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October 28, 2010 9:22:51 PM

Hi, for my new build, I'm not sure if i should get a single gts 450 FPB or two 9800gt's in SLI. Im mostly going to be playing dx10 games so which one would outperform the other?

Specs are:

Intel corei3 530 at 2.93ghz, 4mb cache

EVGA 120-LF-E651-TR EVGA P55

Corsair XMS3 Classic 3GB (3x1G) DDR3 1333MHz CL9 DIMM

Cooler Master Elite 310 Blue Mid Tower Case (RC-310-BWN1-GP)

Ultra LSP550 550-Watt Power Supply - ATX, SATA-Ready, SLI-Ready

EVGA 01G-P3-1450-TR GeForce GTS 450 FPB Video Card

EVGA 512-P3-N987-TR GeForce 9800 GT Video Card - 512MB
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October 28, 2010 9:25:42 PM



Based on this chart, I'm going to say two 9800GT's in SLI will be faster:
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October 28, 2010 10:39:10 PM

more examples and comparisons please, but so far sounds good :) 
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October 29, 2010 3:29:36 AM

A single GTS 450 is generally a little slower than a 5770 while two 9800GTs in SLI are significantly faster, generally. Go back to the 2009 charts

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/gaming-graphics-card...

You will see that generally the 9800GT SLI combo is faster than a 5770 except for cases where the little 512MB card starts running out of memory (ie 1080p with full AA and AF), but a GTS 450 wouldn't be much more playable at those setting either.
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October 29, 2010 3:46:45 AM

Are you sure you can't afford a GTX 460? They are as low as $160 before rebate and $140 after on Newegg.
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October 29, 2010 4:38:52 AM

The 9800GT's are a bit long in the tooth now and whilst they can still game quite well they have just about passed their shelf life.
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October 29, 2010 11:21:41 AM

No jyjjy ^^ i dont have the money for a GTX 460 (wish i did cause its an awesome card) but based on your guy's opinions. Should i go with a stock GTS 450 and overclock it to a GTS 450 FTW?
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December 1, 2010 12:37:52 AM

the EVGA GTS 450 is a solid choice. The cheapest version goes for 80 bucks after MIR from tigerdirect.com, which currently has the lowest price.
The only difference between the pricier versions is a simple OC that you could probably do yourself.
My recommendation is to get a GTS 450 now (it should run most games on max settings). And when the time comes you could get another GTS 450. The Nvidia 400 series has one of the highest performance increases from running 2 graphics cards out there. You may need to upgrade to a 600w PSU but unless your running 2 hard drives or anything like that. Your 550w, I'm almost positive can handle it.
Im also assuming that you have a monitor with a resolution of 1080p, if you have anything lower then you should have no issues.
Another thing you may want to take into consideration is that your MOBO might be toware if you have 2 graphics cards then each PCIe slot only runs at a "8x, 8x" or "16x, 8x" speed as when you have a single it runs at max 16x speed. So unless your MOBO upholds a "16x, 16x" speed during SLI, then a single 1gig GTX 260 is your best bet.
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