Classified Adverts Thread, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 GPU in Purchasing and Trading; Due to being unable to afford a full system overhaul, I'm looking to add a second GPU to boost performance ...
9th August 2012, 09:36 AM #1
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 GPU
Due to being unable to afford a full system overhaul, I'm looking to add a second GPU to boost performance for a bit longer. If anyone has one for sale, please PM me.
Last edited by Rawns; 9th August 2012 at 09:39 AM.
30th August 2012, 10:14 AM #2
Any reason it's that card in particular? If you're doubling up for SLI then fine, but for the price of a used 280 you could probably pick up a newer midrange card (a GTX560 for example) which will be just as fast but add extra shiny bits like HDMI and DirectX 11.
30th August 2012, 10:47 AM #3
30th August 2012, 11:15 AM #4
A new GPU will get you more performance in games, but a new CPU will get you more performance everywhere.
Have a look at this article. It's a bit old, but not a huge amount has changed and it shows that even a modern budget dual core is quick enough for most of us.
There are also a number of issues with SLI depending what games you play and whether or not Nvidia has deemed your favourite game worthy of a profile in the drivers. Sometimes you get almost double the framerate with two cards, and sometimes you actually take a performance hit... Whacky stuff.
30th August 2012, 11:36 AM #5
Thanks for the info. Interesting read.
Been having a look at Cyber Power System's website at some of their pre-build setups and they have some nice PC's there for a good price. Think I may have to look at selling mine and upgrade that way.
30th August 2012, 12:37 PM #6
You should really get an identical card with identical firmware otherwise you can have problems if using SLI
30th August 2012, 12:59 PM #7
Thanks for the head's up. Think I may forget SLI then and look into a more affordable upgrade later in the year then.
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