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December 19, 2010 5:22:10 AM

Should I go with the Gtx 480

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or SLI the GTX 465s

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Screen resolution 1920 X 1080

750 Watt PSU

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel motherboard.

I plan on putting a 1000 Watt PS in the near future if that helps.


Or other suggestions would be appreciated. I am willing to spend up to 600 dollars with out my girl friend killing me.

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a b U Graphics card
December 19, 2010 5:36:52 AM

What games do you play at what settings or are you just trying to generally get the most bang for the buck?

Perphaps you should consider the GTX 460 sli vs. GTX 480 instead of the GTX 465

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-460-gf1...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-460-rou...

Since the 460 sli should provide exceptional performance at the resolution of your monitor, is the added cost of the 480 worth it? Perhaps it is for future use, but that depends on your expectations and preferences.
a c 130 U Graphics card
December 19, 2010 5:43:34 AM

$600?
Simply crossfire two HD6950's. You'll get the absolute most performance for the money, and it'll run off of your 750W PSU (provided it isn't a crappy brand-name). This'll save you time/effort/$$$ in that you won't need to upgrade your PSU.
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a b U Graphics card
December 19, 2010 6:10:08 AM

But think of the bonus points he gets when he tells his GF he only spent about $400 for two new cards. And she can have the $200 difference for a new pair of shoes.
December 19, 2010 6:51:40 AM

Sorry I for got to put that i have 2 monitors running at 1920 x 1080.

Lol I did not even look at the 460s.

Types of games i play BBC2, COD, Crysis.

Flight Sim X, I use both monitors for this. I also do not want to have to buy a new GPU in the next year or more. The 460s look good but the 465 SLI i think would be better then then 460 SLI.

But what would perform better? 460x2 SLI or a GTX 480 by itself, with 2 monitors?

December 19, 2010 6:55:12 AM

Why not GTX570?

Avoid sli or xfire unless you are on a 30" monitor.
December 19, 2010 6:56:49 AM

easymoney9 said:
Why not GTX570?

Avoid sli or xfire unless you are on a 30" monitor.


Why does it cause bottleneck?
December 19, 2010 7:06:20 AM

Not so much bottleneck with Core I-7 950 or better. The main problem is driver issues or poor scaling.
December 19, 2010 7:15:15 AM

i think gtx 570 or gtx 480 would be way to go.use only 1 gpu,2 will be waste of money,why sli when same performing single gpus are available,it would be a stupidity.
December 19, 2010 7:16:38 AM

If you are willing to spend up to $600 why not the get GTX580 the best single gpu card available? It should be good enough at your resolution(1920x1080) that you don't have to worry about upgrading again until DX12 is released.
a b U Graphics card
December 19, 2010 11:54:54 AM

Even a GTX 570 is enough to run all games on max settings at full HD.I would spend the rest on getting an SSD. ;) 
a c 271 U Graphics card
December 19, 2010 12:07:24 PM

easymoney9 said:
Why not GTX570?

Avoid sli or xfire unless you are on a 30" monitor.


That's a load of cobblers as screen size has nothing to do with it, it's resolution that matters and I've been running SLi rigs for several years on 19" and 22" screens without issues and sometimes seeing 100% scaling in some titles.
December 19, 2010 3:41:13 PM

Would you all prefer the gtx570 over the gtx480?
a c 271 U Graphics card
December 19, 2010 3:47:26 PM

bzinn said:
Would you all prefer the gtx570 over the gtx480?

It has an improved cooler if nothing else but I would prefer a couple of GTX560's myself if they do indeed turn out to be the full monty GTX460's.
a b U Graphics card
December 19, 2010 7:02:37 PM

mrjericho1991 said:
i think gtx 570 or gtx 480 would be way to go.use only 1 gpu,2 will be waste of money,why sli when same performing single gpus are available,it would be a stupidity.



It is not nice to call THG staff stupid. In their "Best Cards for the Money" articles they often recommend 2 cards in SLI or CF over single cards.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-rad...

