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Here are my current specs:

Asus striker II Formula 780i

Q6600 2.40 Ghz

4 gig Ocz 800 mhz

Xfx 8800gtx

Seagate barracuda raid 0 - 1tb

Vista 32-bit ultimate

Samsung LCD monitor 22’’ - 2ms

Power supply 1000w

I am considering going for evga gtx 285 or 295 , but i think I will need a better cpu and upgrade to some better 1066 memory.

On the other hand I was thinking for sli with 280 or 260.

What should I do to get the best perfromance for gaming?
What should be better for my current system?

I am playing Crysis and i want to get a smooth frame with a very high detail.
 

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you might be better overclocking that q6600 to 3.2ghz and going with a 260.
if not you could go back to a dual core and get hold of a E8500 and overclocking that to 4ghz and the getting a 280.

i know that most games are still dual core so im sticking with dual core myself for the time being.
 

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At 1680x1050, a single GTX285 will be more than sufficient. If you want to go higher then get a GTX295.
 

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i am not concerned to buy a big monitor, if i 'll upgrade my monitor the max is to buy a 24' .. is bigger resolution make such a big difference? i am very confused for the monitor i don't want to through away so much money for a monitor it's simply don't worth it... want only to know what is the best for my current system .i concerned to buy evga 285 ssc and put water cooling system THERMALTAKE BIG WATER 780E in order to overclocked my system is it a good choice?
 

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I voted for a single gtx285 because I'm not a huge fan of sli and the gtx295 is just fail imo.
 

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The GTX295 is great, if you've got the money. Depending on your specific CPU, you could feasibly OC to around 3.2 Ghz, maybe more. The Asus Striker is a nice motherboard, but Nvidia chipsets typically don't OC well, though some are known to be FSB clockers, which is good if you're a beginner. Just up the FSB until you get your max stable OC. As for a monitor, the GTX295 will really shine on a monitor with a 1920x1200 res. And yes, a large widescreen monitor is totally worth it for gaming. I couldn't live without one.
 

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1) Overclock your CPU...you will get a nice gain, not only in games, but in everything else too. Depending on what RAM you have, you're probably okay with what you have, but if you feel the need to upgrade, 2x2GB RAM kits are cheap now-a-days.

2) If you're set on that resolution, stick with the GTX285.

3) Thermaltake water cooling sucks. Put your own system together. It's easy, usually cheaper, and much better quality components. Just head on over to the water cooling forum for some help.

4) Welcome to OCN
 

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You may also want to consider switching to 64bit Vista also.Any 1 of those cards are going to eat up your memory map.

I vote for GTX285.Buy 1 now and when prices come down you can buy another or if money isn't a problem then SLI 285s
 

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Please tell me guys . What is better ? sli 260 or single 285 . I am not planing to change monitor and if i do i don not spend money for 30'' monitor it too expensive, the most i can get is full HD 24'' MONITOR and that it will happen when i sell my 8800 gtx and look after for my budget . I want very smooth graphic and best performance on games general AND i want to can enable the antialiasing mode very high details, also I want and good performance on Crysis.
I am planing to pas until the next year when new graphic cards gtx 300 with direct 11 on ddr5 coming. Please correct me if i SAY something wrong. Any way first i understand i must OC my cpu and i am going to do it with a good water cooling system . What else i must to do? .. i have the budget for sli 260 and 285. What is the best to do? I am not interest for ATI . I am always support Nvidia. What would be the best for my monitor? :blink:
It is very good on 1680 - 1050 resolution , 3000:1 dynamic contrast and 2ms r.t

Please help me to decide what is the best
 

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a single GTX 285 should be fine, and you can add another later.

by the way, go into your user CP, and theb fill in your rig's specs. that, and welcome to the boards
 

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I would go with a Single GTX285 and you can pick up more cards down the road for TRI-SLI which perform better right now over Dual GTX295 & 4870x2.
 

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A single GTX 285 is more than enough to handle Crysis fine.
 

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Originally Posted by jipris19 View Post
Please tell me guys . What is better ? sli 260 or single 285 . I am not planing to change monitor and if i do i don not spend money for 30'' monitor it too expensive, the most i can get is full HD 24'' MONITOR and that it will happen when i sell my 8800 gtx and look after for my budget . I want very smooth graphic and best performance on games general AND i want to can enable the antialiasing mode very high details, also I want and good performance on Crysis.
I am planing to pas until the next year when new graphic cards gtx 300 with direct 11 on ddr5 coming. Please correct me if i SAY something wrong. Any way first i understand i must OC my cpu and i am going to do it with a good water cooling system . What else i must to do? .. i have the budget for sli 260 and 285. What is the best to do? I am not interest for ATI . I am always support Nvidia. What would be the best for my monitor? :blink:
It is very good on 1680 - 1050 resolution , 3000:1 dynamic contrast and 2ms r.t

Please help me to decide what is the best
The GTX260 SLI is going to be FASTER than a single GTX285. HOWEVER, the single GTX285 is enough for the resolution that you want to game at. Plus, if you ever need to upgrade again, you can throw another GTX285 into the mix for SLI, which will be more than enough for any game for a long time. SLI GTX285's in the future or GTX260's in SLI right now...that's your call, but I would go with the GTX285.
 
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