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Old 08-08-08, 05:27 PM   #1
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Question 1680x1050: SLI 260GTX ir single 280GTX?

Here is the question...

My maximum resolution (native LCD rez.) is 1680x1050 @ 20". Now given that, I am wondering which will give me the best bang for the buck? Is a single 280GTX going to be enough, or will 2x 260GTXs in SLI going to be the way to go as far as $ per performance ratios go? I am basically looking to run today's and tomorrow's games at ~ a 60FPS average with AA turned on (and obviously running at my screens native resolution).

Before, I was going to go with a single 260 to start, but with the recent price drops and the future drops in store after the 55nm 200GTX releases, the 280GTX has become quite available price wise... as well as buying multiple 260s for an SLI set up.

So I am just trying to get a basis on what will work for my specific application while giving me the performance which I require... all while keeping cost to a minimum. Any advise/suggestions will be appreciated.


Ultra M998 mid-ATX case
SilenX 650W 14dB SLI Power Supply Unit
Nvidia/EVGA 780i tri-SLi motherboard
Intel Q6600 quad core @ 3.4GHz (3.6 for benchmarking)
2GB OCZ ReaperX HPC Edition PC9200 DDR2 RAM (2x1GB)
2x EVGA 9600GT SC in SLI (750/1100Mhz over-clock)
2x WD Raptor HDD (1x 36GB; 1x 74GB)
Samsung Spinpoint HDD (250GB)
Thermalright TRUE-120 w/ dual 120mm fans in push-pull config.
Windows Vista Home Professional w/ SP1 (32-bit)
Samsung SyncMaster 206BW 20" LCD display (1680x1050)

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