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System rig, also going to upgrade psu, and undecided if I want to put three 260 into dedicated physx, or if that would even really matter
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GTX550 Ti? This might be bottlenecked slightly by the CPU. Also you may wanna look into the GTS450?
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450 or a 550 isn't much different than his 260.
    
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With an X2@3.37, even the 260 is going to be BN'd in a lot of situations.

I wouldn't bother to upgrade your GPU with that rig. GPU-based PhysX is only used on like 4 remotely popular games (Mafia 2, Batman AA, Mirrors Edge, Metro) so unless you're really into those, I wouldn't bother w/buying a physX card personally.
    
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Originally Posted by brettjv View Post
With an X2@3.37, even the 260 is going to be BN'd in a lot of situations.

I wouldn't bother to upgrade your GPU with that rig.

Beat me too it, was gong to say exactly that.
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You're better off putting those GPUs to fold. And yes, like the others have said, you'll need a platform upgrade if you want to avoid a bottleneck. Your current Athlon X2 isn't gonna cut it, unfortunately.
    
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go with an HD6870 or GTX 460 for a 25% performance increase.
Any card faster would probably be bottlenecked by the dual core.
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I wrote that with a little too much haste I think. Let me explain a little more.

I am going to be upgrading my whole rig, with an i7 and one of those fancy newer gigabyte g1 mobos as the platform, but I am not going to have everything coming in at once, and I want to be able to play as I go, so psu and gpu seems like the right first choice to buy. Whatever I buy I'm going to sli after I rebuild the whole system.

That being said, my gpu upgrade here will see marginal improvement, but keep in mind that the system will open up in a few months.

So I heard someone say my 260 wouldn't be useful as a physx dedicated, upgrade and save the NON 216 core to use in the future, or just get rid of it?

Lastly, if I were to do sli, would a set of 460 or 560 ti be better apped for an all day running bluray and other home theater tasks, followed by long nights of mmorpg and rts style gaming, or would I be beyer just dropping more cash on a single, more powerful gpu, and what range psu would I be looking for in either scenario? Thanks guys.

Ive beenon and off these forums for over 5 years now, and no matter how stupid or pointless my questions are, you guys never cease to amaze me with your depth and broad range of knowledge. Thanks so much!
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One of your 260's alone can handle Bluray/Hometheater. . Don't worry about that part.

What's your budget? Is SLI ok or single card?
    
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One of your 260's alone can handle Bluray/Hometheater. . Don't worry about that part.

What's your budget? Is SLI ok or single card?
Well I only have one 260, and yes it does mt ht apps fine, and doesn't overheat or have many problems that might come up running a card 24/7 for btter than 2 1/2 years, that's something I lok for in my cheapness lol, also something I would expect from any new card, I would hate to upgrade to find out I need to keep my computer turned off most the time just to save my gpu from killing itself.

With regards to the sli question, my budget accounts for less then does not going too overboard on a system I basically use to watch movies and play games on. 2 sli 560 would be in the 500$ range, a single card that may or may not perform as well as sli 560, but is in the 350 - 400 range is more then welcomed, and if you think I would be happy with twin 460s or even a single 560 / 570 feel free to speak up as well.

The best of the best doesn't concern me as much as the best bang for the least amount of cash does. Not that I can't afford to buy the bigger stuff, just that throwing 200$ extra a gpu just to get a couple more frames in warcraft isn't my priority, with an 18m old and another on the way lol. I wouldn't even be upgrading my system, if it wernt for the fact that this computer was all new tech when I bought it, and the system core is almost 3 years old if not more, and as long as it has lasted (in spite of or because of my underpowered psu, I'm not sure) it cant last much longer and I don't want to wait til she dies.
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