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Does AMD + SLI Make Sense?

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August 11, 2010 4:41:45 PM

Hello,

I am heavily leaning toward ending with 2 EVGA GTX 460 1GB's in SLI config as a GPU setup in a new PC.

Given this- do you think it makes more sense for me to go with a P55 SLI board, or try to find a decent AMD SLI board?

I hate that LGA 1156 is being put down, but realistically- a decent i5-750 setup may last long enough to skip the 1155 socket altogether, and it sounds like a marginal step up anyways....

So, the ever present, should I go with AMD for such a setup- or stick to the i5-750? I'm leaning toward Intel atm, but if I can get a good AMD SLI board recommended for around the same price as the P55 setup I'll jump. Problem atm is that all of the AMD SLI boards I'm seeing are outpricing their P55 counterparts, which is no good for saving $$ (which is the whole reason to consider an AMD anyways, when it is pretty universal that i5-750 is at least slightly better than x4 955 or Thuban)

This is for a gaming setup.

Thoughts?

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August 11, 2010 4:43:40 PM

not really, go with AMD and ATi

and the i5-750/760 are good if you are just gaming ;) 
DO NOT GET SLI FIRST, get the GTX480 (equals two GTX460s) and then add another it is a WASTE OF MONEY to get sli first,
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August 11, 2010 4:49:13 PM

I won't start with SLI, I'll be going with a single GTX 460 1GB, then grab another when a deal comes along in a year or so.

I'd like to avoid the ATI possiblity altogether, as I've got enough variables in the mix- and consensus reports that the 460 is indeed a great card at the price.

So, stick to Intel then?

I'm looking at this combo for board+RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Seems pretty legit.
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August 11, 2010 4:49:29 PM

nVidia chipsets have always been a little spotty with AMD CPUs, if you want SLI options i definitely suggest the LGA 1156 option with an i5 760. Two GTX 460s will do better than a GTX 480 for less, but also leaves you no upgrade options for better graphics performance in the future.
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August 11, 2010 5:06:59 PM

Mr Pizza said:
not really, go with AMD and ATi

and the i5-750/760 are good if you are just gaming ;) 
DO NOT GET SLI FIRST, get the GTX480 (equals two GTX460s) and then add another it is a WASTE OF MONEY to get sli first,


NOOOOnoooonooooo a 480 gets destroyed by dual 460s. An overclocked 460 can even get within 80percent of 480 performance.
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August 11, 2010 5:13:19 PM

Somebody_007 said:
NOOOOnoooonooooo a 480 gets destroyed by dual 460s. An overclocked 460 can even get within 80percent of 480 performance.

I forgot to say pretty much :p  at stock it runs just a little better, its not like your running a gtx 995 ;) 
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