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March 16, 2014 8:31:41 PM

I'm looking to boost the computer, not sure what the best next-move would be. Mostly for gaming, a very small amount of coding. Also curious about doing dual graphics cards, or if it'd be better to just upgrade the one. My system currently is:

Asus P8Z77-V Pro Motherboard
Nvidia GTX 660 Ti
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4 GHz Quad Core
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)
Corsair HX 750 Power Supply

I haven't upgraded to SSD yet, have 2-750GB and 1-1TB. Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated!

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a c 280 4 Gaming
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March 16, 2014 8:33:58 PM

Get another 660ti. Best option by far.
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March 16, 2014 9:10:52 PM

Have you ran dual graphics before in your rigs? If so, have you ever experienced stuttering?
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a c 280 4 Gaming
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March 16, 2014 9:13:30 PM

Irishsullie said:
Have you ran dual graphics before in your rigs? If so, have you ever experienced stuttering?


I personally haven't but I know some people that have. It's pretty smooth when gaming and 660ti sli should come close to a 780.
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March 16, 2014 9:18:59 PM

I have used two 660ti's and I have had no stuttering at all. It is mainly an AMD issue.

The 660ti's have a small memory bandwidth issue but as long as you have 2gb cards, and not 3gb cards you should be fine. The will perform VERY well together. As RazerZ stated, more or less like a gtx780 in most situations.
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March 16, 2014 9:30:03 PM

Should I worry about extra cooling? I don't have anything crazy in my rig now, just 3 fans.

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a c 466 4 Gaming
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March 16, 2014 9:34:56 PM

No, 3 fans will be plenty. No problem at all.
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March 16, 2014 9:36:27 PM

Also does the 2nd graphics card need to be an MSI model or can it be ASUS/EVGA, as long as its the GTX 660Ti?
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a c 466 4 Gaming
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March 16, 2014 9:37:14 PM

ANY 660ti can be used. Brand does not matter.
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March 16, 2014 9:40:04 PM

Sounds good, thanks for the help. Now to see if I can even find any cheaper than what I bought it for initially....

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a c 466 4 Gaming
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March 16, 2014 9:41:59 PM

You should be able to get a used one for around $200-$220 on Amazon or Ebay. Possibly less.

You just have to be patient and get lucky. I bought a 660ti from Ebay that was "defective". It was artifacting and being sold "as-is" as broken. I was able to see the manufacturer serial number sticker and I bought the card for $80 on the chance it might still be in warranty. Well, it was and I RMA'd it through EVGA and got myself a brand new 660ti for $80 and 2 weeks of my time.
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