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SLI, is it as bad and as much hassle as they say? talking 2x gtx 760 2gb

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August 27, 2013 5:45:38 PM

IM going to run on my 720p 32 tv, build is gaming and photo editing, iv heard the sli horrors of micro stuttering and drivers, but is it that bad? Surely after this long it would be sorted?

i know 1x is often said best and one 760 should do my needs but in getting a refund for something so have another £300 odd to spend, the items on my list are already purchased so in not going to return the unopened 760 and get a 770 instead, iv had enough problems with postage and payments already sorry :/ .

also heard 2x 760s are like a titan.

my build so far:

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/cavemanpc/saved/24Cy

any help much appreciated because i like the idea of 2 cards lol
August 27, 2013 5:49:17 PM

Why do you need SLI to run 720p?
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August 27, 2013 5:49:21 PM

for that resolution, one 760 should be fine.
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August 27, 2013 5:50:02 PM

for that resolution, one 760 should be fine.
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August 27, 2013 5:51:14 PM

Nvidia cards dont mircosutter much at all (AMD are the ones responsable for this bad press on dual card setups) At 720p your single 760 will max everything in every way, two is massive overkill. Btw if it helps at all, I have an sli setup and know many ppl who use sli and there is almost no issues from using it.
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August 27, 2013 5:57:25 PM

daswilhelm said:
for that resolution, one 760 should be fine.


with AA, mx and all the other things turned up high? And on ultra? That's what in going for as a future proof ish build, and its my first and will have to last a couple of years in the ultra to high settings and max out the fps ( i know we can only see 30 fps but frame rate drops hurt my eyes :(  ) its in replacement of a xbox and at some point if i get the money I may invest in a 1080p :) 

thanks for your help so far
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August 27, 2013 6:00:41 PM

striker2237 said:
Nvidia cards dont mircosutter much at all (AMD are the ones responsable for this bad press on dual card setups) At 720p your single 760 will max everything in every way, two is massive overkill. Btw if it helps at all, I have an sli setup and know many ppl who use sli and there is almost no issues from using it.


thanks for reassurance, like i said i mean everything turned on? Its got to last a good couple of years running ultra to high, as i currently don't have a job its a build it and put up with it job, so as a future proof? :) 
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August 27, 2013 6:01:25 PM

720p is a low resolution, so don't need much power to run games on it. Same thing with photo editing it doesn't require a very powerful video card to be able to do it (unlike video editing).

A single GTX-760 will be more than enough for your needs. In a couple of years, if it starts to struggle running certain games, you can upgrade to another single card, let's say a GTX-960 when that will exists.

But I would avoid SLI if you can, not that it's a guarantee you will have problems with it, but it's still more risky than a single card. But the main argument as I said is that SLI is overkill for your needs. Worst case scenario since you just ordered the parts, it's not too late to modify your order or return/exchange an item. I'd go with a single GTX-770 instead if you really want something powerful. Although as I said a single GTX-760 is probably plenty enough for you.
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August 27, 2013 6:03:53 PM

one of my machines runs a 7770 (much weaker than a 760) on 720p and i run everything with settings jacked up, no problems. one 760 is enough.
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August 27, 2013 6:04:43 PM

byogamingpc said:
Everyone has given good advice. Just stick with a single GTX 760 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008V9959O/ref=as_li_q... A 720p TV is not good for PC gaming, if you want to spend more money then get a new monitor like the ASUS PB238Q http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00906GBBC/ref=as_li_q... You will see a bigger difference with one 760 and that monitor than with 2 760's and a low res TV which has terrible performance for PC gaming.


thanks, i know about the monitor but i cant be sitting starring at a smaller screen because i have epilepsy, and the tvs already there with an input etc, i don't mean that in an ignorant way i do thank you for your advice :) 
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August 27, 2013 6:11:36 PM

Also. Just throwing out there, the myth that we can only see / process 30 frames a second is utter BS. It stems from movies; that's roughly the fps (about 24) that's required for us to see frames as motion.

We can see/process WAY more than that. Anyone who's spent 5 minutes on a 120Hz monitor can tell you that.
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August 27, 2013 6:15:29 PM

DarkSable said:
Also. Just throwing out there, the myth that we can only see / process 30 frames a second is utter BS. It stems from movies; that's roughly the fps (about 24) that's required for us to see frames as motion.

We can see/process WAY more than that. Anyone who's spent 5 minutes on a 120Hz monitor can tell you that.


thanks for the heads up on that too, i think consoles onley do 30 fps don't they? Without derailing this thread by me asking
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August 27, 2013 6:32:29 PM

cavemantech said:
thanks for the heads up on that too, i think consoles onley do 30 fps don't they? Without derailing this thread by me asking


Correct. And most computer monitors display at 60Hz, which means games can display up to 60fps.
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August 27, 2013 6:34:43 PM

DarkSable said:
cavemantech said:
thanks for the heads up on that too, i think consoles onley do 30 fps don't they? Without derailing this thread by me asking


Correct. And most computer monitors display at 60Hz, which means games can display up to 60fps.


thanks :) 
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August 27, 2013 6:39:03 PM

byogamingpc said:
Everyone has given good advice. Just stick with a single GTX 760 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008V9959O/ref=as_li_q... A 720p TV is not good for PC gaming, if you want to spend more money then get a new monitor like the ASUS PB238Q http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00906GBBC/ref=as_li_q... You will see a bigger difference with one 760 and that monitor than with 2 760's and a low res TV which has terrible performance for PC gaming.


daswilhelm said:
one of my machines runs a 7770 (much weaker than a 760) on 720p and i run everything with settings jacked up, no problems. one 760 is enough.


thanks and to everyone else too, ill stay with one card and invest in a sound card as i like my music as best as i can even if onboard is good, and maybe some case mods :D 
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