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I am looking for x2 new GPUs - what to buy NVIDIA or ATI

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January 24, 2011 1:38:06 PM

Hi all,

I have been building high end gaming pcs for years now. For the first time I am confused over what GPU to buy for my new beast. In the past I have owned ATI and NVIDA cards, I would go for what was ever the fastest for my buck at the time so i hol no alegience.

Any reviews I see on Toms charts dont include any of the latest cards :(  Dunno why cos Toms is usually the first out there with benchmarks. Anyhoo I am asking you the community for some help, here's the deal...

Budget = €400

I want to go SLI or XFire, however if there is a single card for the same price range I'll go with that :) 

So for the budget and the system, what would be the best setup for my GPUs?

Ok so more details here:
Date: 24.01.11

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, streaming media to PS3, blu ray movies.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY:
PSU = 850w
GPU = x2 sli 8800GTX

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:
CPU = i7 950
Mobo = Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R Intel X58
RAM = 6g XMS3 1600mhz.
HDD = x2 RAID0 10k Raptors 120g, x 2 500g 7.2k RAID 0.
CDRW = x1 SATA dvdrw.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:
I am in Ireland and would use www.overclockers.co.uk

PARTS PREFERENCES:
I would have no preference

OVERCLOCKING:
Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION:
1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
Must run bc2 at Max, future proofed for further upgrading.

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a b U Graphics card
January 24, 2011 1:54:21 PM

gtx 570 or 6950/6970
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January 24, 2011 3:05:18 PM

i would go with gtx 460sli,cheap and efficient and almost as much as gtx 580's performance.what more you want?
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a c 595 U Graphics card
January 24, 2011 9:31:05 PM

Two GTX560's in SLI should do everything you want and still stay cool and quiet.
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a c 216 U Graphics card
January 24, 2011 9:51:36 PM

At your resolution, you are better off with a single high end card. A 570 or 6950/70 would be the best choices. There is no reason to put up with the annoyances of SLI/CF when you don't need to. Later, if you upgrade your monitor resolution or games get more demanding, then you still have the ability to add another card for an upgrade path.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
January 24, 2011 9:53:41 PM

6950's go for around $300 U.S.You could get one now and then in a few months just add another.They are great cards and are even better for Eyefinity setups or running multiple monitors.
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a c 259 U Graphics card
January 24, 2011 10:09:18 PM

GTX570 would be good at your resolution.
For your budget, get a GTX580 and don't look back.
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX...

I also think you should consider a sandy bridge build instead.
A 2500K would be considerably more capable, at a lower price point.

Lastly, get a SSD for your OS and apps. Everything will feel snappier.
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February 1, 2011 7:36:03 AM

Hi all,

Thank you for all of your suggestions, having read them all I now feel more confused over what to buy. As all of your suggestions are in deed the options I've been thinking about. :pt1cable: 

I think I'll hold off for a month or two as I see NVIDIA are releasing a dual card soon. I am still not sure what to buy, and my budget has risen to about 500 euro :bounce
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a b U Graphics card
February 1, 2011 1:32:59 PM

If you plan to get a new monitor in future, then go for the GTX 580, otherwise GTX 570 or HD 6970.
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a c 172 U Graphics card
February 1, 2011 1:42:43 PM

17seconds said:
Two GTX560's in SLI should do everything you want and still stay cool and quiet.


You can't do that on just 400 euros. After vat a single gtx 560 is close to 300 if not more.

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a c 172 U Graphics card
February 1, 2011 1:45:11 PM

Two cheap GTX 460 or 6850 is possible on just 400 euros and the same for dollars but you will be cutting ti close so I suggest that you look to a single card solution for now. The GTX 570 and the 6950 have already been recommended while a 5870 if you can get one on the cheap will still be a decent card.
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a b U Graphics card
February 1, 2011 1:46:26 PM

geofelt said:
GTX570 would be good at your resolution.
For your budget, get a GTX580 and don't look back.
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX...

I also think you should consider a sandy bridge build instead.
A 2500K would be considerably more capable, at a lower price point.

Lastly, get a SSD for your OS and apps. Everything will feel snappier.



I can't particularly recommend Sandy Bridge at the minute considering the problem there is with the chips.
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a c 259 U Graphics card
February 1, 2011 2:02:14 PM

Griffolion said:
I can't particularly recommend Sandy Bridge at the minute considering the problem there is with the chips.


Certainly reasonable, particularly with a need for multiple sata hard drives.

Some e-tailers have withdrawn P67 motherboards, which will probably cause prices to go up because of shortage. The sandy cpu's also.

That said, the two 6gb sata ports of the P67 chipset are still good, and some motherboards have added marvell ports. Add-in pci-e sata cards are also available.
So, until this gets sorted out, current P67 users should mostly be in good shape. Down the road, one must be prepared to replace the motherboard with a fully functional one.
The motherboards typically have a 3 year warranty.

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February 8, 2011 7:46:20 AM

Best answer selected by nogmaxpower.
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February 8, 2011 7:47:26 AM

Hi all,

Thx for all the suggestions, I've decided to go for the 570 single card solution for now. With x2 SLI SSD OCZ Bigfoots (120g).

THx for all the replies, thankfully prices on the 570 have dropped big time :) 
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