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560ti Sli vs i5 2500k

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December 23, 2011 3:33:20 PM

I have saved enough money for a second MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC
I already have AMD P2 955BE @ stock
I like purchased my M5A99X EVO just last month and am not seriously in the mood for a migration to intel.
have got 8gb ram @ 1333mhz 9-9-9-24 1.5v
Might do a 3.8ghz and 1600mhz with CL6 if I get time and enough guidance(which I probably won't find),
right now the equation is
second 560Ti = i5 2500k + H chipset (P67 and Z68 waaay too much, future migrations more like impossible)

my main purpose is gaming, in a single monitor - 1080p
might shift to beyond 1080p like in 6 months time with some great 30" LED 3D monitors (sounds like a big boast coming from me,lol)

Also
2TB Seagate Baracuda Sata 3 = XPSC 240mm Rasa Kit (and add both my GPUs to the liquid cooling circuit with few more bucks)

Basically I'm probably asking this -
i5 2500k + H chipset + 1x 560Ti >>> 955BE 4.0Ghz + 990x + 2x 560Ti?

If anyone wondering about ram, I plan to get 2133mhz and run it at 1866mhz with tight timings too far in the future.

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December 23, 2011 3:46:42 PM

You can't overclock on H61 or H67, so 2500k provides no benefit over 2500 on that chipset.

Stick with your Phenom, buy a decent cooler and overclock it, and get the second GPU. For gaming, the second GPU should make a lot bigger difference than the better processor. Make sure you can SLI on that board, though.
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December 23, 2011 3:50:38 PM

The 990x chipset does have Sli/Xfire ready, and I even got the ASUS Sli bridge with my motherboard, thats enough to assure the success of Sli correct?

Or is it more feasible to go ask for someone else's 560Ti, and check to see if Sli is working? Isn't it supposed to support Sli right outside the box if its specified?

And its going to be running both cards at 8x, so any issue there?
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December 23, 2011 4:02:05 PM

Stick with the CPU you have, buy a cooler for it and overclock it. yeah like some other people said a gpu makes more of a difference than a cpu in gaming. And how do you like the gpu u have i was thinking of getting the same one?
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December 23, 2011 4:09:10 PM

mistakwa said:
Stick with the CPU you have, buy a cooler for it and overclock it. yeah like some other people said a gpu makes more of a difference than a cpu in gaming. And how do you like the gpu u have i was thinking of getting the same one?


This card is awesome, as long as you get something which stays cool, like twin frozr II from MSI, its cheaper than a 6950, but a reference 6950 can't handle super clocks(okay in theory on stock cooling it shouldn't), but with a better stock cooling from MSI, getting the clocks to 950mhz is enough to get on par with a GTX570 on Metro 2033, and Lost Planet 2 works better on my 560Ti, how? well there is a scene were the fps always dropped to 15 on my friends 6950 sapphire, but on mine that scene dropped only like 21fps, since I'd like to see that a beautiful above 25fps I'm investing for the second card, plus GTX560Ti has 32x csaa, people might tell you, you can't use it, but trust me having beyond 8xmsaa is truly good, the sacrifice in fps is worth the quality. I played arkham city with 32x csaa, worked at 22fps min, looked much better than fxaa high, and I didn't mind playing so slow at such high anti aliasing.
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December 23, 2011 4:11:05 PM

Could anyone highlight any problems running at 8x might arise, or is it something to be concerned over in 3 monitor setups?
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December 23, 2011 4:18:47 PM

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The Phenom will not handle 2 560's very well and will cause a substantial bottleneck even when overclocked.

One simply needs to look at the current SBMs to see that this is true.
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