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GIGABYTE GTX 650 Ti 2GB 2-way SLI or SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7950 3GB for budget build

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June 9, 2013 5:57:55 PM

Hey guys! I really need your help on this one. At first, I was looking at the Sapphire 100352-3L Radeon 7950 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...), but then discovered that a 2-way SLI GIGABYTE GV-N65TOC-2GI GTX 650 Ti 2GB (http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...) would be around the same price, and both fit into my budget.

PS: I wanna do some moderate overclocking, nothing too extreme (eg: 7970 performance on the 7950, etc.). Also, if I have to, I'll upgrade my PSU. I don't know what games I'll be playing 'cause right now I can't play much...

What offers the best overall performance? Does the SLI configuration have better performance than the Radeon? And are the games included with the Radeon worth it? Thanks for the help!
June 9, 2013 6:14:04 PM

Tough call. I wonder if there are any comparisons out there? Although I run SLI now, I have always recommended buying the single fastest gpu you can afford. They just flat out work better with more games. You didn't say what psu you have? A Seasonic 620w modular psu is totally solid and will run either of those and more. They make the best on the market.
June 9, 2013 6:30:06 PM

maestro0428 said:
Tough call. I wonder if there are any comparisons out there? Although I run SLI now, I have always recommended buying the single fastest gpu you can afford. They just flat out work better with more games. You didn't say what psu you have? A Seasonic 620w modular psu is totally solid and will run either of those and more. They make the best on the market.


Likely getting this PSU: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Or this one: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
I wanted gold efficiency :) 
I looked around and found this: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_6... which kinda recommends the SLI, and I found this too: http://www.techspot.com/review/661-nvidia-geforce-gtx-6...

Any help is still appreciated.
June 9, 2013 8:43:54 PM

Seasonic does make platinum efficient psus and they are the best of the best. Corsairs and XFXs best psus....made by Seasonic. I install them in every workstation I sell, my main workstation and my folding@home machines. Not a single issue.

In SLI, it looks like its the way to go for games that support it. MultiGpu setups can be a real bear sometimes to setup. My newest set went so great, I almost forgot about all of the terrible multi gpu setups I have run. Sometimes games don't support it and you are stuck with the power of one gpu. You usually need to wait for SLI drivers to come out for the newest games. If you like to tinker with your kit and software, I say go for it. If you just want something that always works, go with a single gpu.
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