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So I've got a GTX260 and a spare PCI-E slot. What would be a good upgrade considering most of the time it'd be folding except for a couple hours per week when I'm gaming?
I'd like to make the 260 a secondary and upgrade (modestly and economically) to something for the primary gpu.
 

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gts 250 or gts 450 , gts 250 gets crazy ppd
 

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if u had a sli board, u could get a 2nd GTX 260 for sli and dominate al;l the games still max seettings, but u can only do xfire. a GTX 460 or 470 are cheap these days, and would be a good step-up from your current gpu.
 

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Anything Fermi, depending on your budget, get the highest model you can afford. You will likely need a bigger PSU if youre going to be folding on both GPUs, but a 465/470 can get 15k+ PPD on 1600shader, 480 gets even more. or 460, but i personally dont know what kind of PPD it gets.
 

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I'd say if you have the cash get a 460. That's where my GPU money will be going from now on.
Agreed. GTX 460 is awesomesauce.
 

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460 it is then.

I'm not worried about SLi -- plants and zombies runs fast enough.


Also, my PSU will handle both. I ran 2xGTX260s and this Quad OC'd to 3.8 on this psu. (well currently it's a HX620, the 610Silencer is RMA).
 

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Is the 1GB version worth the $30-80 more than the 768MB version? Or are there other factors?

for instance Zotac 768MB $155 after MIR
or MSI hawk 1GB $250

That's a huge difference in price for 1/4 GB gddr5.
There are other factors in that...

Zotac:
192-bit GDDR5

MSI:
256-bit GDDR5

The MSI also appears to be a Over clock version...

MSI: CPU - 780 MHz, Shader - 1560MHz

Zodac: CPU - 675MHz, Shader - 1350MHz...

SO you have more then 100 MHz faster CPU on the MSI, 210MHz faster on the Shader.... Better and more memory.

MSI would be like the Mercedes and Zotac being the Hyundai....

For folding CPU clock is not a big of factor is the Shader.... if you can get the Zotac to OC the shader to the 1560 on the lower Core then you should be able to do more. the MSI just has been already optimally OC (usually can push a little further, for Folding, drop the CPU clock and you can usually up the shader clock)
 

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I'm thinking though, that the gtx260 is 896MB... and I just increased my resolution from 1680x1050 to 1920x1080.

/ponders

Magus... thanks for breaking it down clearly... I think I'm gonna hold out for the 1GB versions. +rep
 

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So I've got a GTX260 and a spare PCI-E slot. What would be a good upgrade considering most of the time it'd be folding except for a couple hours per week when I'm gaming?
I'd like to make the 260 a secondary and upgrade (modestly and economically) to something for the primary gpu.
The GTX 460 786mb is only about $160, and gets about 60-80% more PPD than that 260, and consumes 10-20 watts less electricity.

I know that if a GF104-based 470/480 doesn't come out soon I'll be getting that card.
 

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The GTX 460 786mb is only about $160, and gets about 60-80% more PPD than that 260, and consumes 10-20 watts less electricity.

I know that if a GF104-based 470/480 doesn't come out soon I'll be getting that card.
For folding, the 460 is a no brainer. But I do game as well (on rare occasion) and I'm finding anecdotal experiences of the 768MB version being marginally better than a OC'd GTX260
 

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For folding, the 460 is a no brainer. But I do game as well (on rare occasion) and I'm finding anecdotal experiences of the 768MB version being marginally better than a OC'd GTX260
The 260 is still a very competent card for gaming. My 8800GTS 512s are still decent for gaming as well, and they're a year older than your 260. The 460 is probably only about 20-30% faster at the most than a 260, in most situations. The 460s do very well in SLI, so that leaves a cheap upgrade path for you later as well.
 
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