One Card or Two?

Hi,
I am in the process of putting a PC together and am not sure if it's worth adding the second video card to my set-up, is there any added benefit? I am considering Dual Nvidia GTX 560 Ti's. I currently run an NVIDIA GTX 550 Ti with a dual monitor set-up @ 1920x1080 and the only Games I currently play are World of Warcraft and Rift. One of my goals is to get higher FPS than I am currently getting.


Thanks in advance for the input.
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  1. If you already own a GTX550ti then you should just get another for SLI.A GTX550ti is a powerful solution and you will easily be able to max out those games.

    A GTX550ti SLI is just as good if not faster than a GTX560ti.

    http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/3936/palit_geforce_gtx_550_ti_1gb_sonic_video_card_in_sli_review/index9.html
  2. @purple stank, I would but the PC I currently have is a Dell with only one PCIe slot; I am putting one together from the ground up... Thanks..

    That's a great article...
  3. Well if you already have it no sense in just not using it.You already payed for it.A GTX550ti SLI is roughly the same price as a GTX560ti but a little faster.Since you already own a GTX550ti then you would be saving money compared to going with a GTX560ti.

    But if you have the money and your not really on a budget then the GTX560ti SLI would obviously be a way better option.
  4. you can either get two new cards (560's or whateva) and SLI those

    or if you can get another 550 you can sli that also.

    all depends on ur budget.
  5. adding a 2nd card wont double (200%) your performance but will add another 40-60% typically. (140-160%)

    dual cards really start to make a difference with the bigger resolutions / AA & AF settings
  6. HugoStiglitz said:
    adding a 2nd card wont double (200%) your performance but will add another 40-60% typically. (140-160%)

    dual cards really start to make a difference with the bigger resolutions / AA & AF settings



    Kind of what I was wondering.. 40-60% is a great improvement.. I would like to be able to play at Highest game video settings but my FPS really suffer currently when I try it. If it improves that then it will have been worth it.

    Glad my buddy sent me here for advice.
  7. since you have one 560ti i would recommend another 560ti...also make sure the mobo supports 16x on both PCIE slots in a SLI or crossfire setup....most boards only support 8x when two cards are used in either sli or crossfire setup
  8. What are your full system specs?(CPU,RAM,etc.)

    What type of PSU do you have?
  9. Case - Undecided
    CPU - Intel i7-2600k 3.4 ghz (over-clock?) Liquid Cooled Asetek 550LC
    MoBo- Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD7-B3
    RAM - 8gb Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600mhz
    PSU - Coolermaster RSA00-AMBAJ3-US 1000watt
    Primary HDD - 2x500gb SATA3 in a RAID-1 config
    Data HDD - 1x1tb SATA3 in a RAID-0 config
    Optical drive - DVD+R/RW CD+R/RW
    O/S - Windows 7 Home Premium
  10. What do you mainly use your PC for? Gaming? Work?

    I would advise against going with the Asetek 550.I have one and it really really sucks.You'd be better off going with something else.If you really want LC though go with a H100.
  11. I mainly use it for Gaming... I don't have to go with LC; I thought it would be better if I decided to OC the CPU.
  12. Well the only reason I see to go with a self contained LC is that it's quiet.The only one that would be good towards O.C.ing is the H100.Other than that it just doesn't make sense paying $100 for a H70 when you can pay $40 for a air cooler that deliver the same results.

    If all you use that PC for is gaming then save yourself some money and go for the 2500k instead.Their is no difference at all in performance between the i7 and i5 when it comes to gaming.
  13. well good new is ur PSU (1000w) will let u do what u want.

    Running SLI no prob, overclocking CPU, no prob.
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