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September 27, 2011 11:56:37 PM

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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September 28, 2011 12:00:14 AM

@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...
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a c 214 U Graphics card
September 28, 2011 12:02:47 AM

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.
a b U Graphics card
September 28, 2011 12:04:13 AM

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.
a b U Graphics card
September 28, 2011 12:06:04 AM

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
September 28, 2011 12:11:33 AM

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.
September 28, 2011 12:14:43 AM

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
a c 214 U Graphics card
September 28, 2011 12:15:18 AM

What are your full system specs?(CPU,RAM,etc.)

What type of PSU do you have?
September 28, 2011 12:34:33 AM

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
a c 214 U Graphics card
September 28, 2011 1:37:43 AM

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.
September 28, 2011 5:14:58 AM

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.
a c 214 U Graphics card
September 28, 2011 5:51:03 AM

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.
a b U Graphics card
September 28, 2011 7:35:09 AM

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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