Originally Posted by Sowk
Not sure why you want to upgrade from the GTX295...
But a GTX480 may be the best choice for you.
Just make sure you can live with the noise level and have good side cooling fan on the side of your case.
Your CPU would be a better place to spend the money.
I like hearing your opinion that a GTX295 owner might decide to get a GTX480, Sowk.
And the noise level can't be a problem because I have two or more PCs running all the time and the sounds they make cancel each other out. In other words, a single computer is louder than two or three.
I'm getting an HAF-932 made by Cooler Master for the comfort that knowing everything will be fully cooled, will bring. The fans are awesome and it is much less expensive than Water cooling a single video card.
And getting an i7-920 or 930 will be simple. But after I test the GTX480 on my existing LGA775-E8400, first. I know everything works perfect on it. I'll have my old GTX295 for a backup card to test and diagnose with and or use if an RMA ever occurs.