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August 25, 2013 7:47:14 PM

Brief question. I'm looking for a graphics card for ~$75 USD to help add to the power of my GTX 560 Ti-based build. What are my options?

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August 25, 2013 7:56:30 PM

fernetekhd said:
Brief question. I'm looking for a graphics card for ~$75 USD to help add to the power of my GTX 560 Ti-based build. What are my options?


What do you mean "to help add to the power of my GTX 560 Ti-based build"? Are you talking about SLIing your 560 Ti with a cheaper card? If so, then that's not going to work because SLI only works for cards within the same family.
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August 25, 2013 8:11:54 PM

Deus Gladiorum said:
fernetekhd said:
Brief question. I'm looking for a graphics card for ~$75 USD to help add to the power of my GTX 560 Ti-based build. What are my options?


What do you mean "to help add to the power of my GTX 560 Ti-based build"? Are you talking about SLIing your 560 Ti with a cheaper card? If so, then that's not going to work because SLI only works for cards within the same family.


My apologies, I'm not very well versed in computer hardware. My simple thought process was that with some extra RAM and another GPU, the computer (or perhaps the graphics card itself) would be able to process graphics better. Quite apparently it's more complicated than that :S

Is adding another 560 Ti a good option then, as ur6 suggested?

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August 25, 2013 8:22:56 PM

yes sli is your only real option and you will get a solid 75% improvement. although you will still be limited by the amount of graphics ram you have since 2 1 gig cards still only have 1 gig to use. they do not add to each other. this just means that AA will not be able to be cranked up but overall fps will improve
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August 25, 2013 8:28:52 PM

fernetekhd said:
Deus Gladiorum said:
fernetekhd said:
Brief question. I'm looking for a graphics card for ~$75 USD to help add to the power of my GTX 560 Ti-based build. What are my options?


What do you mean "to help add to the power of my GTX 560 Ti-based build"? Are you talking about SLIing your 560 Ti with a cheaper card? If so, then that's not going to work because SLI only works for cards within the same family.


My apologies, I'm not very well versed in computer hardware. My simple thought process was that with some extra RAM and another GPU, the computer (or perhaps the graphics card itself) would be able to process graphics better. Quite apparently it's more complicated than that :S

Is adding another 560 Ti a good option then, as ur6 suggested?



That's interesting. First let me just explain what SLI is. SLI is just a connector designed by Nvidia (the same guys who made your GTX 560 Ti) to combine 2 graphics cards of the same type to basically make them work as 1 GPU which theoretically has far more power. However, there's typically a caveat to this: SLI, especially with older series graphics cards like your GTX 560 Ti, won't necessarily make your setup superbly powerful. It'll increase base frame rate, but then you get things like stuttering, plus there's a whole slew of other problems. More importantly for your circumstances though: GTX 560 Ti's are no longer manufactured and to buy another one (in good condition) can be overly pricey and sometimes cost as much as a more recent and more powerful graphics card. Additionally, if you're doing SLI chances are you need a new Power Supply Unit (PSU) to handle the required wattage.

TO SUMMARIZE: You're probably better off getting a newer GPU and replacing that 560 Ti. If you can afford to, the GTX 760 is a good increase in performance for $250. If not, try for something like a GTX 660.

EDIT: SORRY! I forgot what your budget was and that there are some cheap options on eBAY. If you can afford to for a good price I suppose, SLI might be a decent option but you'll still probably need a new PSU. What's your current one?
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August 25, 2013 8:31:18 PM

Deus Gladiorum said:
fernetekhd said:
Deus Gladiorum said:
fernetekhd said:
Brief question. I'm looking for a graphics card for ~$75 USD to help add to the power of my GTX 560 Ti-based build. What are my options?


What do you mean "to help add to the power of my GTX 560 Ti-based build"? Are you talking about SLIing your 560 Ti with a cheaper card? If so, then that's not going to work because SLI only works for cards within the same family.


My apologies, I'm not very well versed in computer hardware. My simple thought process was that with some extra RAM and another GPU, the computer (or perhaps the graphics card itself) would be able to process graphics better. Quite apparently it's more complicated than that :S

Is adding another 560 Ti a good option then, as ur6 suggested?



That's interesting. First let me just explain what SLI is. SLI is just a connector designed by Nvidia (the same guys who made your GTX 560 Ti) to combine 2 graphics cards of the same type to basically make them work as 1 GPU which theoretically has far more power. However, there's typically a caveat to this: SLI, especially with older series graphics cards like your GTX 560 Ti, won't necessarily make your setup superbly powerful. It'll increase base frame rate, but then you get things like stuttering, plus there's a whole slew of other problems. More importantly for your circumstances though: GTX 560 Ti's are no longer manufactured and to buy another one (in good condition) can be overly pricey and sometimes cost as much as a more recent and more powerful graphics card. Additionally, if you're doing SLI chances are you need a new Power Supply Unit (PSU) to handle the required wattage.

TO SUMMARIZE: You're probably better off getting a newer GPU and replacing that 560 Ti. If you can afford to, the GTX 760 is a good increase in performance for $250. If not, try for something like a GTX 660.


I guess I'll just wait (as I've been planning to) to do a full upgrade of my PC rather than just adding bits and pieces. Thanks everyone!
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August 25, 2013 8:37:25 PM

the 560 ti is a great card to SLI. there is little to no stuttering issue. If you can pick one up for 76 bucks do it. it will perform right inline with a new card

here is a review and this card scales phenomenally
http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/geforce_gtx_560_ti...
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