Graphics Card Questions

My PC has an Asus M4A88T-M/USB3 motherboard, ENGTX560 TI 448 DC2 GeForce GTX TI 1.2GB PCI-E w/ Dual DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort graphics card, 8GB of RAM, AMD Phenom II X2 560 Processor 3.30GHz and 600W power supply. I have a BenQ
GL2030 20in Widescreen LED LCD monitor and I'm thinking of getting another one. My questions are:

Would 2 GTX 560 TI's be overboard?

Would I need another motherboard if I do get another monitor?

Any input would be greatly appreciated and recommendations would be great too.

Thanks.
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  1. your motherboard only has 1 pci-e x16 slot; you need another motherboard.
    http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3/M4A88TMUSB3/#specifications

    and then we can talk about that cpu . . .
  2. Ok, what motherboard would you recommend then?
  3. habsfreak said:
    Ok, what motherboard would you recommend then?

    MSI 970A-G46 AM3+ AMD 970 $89.99
    actually i think iam backwards and instead of getting another 56ti448, which is very expensive now, you wouldb e better off upgrading the cpu to:
    AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz $119.99
    or atleast:
    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Deneb 3.2GHz $99.99
    both are supported by that motherboard:
    http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3/M4A88TMUSB3/#CPUS

    what make wattage of PSU do you have?
  4. http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX32274 This is what I got for my power supply.
  5. ^ok that will do great.
    i believe you will see a performance difference while gaming by upgrading your CPU.
    it will not be "cost effective" to upgrade that motherboard and get another clostly 560ti448 to SLI while you have a PIIx2
    a motherboard i suggested PCI Express 2 (x16, x8) <--- what you need to SLI
    and add in a PIIx4 955 because really a dual core just won't make it; so before you even get another 560ti448 that is going to cost $190. the cheapest 560ti448 i found was:
    GIGABYTE GV-N560448-13I GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 448 Cores $269.99
    $249.99 after mail-in rebate card

    for a total of $440

    now you may forgo the CPU now and see how bad the system bottlenecks with picking up the mobo and 560ti448. which will make it $340.
  6. So just upgrade my CPU and it should run pretty good?
    No new graphics card and motherboard?
  7. getting a better cpu will help.
    here is a test: monitor your GPU and CPU while you game. if the CPU is at or close to 100% load and the GPU is around ~60% your CPU is holding back your card.
  8. Are you able to unlock the additional cores ?
    555 and 560 BE's have been pretty good about unlocking on even basic motherboards supporting the function
  9. Spentshells, how would I go about doing that?
  10. Mobo ?
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