo, ram, processor and upgrade then.

There are my options, here are my concerns.
a) in 3-6 months, will I still be able to get $160 for my current mobo, ram, processor.
b) If I buy another GTX 260, am I just investing in tech that I won't be able to re-sell due to age

Thanks a lot. Hopefully I can get this wrapped up today so I can stop harassing you all.

Also, 3.2 Ghz is the max I can get with my cooler - I don't have the retention brackets (I would buy them for SB) and my temps get too high.
Edited by seabiscuit68 - 3/19/11 at 12:27pm
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Is there a different forum this belongs in?
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GTX 260's are still quite viable GPU's even without DirectX 11. Sandybridge overall would give you quite a noticeable boost in performance over your Q6600, so I'd opt to stick with the GTX 260's for now and grab Sandybridge instead of the GTX 560 Ti.
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My opinion is probably quite different than most people here because I'm quite the efficiency freak.

You left out one big cost which is ... electricity.

Everyday you run that GTX 260 (55nm or 65nm) and Q6600 (65nm) is lost money due to higher electriticty usage.

You initially pay more for GTX 560 (40nm) and Sandy Bridge (32nm) but you get the money back, over time, in reduced electricity usage. Plus, you will get lower temperatures as an added bonus. And no need to upgrade your power supply.

Here's a comparison of a single GTX480 (40nm) vs 2 GTX285's(55nm).

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/158?vs=167

In crysis, average fps is close, but the 2 GTX 285's consume 136W more than the single GTX 480. Also note that SLI 285's has a much lower minimum frame rate than a single GTX 480, in Crysis.
     
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My opinion is probably quite different than most people here because I'm quite the efficiency freak.

You left out one big cost which is ... electricity.

Everyday you run that GTX 260 (55nm or 65nm) and Q6600 (65nm) is lost money due to higher electriticty usage.

You initially pay more for GTX 560 (40nm) and Sandy Bridge (32nm) but you get the money back, over time, in reduced electricity usage. Plus, you will get lower temperatures as an added bonus. And no need to upgrade your power supply.

Here's a comparison of a single GTX480 (40nm) vs 2 GTX285's(55nm).

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/158?vs=167

In crysis, average fps is close, but the 2 GTX 285's consume 136W more than the single GTX 480. Also note that SLI 285's has a much lower minimum frame rate than a single GTX 480, in Crysis.
I hadn't thought of that before. I wonder how much of an impact it actually has on my electricity if I run it for maybe 6 hours a week...
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IMO there is no need to wait for the next gen of CPUs as SB is more than capable!
And since going SB, my bottleneck is now my GPU! (in some games)
But I can live with that, for now
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I would just upgrade the graphic card. You won't see any big performance from going to sandy bridge. At least wait until Bulldozer comes out to make a smart choice for CPU upgrade.
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I was looking around and noticed you can still run SLI and crossfire in x16, x4 mode (both running x4). I noticed with a ATI 6850, people are seeing almost no performance loss when running x8 x8 vs x4 x4.

If I sell my GTX 260 for $70, change the motherboard I was buying to a $150 one (saving $30 or so) and pick up a 6870 for $180. Then I can pick up another 6870 and crossfire it...

That might be the best way to go.
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You're on a 22" so I'm assuming you're at 1680x1050.

Upgrade to SB, overclock your GTX260 (which is more than enough for 1680) and buy the 560 (or whatever is the fastest $250 card) when you have the money.

You honestly don't need much more than a 260 for 1680 gaming, and moving from only a 3.2 Q6600 to an SB (I'd assume at least 4.5GHz) will bump your framerates quite a bit. The only reason I moved off my 260 is because Crysis Warhead slowed it down at 1080p.
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Honestly, you could go either way. My Q6700 and GTX560 can handle everything I play with max settings.

I also went from a 260 core 216 to a 560. I don't regret it at all.
    
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