Posted 06 September 2009 - 05:54 PM
your Geforce 9000 series is basically just your 8000 series just updated, your 9800 is basically your 8800 with a few more tweaks. the 260 is a newer, better architecture, however, and probably the better single card. In all reality, what I would do if I had the SLI motherboard (im a crossfire/ATI fan myself but if I was) I would purchase the GTX 260. I would still have room to add another later. Its a newer card, and the 2 9800s would give you slightly better performance in some areas, especially games like crysis which is designed to dual video cards, but with most software these days, like movie watching or even most games, a single 260 will handle just fine, in fact with some applications, work better then dual video cards. Dual video cards really only boost your gaming performance if the game is designed to work with dual cards, otherwise they can actually be a hinderance because they take away some of the CPU power. But, personally, the 260 is a better card, newer technology, I would buy that for now, and then if you decide that its not enough power you can add another 260 later on. It would probably be cheaper this way to, because if you bought 2 9800s, and decided they wernt powerful enough then youd have to buy 2 260s on top of the 2 9800s you already bought. :D
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