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Old 11-12-2012, 02:59 PM   #141
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How does $500 shipped sound?
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Old 11-12-2012, 03:20 PM   #142
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Don't want to pop your bubble or anything.

But i was looking for $300 or less shipped.

Or i'll just go. Newegg.com - EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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i'd sell ya two GTX 550tis for 180 shipped
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192bit. =(
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Old 11-12-2012, 03:38 PM   #145
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Yeah, that's the one I was going to order two of and then re-sell to you for $100 markup.


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Whaddyall think about this: Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme GTX Pro VGA Cooler Nvidina GTX285 GTX280 GTX260 | eBay

$53 shipped for a NOS "big ole' heatpipes and fans" aftermarket cooler for my old GTX 280 (same as this one),


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Twice as much money for a new Radeon HD7770 which will have double the performance of my GTX280, and will maybe be able to cool itself without spending an additional $100 on an aftermarket cooling solution,


VERSUS


Continue to be a cheapskate, buy nothing at all, and be content with the fact that the software solution which EO2K hooked me up with seems to be getting the job done.
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Do nothing. Bank the money, with the expectation that you'll spend some big bucks when it's time to upgrade.

Hey, I'm all about simple.
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Old 11-12-2012, 04:27 PM   #147
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Do nothing. Bank the money, with the expectation of spending that $100 for a middle-of-the-line budget card like in step b when it's time to upgrade. I like having a powerful video card. But at some point it's just a dick swinging contest.
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:48 PM   #148
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C'mon, you guys know me better than that.

Three years from now I'm just going to be whining about not wanting to spend $100 (or whatever amount of gold-based, non-Federal Reserve currency is equivalent to it after the crippling deflationary spiral) on a new video card, tapping my foot impatiently and waiting for the Video Card Fairy to drop a used GTX680 in my lap.
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:52 PM   #149
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Sidebar:

While searching for the name of a video card to flippantly mention in that last post, I went to NewEgg to see what the most expensive video cards on the market today are.

And I saw this: Newegg.com - EVGA Signature 04G-P4-2692-KR GeForce GTX 690 4GB 512-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Are you ******* kidding me? $1,050 for a video card that people are using TO PLAY GAMES? And it supports SLI, so that for a mere $2,100 you can buy TWO OF THEM?

For that price, I expect the president of nVidia's daughter to give me a blow job while a team of factory-trained engineers installs and configures it in my PC.

Who the hell is actually buying these things?
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Sidebar:

While searching for the name of a video card to flippantly mention in that last post, I went to NewEgg to see what the most expensive video cards on the market today are.

And I saw this: Newegg.com - EVGA Signature 04G-P4-2692-KR GeForce GTX 690 4GB 512-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Are you ******* kidding me? $1,050 for a video card that people are using TO PLAY GAMES? And it supports SLI, so that for a mere $2,100 you can buy TWO OF THEM?

For that price, I expect the president of nVidia's daughter to give me a blow job while a team of factory-trained engineers installs and configures it in my PC.

Who the hell is actually buying these things?
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:16 PM   #151
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Yeah, that's the one I was going to order two of and then re-sell to you for $100 markup.


Unrelated:

Whaddyall think about this: Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme GTX Pro VGA Cooler Nvidina GTX285 GTX280 GTX260 | eBay

$53 shipped for a NOS "big ole' heatpipes and fans" aftermarket cooler for my old GTX 280 (same as this one),


VERSUS


Twice as much money for a new Radeon HD7770 which will have double the performance of my GTX280, and will maybe be able to cool itself without spending an additional $100 on an aftermarket cooling solution,


VERSUS


Continue to be a cheapskate, buy nothing at all, and be content with the fact that the software solution which EO2K hooked me up with seems to be getting the job done.
just be teh cheapskate, those fans arent worth it, you'd still have to max em' to get lower than 58c.
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:38 PM   #152
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Maybe I'll just pop the cover off, amputate the tiny little fan that it came with, and rig some ducting to a much larger fan mounted in the side of the case.

Thing is, I can't find a picture anywhere on the whole wide internet of what the top surface (fan-side) of the stock heatsink actually looks like. Plenty of pictures of the backside of it, and of the circuit board once it's been removed, but absolutely nothing at all of what's located immediately below the outer plastic cover. They all treat the heatsink and plastic cover as though they were a monolithic entity.
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I've always been afraid of buying the $1000 video card... I mean, you need a $10,000 system just to keep up with the card.
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:13 PM   #154
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Maybe I'll just pop the cover off, amputate the tiny little fan that it came with, and rig some ducting to a much larger fan mounted in the side of the case.

Thing is, I can't find a picture anywhere on the whole wide internet of what the top surface (fan-side) of the stock heatsink actually looks like. Plenty of pictures of the backside of it, and of the circuit board once it's been removed, but absolutely nothing at all of what's located immediately below the outer plastic cover. They all treat the heatsink and plastic cover as though they were a monolithic entity.
I've personally seen a GTX280, and I guarantee you its a blan looking heat sink construction of copper heat pipe, stainless steel and aluminum.

This is an image from a solder reflow instruction thread.
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:45 PM   #155
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Well that looks pretty straightforward. Get rid of the plastic cover, ditch the squirrel-cage, strap a pair of 80mm muffin fans directly to the radiator, attach a bit of FedEx box to roughly duct their input to the rear and side of the case, and profit.
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:54 AM   #156
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GTX 690 has 2 Kepler GPU dies on one PCB. It's the equivalent of 2 gtx 680's (at a slightly lower stock clock speed) on one board. They're nice to use in miniature lan rigs that require a ton of horsepower.

As for SLI 690s... there are monitor setups that will push the limits of 3-4 gtx 680s. For some people it's necessary.
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GTX 690 has 2 Kepler GPU dies on one PCB. It's the equivalent of 2 gtx 680's (at a slightly lower stock clock speed) on one board. They're nice to use in miniature lan rigs that require a ton of horsepower.

As for SLI 690s... there are monitor setups that will push the limits of 3-4 gtx 680s. For some people it's necessary.
nothing in the gaming and graphics world is "necessary"
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I was just thinking the same thing- that Gerg and I seem to have fundamentally different understandings of the meaning of the word "necessary."


Incidentally, what is a "miniature lan rig that requires a ton of horsepower"? Are you doing brute-force cryptanalysis for the NSA in your spare time?
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Necessary to drive games at extreme resolutions (4320x2560 or 5760x1080 etc) at playable fps (60 or 120fps)

And for some people, it really is necessary. Some people will not be happy gaming unless they can play at ridiculous resolutions at high frame rates. I know I'm not satisfied unless I can max all of my games at 1440p w/ 60fps.
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Necessary to drive games at extreme resolutions (4320x2560 or 5760x1080 etc) at playable fps (60 or 120fps)

And for some people, it really is necessary. I know I'm not satisfied unless I can max all of my games at 1440p w/ 60fps.
And I'm not satisfied unless I get a ******* from Grace Park every morning and Katee Sackhoff every night.

But it's not lupus.

It's never lupus.

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