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April 5, 2012 8:02:36 AM

First of all I'd like to say Hi to everyone on tom's hardware. Im a newbie to all of this so i apologize in advance if im posting in the wrong place or offend anyone.
so for my first question i ended up going over my 800 dollar budget just a hair and since ive already gone over my budget im thinking of returning my gtx550ti 2gb for a gtx560 1gb. this is going to be strictly a gaming rig and i plan on grabbing another gpu when diablo 3 comes out. I have in my NZXT phantom 410 an intel i7 950 stock cooling fan, Evga x58 sli3 motherboard, Corsair vengance 12gb ddr3, WD blue caviar 500gb hdd, Asus 24x dvd drive, and the Ultra x4 fully modular 600watt psu. Also i will be adding a Solid state drive soon. Thanks in advance to all that respond

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April 5, 2012 6:19:10 PM

I believe you question is whether to go with the 560 or 550ti. No suggestions either way but something to consider.
Your PSU won't let you SLI 560's which require both PCI cables to connect a single card.
You could however SLI 550ti's which only require a single 6 pin PCI cable for each card.
April 5, 2012 6:55:23 PM

The 560 is equivalent to the 6870. I sugest getting that. However, it's harder to SLI them, unlike the 550Ti.
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April 5, 2012 7:17:51 PM

great advice "C12Friedman" guess i'll be sticking with the 550ti for now till i can upgrade my psu. Which i had plan on doing anyways.
So I guess now my question is whats a good solid psu thats easy on the bank and can run 560's in sli ?
preferably a fully modular psu. And also what solid state drive out right now would give me more bang for my buck ?
and again Thanks in advance to all that reply.
All advice is much appreciated.
April 5, 2012 7:55:57 PM

Thanks for the info " Obsama 1" on my next build i will be going with an Ati Radeon gpu i will definitely keep that in mind
April 5, 2012 8:17:40 PM

obsama1 said:
The 560 is equivalent to the 6870. I sugest getting that. However, it's harder to SLI them, unlike the 550Ti.

It is IMPOSSIBLE to SLI 6870's :non:  ...You have to crossfire them :D 
April 5, 2012 8:29:19 PM

clarkjd said:
It is IMPOSSIBLE to SLI 6870's :non:  ...You have to crossfire them :D 


That's what makes it hard... lol
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