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Upgrading current build to GTX 680 FTW+ SLI; what needs upgraded?

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April 30, 2013 9:07:48 PM

Hello, all!

I'm looking to upgrade from a single 4GB EVGA GTX 680 FTW+ to a dual-SLI setup.

However, when I put my current build together (PCPartPicker list), I didn't do it with SLI in mind; it's been more of a recent decision.

Approximate purchase date: June-> July, but I could see holding out for Black Friday in November
Budget range: Ideally, less than $1000.
System usage: Graphic-intensive gaming
Overclocking: Maybe (I'd like the option, but I'm not comfortable with it at the moment)
Why Am I Upgrading?: Everyone has a passion, and this is mine. This computer has truly made me happy, and I want to continue to improve it, even beyond what I might use it for.

I've asked around, and different sources have recommended upgrading the following:

(Potential) Parts to upgrade


  • Preferred websites: Amazon.com, Newegg, and MicroCenter (I'm near a local store)

    Although I am prepared to spend whatever it will take to make the SLI setup work, I don't want to upgrade if I don't have to.

    My question is: do I need to upgrade all 3 of those parts, or, as a friend suggested, can I just upgrade the motherboard (and maybe PSU)? I'll also gladly accept suggestions for hardware other than the options listed above.

    Thank you for your time!
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    a c 107 Ĉ ASUS
    April 30, 2013 9:18:12 PM

    nVidia wants 550 watts for the system and 1 card, + 195 for the 2nd....that's 745 watts.
    http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gt...

    I usually put in an HX850 for twin 680s, and then put a nice OC on them.

    Your existing MoBo will do SLI

    The 500R and HX850 is nice combo deal.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

    $290 MSRP - $20 newegg discount - $30 in MIR's - $20 off w/ promo code EMCXSTX32, ends 5/6 for PSU and -$12 (10%) off w/ promo code CORCASE10, ends 5/2 = $202
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    April 30, 2013 9:24:30 PM

    JackNaylorPE said:
    nVidia wants 550 watts for the system and 1 card, + 195 for the 2nd....that's 745 watts.
    http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gt...

    I usually put in an HX850 for twin 680s, and then put a nice OC on them.

    Your existing MoBo will do SLI

    The 500R and HX850 is nice combo deal.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

    $290 MSRP - $20 newegg discount - $30 in MIR's - $20 off w/ promo code EMCXSTX32, ends 5/6 for PSU and -$12 (10%) off w/ promo code CORCASE10, ends 5/2 = $202


    That's absolutely incredible! Thank you so much for your help!

    *edit* Apparently, I can't add the promo codes; I receive this error:
    Quote:
    The promo code EMCXSTX32 cannot be combined with combo deals or gift items attached to products.
    The promo code CORCASE10 cannot be combined with combo deals or gift items attached to products.


    Still, I think I'll go with this deal; it seems pretty reasonable.
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