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    Bought card already. Thanks for the replies.

    I am looking to purchase a video card for my pc. I am looking at buying this card.

    What do you guys think about it or can you recommend one. I have 2 PCI E and 2 PCI slots that are not being used.

    My pc specs are:

    OS: Windows 7 64
    CPU: Intel Pentium Dual Core E2180 2Ghz
    Motherboard: XFX nForce 680i LT SLI Socket 775
    Memory: 6 GB OCZ Platinum Rev 2 2048MB PC6400 DDR2
    Video: XFX GeForce 8600 GT XXX 256MB (looking to replace this card since it is no longer working)
    PSU: Ultra 750w X2 Power Supply
    Storage: Seagate 250GB SATA
    Monitor: 19" Samsung 931B
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    Very nice Card that is....

    i would either get 2 of these and buy a SLI bridge and SLI them... But i noticed the Core Speed on this card is alittle slow @ 550MHZ

    This card = Newegg.com - EVGA 512-P3-1140-TR GeForce GTS 250 512MB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
    Even though it has less GPU Memory if you SLI two of these together then you overperformance will be better... - -

    My Specs are below in the TXT file - - - - i can run MassEffect2 on high graphics and there is no lag time, so im happy with my GPU....

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    Yeah I was thinking about buying one for now. I plan to hook it to my 32" LCD tv and one to my monitor. Might go for the one you suggested.

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    Always been an ATI fanboy myself as Nvidia cards always seem over priced to me.

    The GTS 250 is comparable to the ATI 4850 in speed, yet the 4850 is around 30-40% cheaper than the GTS250.

    You can get a 4870 for around the same price as a 250, and it would be a little faster. The Sapphire Vapor-x variants are among the quietest 4870s.
    Not really doing much Wii stuff these days.

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    Well the reason I didn't go with ATI was since my motherboard is SLI ready and don't know how easy it would be to use Crossfire on it.

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    Never thought about SLI or Crossfire as my previous was an aged AGP card. Was quite some time since my last upgrade.

    Is it better to buy one powerful card or two less powerful cards and join them?

    One benefit for Nvidia is the built in PhysX support and that is a little attractive but not life changing.
    Not really doing much Wii stuff these days.

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    Yeah I had thought about buying one card but it easier to get away with buying one today and then another card later on than splurging 300 dollars on one card.

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    Tealc, depends on how much slower the cards are. Just one powerful card can do most of what you need. But two slightly less powerfull cards bridged together will out-do the 1x powerful card, as it is splitting up the processing between 2 gpus [sometimes 4 gpus depending on the card] than just the 1gpu [or 2 gpus depending on the card again].

    This card is a monster though:Radeon 5870 just look at the jump from the 4890 to this 5870
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    Yes and has a huge price to match. I quite like the idea of the lower power consumption though, my 4890 must be gobbling up the watts even when sitting idle drawing my desktop, which it does most of the time.
    Not really doing much Wii stuff these days.

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