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Deciding on new Graphics Card

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April 10, 2012 6:36:16 AM

My "gaming" laptop has just died and need to build a new desktop! Just curious about a couple of things, I have just read over an article from 2010

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/pcie-geforce-gtx-48...

and was wondering how relevant it is today? Is 16 lanes still overkill for gaming? If I was planning to run Tri Sli should I go for x8 or x16? Out of all components at the moment? What is more than likely going to bottleneck? Cpu/Gpu?

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April 10, 2012 8:34:59 AM

Personally I think Tri SLI is overkill unless you have many monitors. A single good GPU like a GTX680 or a HD7970 can give you very high FPS even on demanding games.
However I've never tried SLI/Crossfire so I might be wrong.

About the bottleneck if you spend about the same amount of cash on both it's doubtful you'll have a noticeable bottleneck. Either the CPU or the GPU can be the bottleneck so just get both at the same level.
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April 10, 2012 10:34:52 AM

I don't recommend going above 2 SLI or Crossfire. I can say x8 is still really good now, and crossfire/SLI x8/x8 is still very good. If you plan Tri-SLI (not recommended) I recommend x16/x8/x8 (High end motherboard chipsets only though) examples are X58, X79, 990FX, etc.
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