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July 9, 2011 10:44:58 PM

a single gtx 560 ti and 2x of them in sli? Or would I be better suited to getting a 570 or a 580 if I was considering getting 2x gtx 560s?

This is to help me decide what I'm getting for my new gaming rig, this is my build so far:
intel 2500k
mb: asus p8z68-v
8 gb( 2x4gb) gskill rip jaws ram
corsair liquid cooler for cpu
wd caviar black 1 tb hdd
corsair force ssd 60 gb
evga gtx 560 ti
coolermaster 700w power supply
coolermaster haf 912 case
and a cheap dvd/cd drive

Not much room for change there as I'm getting it built for me :p  Not because I probably wouldn't be able to build it myself, but because my parents don't trust me building my first gaming computer :/ 

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a b U Graphics card
July 9, 2011 10:52:06 PM

HAF 912 is a terrible selection for the price. Comes with two 120mm fans which is pathetic for a $60 case.

The GTX 560s in SLi will beat the piss out of the 570/580 at 1920x1080 (1920x1200) but you would want more VRAM at higher resolutions such as a 30" monitor or dual monitors (though there are cases where the 560s in SLi will still be faster).

BTW the Corsair H50/H70 are overpriced and mediocre at best coolers.

Drop the SSD if you have a constrained budget as it won't help in gaming.
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July 9, 2011 11:00:39 PM

I don't really have a constrained budget, and I want the ssd to take advantage of the intel smart response technology on the motherboard. Also I will only be using 1 moniter( and may be upgrading to a the sony 24 in 3d tv when it comes out in about sept). The place I'm getting the pc from is local. Also I still want to know if the sli gtx 560s are worth the extra 200$+ or not :o 
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July 9, 2011 11:16:33 PM

You're not even providing useful information about the prices. $200 extra compared to what? The 560s in SLi cost $200 more than the 570/580/popcorn, what?

Sounds like you're getting shafted either way.

If you don't have a budget constraint and may do 3D gaming later on get a GTX 590 for $750.
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July 9, 2011 11:27:45 PM

I meant about 200+ more for 2 gtx 560 ti over 1 gtx 560 ti . I know I'm getting shafted but I will get nagged till the end of the earth if I build my own system :(  Plus isn't a 590 kind of overkill if I'm only running 1 moniter/tv? This is my first gaming build and I just want to get the best I can :/  And I guess I kinda want it under 2000$ without my moniter and including the os :/  I'm sorry if I'm not being very helpful. And the price for the build I posted was about 1700$ including taxes and assembly :p 

And I guess the biggest thing I want to know is if the gtx 560 ti will be able to max out settings at 1080p for current games and future games like battlefield 3. I can't justify spending 4-700 dollars on a card if a much cheaper card can do it for less :/ 
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a b U Graphics card
July 9, 2011 11:49:15 PM

With a single GTX 560 Ti I was able to max out following games @ 1920x1080:

- Crysis 2 with DirectX 11 and high-resolution texture pack

- Battlefield Bad Company 2

- all Call of Duty's

- Just Cause 2

- both Mass Effects

- both Dragon Ages

Crysis 1 and Crysis Warhead can be easily maxed out as long as you keep anti-alisaing low (still looks good).

So I would say yes, right now GTX 560 Ti can max out any game with little effort. If you take two of them in SLI, most likely you'll be able to max out Crysis 1 as well (I'm not sure if that garbage benefits from SLI, though) and unless you're planning to go to higher resolutions (like 2500x1600 or whatever), even one GTX 560 Ti will do. Don't know about 3D gaming, though... I've heard it puts a considerable strain on the GPU and isn't really worth it (gets boring soon).

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July 9, 2011 11:54:24 PM

browsingtheworld said:
HAF 912 is a terrible selection for the price. Comes with two 120mm fans which is pathetic for a $60 case.

The GTX 560s in SLi will beat the piss out of the 570/580 at 1920x1080 (1920x1200) but you would want more VRAM at higher resolutions such as a 30" monitor or dual monitors (though there are cases where the 560s in SLi will still be faster).

BTW the Corsair H50/H70 are overpriced and mediocre at best coolers.

Drop the SSD if you have a constrained budget as it won't help in gaming.


What does size have to do with resolution?
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July 9, 2011 11:56:51 PM

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July 9, 2011 11:59:58 PM

Thank you for answering my question :p  I think I'll be happy for a while and my psu should be good enough to allow for dual 560's in the future if games get too much for one card :p 

Also if I'm not mistaken 30 in moniters support up to 2560 x 1600 as opposed to 1920 x 1200 of the smaller moniters. But I'm getting <30 in moniter anyways so it doesn't matter :p 
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a c 273 U Graphics card
July 10, 2011 12:22:20 AM

werbo said:
Thank you for answering my question :p  I think I'll be happy for a while and my psu should be good enough to allow for dual 560's in the future if games get too much for one card :p 

Also if I'm not mistaken 30 in moniters support up to 2560 x 1600 as opposed to 1920 x 1200 of the smaller moniters. But I'm getting <30 in moniter anyways so it doesn't matter :p 

I have a 30" monitor at the office that only goes up to 19 x 12 and I've recently installed an 85" plasma that only does 19 x 10, so what does size have to do with resolution?
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a b U Graphics card
July 10, 2011 12:22:38 AM

^ I suggest you swap the PSU for Corsair HX750 =) 700W somehow doesn't seem enough... 750 is better.
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July 10, 2011 12:27:15 AM

amk-aka-Phantom said:
^ I suggest you swap the PSU for Corsair HX750 =) 700W somehow doesn't seem enough... 750 is better.

I'm running a pair of 560's on a similar setup with a 620w PSU, why would a 700w PSU not be enough?
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July 10, 2011 12:56:56 AM

^ Never mind! Good to know. The online wattage calculator I used suggested minimum 700W for twin 560 Ti's... must be wrong. Also, don't trust CM PSUs so much, so I just suggested a closest trusted Corsair unit instead. So, I already gathered quite some info on your config... P8P67 Pro + 2600K + 2 GTX 560 Ti's... all that on 620W? I'm surprised. Must be because I'm more used to threads with Crossfire, which requires more wattage.
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July 10, 2011 1:05:18 AM

All they have is coolermaster power supplies :/  And I think they must have a deal with them because 4/5 cases they had for display were coolermaster as well :/ 
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July 10, 2011 1:23:03 AM

^ It's alright, CM isn't bad at all... I just like Corsair PSUs more =) And since mousemonkey said even 620W is enough for GTX 560 Ti's in SLI, you don't need to upgrade.
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July 15, 2011 4:14:39 PM

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