In that current article, their recommendations for the higher end cards are:

$370 - Tie - GTX 460 in SLI or HD 6850 CF
$450 - None but honorable mention to GTX 480
$490 - Tie - GTX 470 SLI or HD 6870 CF
$550 - None but honorable mention to HD 5970

So the only cards actually recommend for budgets of approximately $370 or more are SLI or CF options.

Do you not read others' reviews and recommendations on cards or just think you have all the wisdom and what others recommend is stupid?

When you say what others recommend is "stupidity" you only embarrass yourself and prove your own poor judgement.
a c 130 U Graphics card
December 19, 2010 10:45:50 PM

SLI/Crossfire will nearly always result in better performance/$$$.

Like I said. At $600 the absolute best performance he's going to get is an HD6950 crossfire, which scales better than SLI nowadays (for the 6900 series anyways).
a b U Graphics card
December 20, 2010 2:37:35 AM

Still not considering an SSD?
December 20, 2010 2:57:53 AM

Mousemonkey said:
That's a load of cobblers as screen size has nothing to do with it, it's resolution that matters and I've been running SLi rigs for several years on 19" and 22" screens without issues and sometimes seeing 100% scaling in some titles.





Sorry mm, I thought everyone would understand I meant computer monitor, res 2560x1600. My bad!
a c 85 U Graphics card
December 20, 2010 5:07:44 AM

bzinn said:
Should I go with the Gtx 480

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or SLI the GTX 465s

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Screen resolution 1920 X 1080

750 Watt PSU

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel motherboard.

I plan on putting a 1000 Watt PS in the near future if that helps.


Or other suggestions would be appreciated. I am willing to spend up to 600 dollars with out my girl friend killing me.


if you want to SLI, go with gtx 460's. they are probably the best scaling sli option out there. avoid the rest of the 400 series as the 500 series is commonly known as what the GF104 chip(what powers the 465 and up) should have been. i suggest nvidia. you can go back and forth on which performs better and people will always say ati is more efficient, but you aren't droppin $600 on video performance to be eco friendly. nvidia makes up for it in their drivers. if you do go ati, don't go with the 6xxx series, they are a "green" version of the 5xxx series. the 6xxx always performs worse than its 5xxx counter part. personally, i'd say your options are 460SLI or the 500 series of your choice.
a c 271 U Graphics card
December 20, 2010 4:18:15 PM

easymoney9 said:
Sorry mm, I thought everyone would understand I meant computer monitor, res 2560x1600. My bad!


Even so, you don't need to be running at that resolution to see gains from SLi or Xfire.
a c 535 U Graphics card
December 20, 2010 4:50:45 PM

I would go for a single GTX570 for $350, leaving the option to SLI open for the future. It will be plenty for your resolution and pretty much any game. The 570/580 have quieter, improved cooling that make them a worthwhile purchase over the 400 series.

The great thing about SLI with the 570 is that they barely register any significant increase in heat or noise by adding a second card. They redesigned the casing on the card to deliver better airflow in a dual card setup. They also overclock with barely any heat or noise increase as well.
a c 85 U Graphics card
December 20, 2010 10:10:38 PM

you could also wait just a little bit for the 560 which is going to be the successor and improvement over the most well liked nvidia card critically and best selling card they've had in a while, the 460. it will save you a bit of cash and run anything.
December 20, 2010 10:14:48 PM

woltej1 said:
you could also wait just a little bit for the 560 which is going to be the successor and improvement over the most well liked nvidia card critically and best selling card they've had in a while, the 460. it will save you a bit of cash and run anything.



When is the GTX 560 coming out?
a b U Graphics card
December 21, 2010 3:08:09 AM

Early 2011.
a c 85 U Graphics card
December 21, 2010 4:24:01 AM

bzinn said:
When is the GTX 560 coming out?


nothing beyond early next year is for sure, but it looks like January 20th or so based on ATI releasing it's next series of cards, or so the people who pay close attention to these things say. Even if this guess is wrong, the card should be released within the first couple months of next year.
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