I am looking to update my graphics card this week.
Primarily will be playing Starcraft II in 1680 X 1050 but will be upgrading to a 24 inch monitor and gaming @ 1920 X 1080. Custom in game settings but I would like the card to be able to run @ ultra for the campaign.
The card or crads I get will be going in to the new gaming rig I'm building with the following specs.
To keep cost down I'm looking at picking up 2 of the evga 460 SE's Newegg has them for 100 dollars a piece after mail in rebate. For 200 dollars I can put two of them in SLI and get pretty decent performance. I will be software overclocking the cards slightly. I have read lots of negative reviews of the SE cards but for $100 a piece they seem like a really good deal. I'm pretty set on Nvidia since I primarily will be playing StarCraft. What does everyone think?
You can only get the rebate on one of each model, regardless of which model. What I would do if I were you is run the SC as your top card and underclock it; then if you can live with higher temps you can move the clocks up. (Over/underclocking your video is a 17 second process.)
Yes, the one that gets less air, that's why I would underclock it to start out with. Do try to match the clock speeds, though, insofar as I have observed, it's not the biggest deal if you don't. I have two GTX 460s with very different factory clocks, and I've accidentally run games with them both at their respective defaults with no ill effects. The reason for this is that every time you enable SLI (which you typically have to do after a driver update) the clocks are reset.
I run a single GTX460 1GB now, not enough, not really.
But I'd go up to a higher level single-vidcard, wanting the performance at all times (not whether or not there's been a Crossfire Profile created).
Do you really want 2 vidcards? It can be a pain in the butt...
But you can't argue with the value I guess, $200 bucks won't go far when you're looking at 1 x GTX560 ti for that price.
Yeah I bet 2 x GTX460 would kick its butt,