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Overhauling my rig, which route to take?

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January 9, 2012 2:07:48 PM

Hello Toms,

I want to upgrade my rig soon and I have been pondering several upgrades over the past few weeks. The main goal is to game more proficiently at 1920X1200, I dont care about rendering/compiling power but I do wonder about the limitations of my current P2 955 @ 4.0ghz. The bottom line is that I cannot decide what the best route will be.

Options:

1. get a second GTX 560ti for sli and upgrade my platform to 990fx

2. get a second GTX 560ti for sli and upgrade my platform to p67/i5-2500k

I could also go the route of getting a single monster gpu and either switching platforms or not.

Here are my current system specs:

PII X4 955 @ 4.0 GHZ | ASUS GTX 560ti Direct CU II | MSI 890GXM-G65 | CM Storm Scout | 8 GB Corsair DDR3 1600 | CM Hyper 212+ | XFX XXX BE 650W PSU | Crucial M4 (OS/APPS) WDC Black (Steam) | Hitatchi 1 TB (storage) | Enermax 120mm (5)

I would like some opinions on what to do and also perhaps some part recommendations. But mostly I am curious about the 2 cpus of concern and how they will perform or not in the mentioned Sli situations...

all help and opinions are greatly appreciated, thanks!

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January 9, 2012 2:14:16 PM

Get another 560Ti for SLI is enough.At 4.0Ghz you cpu is not a problem at all.
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January 9, 2012 2:17:04 PM

^ so you think I should just get another Ti and grab a 99XX board that is Sli capable?

I also wonder if its worth it to get another ASUS DC2 or can I just grab an evga model off ebay on the cheap...
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January 9, 2012 2:36:22 PM

With two cards, the MSI's PCI-E slots drop to x8/x8 and I would always SLI with identical cards, less chance of hiccups.

Now if it was me, I would swap out the board for something that does full x16/x16 with USB3 and PCI-E 3, wait for the next generation ATI 7000 or NV GTX600, Bulldozer revision and then slave the TI as a Physx withe GTX600 or sell to get a few ££ back.

People may disagree, but keep away from 560TI 448's.
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January 9, 2012 2:36:29 PM

agree with sosofm... and what is the price difference between the cards?
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January 9, 2012 2:42:28 PM

Your CPU is fine. What do you play that's overwhelming your 560 Ti? I'm curious because I find my 6950 perfect for 1920 x 1200.
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January 9, 2012 2:46:00 PM

joemama069 said:
agree with sosofm... and what is the price difference between the cards?


not sure but maybe getting one on ebay for 170ish vs buying new... ill probably just end up getting another asus dc2 bc I love them.... :)  but at the end of the day is it really worth it, idk
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January 9, 2012 2:47:10 PM

das_stig said:
With two cards, the MSI's PCI-E slots drop to x8/x8 and I would always SLI with identical cards, less chance of hiccups.

Now if it was me, I would swap out the board for something that does full x16/x16 with USB3 and PCI-E 3, wait for the next generation ATI 7000 or NV GTX600, Bulldozer revision and then slave the TI as a Physx withe GTX600 or sell to get a few ££ back.

People may disagree, but keep away from 560TI 448's.



I cannot run sli with my current board and furthermore 8x8 is perfectly fine for gtx 560tis, 16x16 would be nice but not nesseary and if I went with a 990fx then that would allow me to have all that bandwidth...
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January 9, 2012 2:50:42 PM

FinneousPJ said:
Your CPU is fine. What do you play that's overwhelming your 560 Ti? I'm curious because I find my 6950 perfect for 1920 x 1200.


BF3, Skyrim, Metro, Witcher 2, Just Cause 2, Arkham City... to name a few

My Ti is more then satisfying at high/med settings in all these games but im looking to get darn near close to maxing them or in some cases at least increasing my fps with high settings...

so its not that the performance is not good but im looking for great, or at least close to it... :) 
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January 9, 2012 3:00:50 PM

His board cannot do SLI.
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January 9, 2012 3:26:29 PM

Mal- I like that board but i need full ATX, since I have put up with micro for my last two... im leaning towards sandyb with my current scenario
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January 9, 2012 3:27:49 PM

sosofm said:
Run the SLI with your motherbord. Here is a comparison between x8/x8 vs. x16/x16 and the difference is almost 0 http://www.hardocp.com/article/2010/08/23/gtx_480_sli_p...



no my current mobo will not run sli (without a hack, but im not going there) I plan on either getting a 990fx board or going with an SB build, and im really leaning towards sandy at the moment...
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January 9, 2012 3:37:54 PM

As you've said your current set up is okay, it would make sense to wait for ivy bridge and pci-e 3.0.
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January 9, 2012 3:48:38 PM

@Devastater6194: thanks for the input but here is my 2 cents on your comment:

well I wont need Ivy if I have sandy and furthermore I am running gtx 560tis here so no need for pci-e 3.0 even If I were springing for a maxwell or 7XXX series gpu there would be absolutely no benefit in bandwidth over the 16x 2.0 slot

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January 9, 2012 3:49:34 PM

can anyone comment on if there is a need to get two identical gpus with identical bioses for sli to run properly I dont mean to sound like a baby Im just thinking about it...
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January 9, 2012 4:15:20 PM

jjb8675309 said:
can anyone comment on if there is a need to get two identical gpus with identical bioses for sli to run properly I dont mean to sound like a baby Im just thinking about it...

In theory it shouldn't be a problem but then the last time I ran two different cards was when I was running 7900GT's.
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January 9, 2012 8:48:56 PM

Hope everything went well....

I Just ordered a GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 and a 2500k off off amazon mobo was on sale for 140, its got pci-e gen 3 for what its worth and it come with an sli cable which i do not have currently!

here is the link to the mobo if your curious:

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

I will be ordering a second identical ASUS dc2 gtx 560ti in about a week

gonna upgrade my my GFs rig with the 890gxm/955 and she is giving me money!
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January 9, 2012 10:41:16 PM


she is going to get my same board and cpu but ill have to steal back the hyper 212+ for my rig and give her a stock cooler so ill probably put it at like 3.6ghz or so... she has a am3 gigabyte board and a 240 regor so she will be getting a nice upgrade with my former MSI 890gxm/955BE unfortunately the asus cards do not come with an SLi cable..

I cant put up with this cpu anymore the 955 its been great but it is slowly but surely becoming insufficient and limits certain games to the 40 fps region, no matter what gpu setup you have, this to me says that it is time for an upgrade and I am breathing a breathe of fresh air knowing that I am switching to a solid, proven, intel platform

in games like crysis, skyrim, and witcher 2 to name a few, you are just limited with the 955 so I am happy, parts should be here by fri, cant wait!
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January 9, 2012 10:45:01 PM

yeah I have 1.65v ram but no worries she has a 1.5v 4gb kit that I can use until I get something else and then ill just ebay my current ram or something (its cheap to ship and I already have the small antistatic bags and bubble wrap
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January 9, 2012 10:55:19 PM

sounds good what about something in an 8gb variety for the extra 20-30 bucks id rather have it since this is my one and only unit..
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January 9, 2012 10:57:37 PM

cool thanks
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January 9, 2012 11:17:18 PM

Ill let you know how it pans out after assembly....
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January 9, 2012 11:17:51 PM

Best answer selected by jjb8675309.
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January 10, 2012 1:02:56 AM

is stock volts 1.35v?
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