First of all, OCZs aren't very good PSUs (for the most part, at least) so I'd rule that one out.
You should be able to run 2 GTX285s on that PSU (assuming 175w per card + 125w for the CPU & 75w for everything else) but it would be closer than I would like to run for a long-term period of time...
Well, I think that from their experience you'd be very happy with them :)
I must say I'm quite happy with my GTS450, I OCed it to 925/1850 (stock mem ATM) instantly, and it's been rock stable so far. Pulls between 8 and 14k PPD in FAH (611 & 9XX PT WUs, respectively)
Go for a 1GB GTX460. It'll smoke a GTS450, your 9800GTX+, a HD5770, it's a bit faster than a HD5830 and about on par with a GTX465 (and runs cooler & uses far less power).
IMO the GTX460 is the mid-range king ATM, cool, quiet, low power usage, and very good performance for not a lot of money
$130. Cheapest GTS450 on NE without a MIR, decided that I would rather get something that's $130 without a rebate than something that's $140 and hoping for a $20 MIR.
@ Staypuft: BR? And thank you for your helpful & constructive comments :)
If the perf/$ is the same as a GTX460 that's amazing!!!
Really a shame that I couldn't have gone with a GTX460, but that wasn't going to be possible, and I always have the option of SLI down the road for a very reasonable price
Well, it does what I need. I haven't ever run into issues with only a limited amount of RAM (with what I normally do, memory usage doesn't go much above 1GB). And I have the i7 OCed because I run WCG, and the SSD because after reading how fast they were, I decided that it would be a good...
Well it's a shame that it's going to be that much slower, most of the reviews I found placed the TOP version (I'm hopeful that I'll be able to get TOP clocks) right around the HD5770, which is right around my GTX260. I guess I'll see when it gets here, and I guess I could always get a 2nd...
How much slower is it than a GTX260? And when OCed is it roughly the same? I have a 192SP GTX260 that, even OCed, is about on par with a standard GTX260, it came from Dell with lower-than-stock clocks :(
I looked at GTX460s, but I couldn't find one, except for EVGA's B-Stock one w/ a 90 day warranty, for under $150 shipped before rebate. I really would have liked to get a GTX460 768MB (after rebate, there was a Zotac one for $145), but I couldn't go over $150 BR. Parental restrictions :(
So I just got an Asus GTS450 DirectCU as a replacement for my dying GTX260. Was this a good choice for the price? I really, really don't like ATI and all I had to spend was $150 before rebate.
What sort of clocks should I be able to get (OVing perfectly acceptable)?