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Sli 460, or upgrade to better single card?

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July 3, 2011 8:26:11 PM

Okay my new gaming build at the moment is running an Evga GTX460 SE, 4gb ram, 1tb hdd, Core i5 2500k and a 650 watt power supply. I originally planned on upgrading the ram, then the power supply, and eventually put another GTX460 in for good measure. I'm wondering if instead of puting in another 460, if i would get better results from a GTX 580, or even the GTX460 2win (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...). Now i now that either one of these upgrades is going to require more that my current 650 watt psu and I do plan on upgrading that first and foremost....I'm just wondering if a single higher end card would be a smart move?

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July 3, 2011 9:23:59 PM

What is the make/model of your PSU?

What reosultion is your monitor?

A GTX460 SLI is still a very powerful combo.You could easily max out games.But theirs always the problems with drivers and which game supprots SLI/Crossfire.I would suggest going with a more powerful single card.Depending on what type of psu you have, usually a 650watt is enough for a GTX460 SLI or a single GTX580.

Whats your budget?
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July 5, 2011 10:40:06 PM

My Psu is an ULTRA 550 watt (thought it was 650 for some reason lol) LSP550. At the moment I'm looking to upgrade the Psu to a modular one with more watts(obviously) and also go with a GTX580.

In the end when i price out buying one GTX 580 and a PSU to match it'll be a bit more that another GTX 460 n psu...but well worth the money given the performance I'll be getting (from what i read anyways).

but to answer your question...i guess I dont really have a budget, I'm shooting mainly for performance.
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July 5, 2011 10:47:02 PM

Although it isn't widely used you can always PhysX the GTX460 with the GTX580.Just something to think about.

I good thing to always look for is futureproofing.Get a big enough PSU so that you can later SLI another GTX580 if you want.

Here's a good Modular PSU.

Corsair 850watt/Modular $165=$155 after MIR + $6 Shipping

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

Here's a great GTX580

MSI Twin Frozr II GTX580 $500 + Free Shipping

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 5, 2011 11:45:42 PM

purple stank said:
Although it isn't widely used you can always PhysX the GTX460 with the GTX580.Just something to think about.

I good thing to always look for is futureproofing.Get a big enough PSU so that you can later SLI another GTX580 if you want.

Here's a good Modular PSU.

Corsair 850watt/Modular $165=$155 after MIR + $6 Shipping

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

Here's a great GTX580

MSI Twin Frozr II GTX580 $500 + Free Shipping

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



Just FYI I appreciate your user name Purple :) 
also WOW good price for 580 AND PSU? Good find there much appreciated.
Yeah I'm tring to future proof my rig for as long as i can, but I'm getting tired of sacrificing graphics for fps.....I have become a graphics whore. Thank Skyrim and RAGE for the sudden obsession.
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