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April 25, 2012 3:02:08 AM

Currently im planing a build i plan on ordering in a few days and i was wondering if im making a bad choice in terms of the video cards. right now i have 2 gtx 560 ti's planed into my build but i was wondering if a single card would be better like a amd HD 7950 or gtx 580.

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i5 2500k
p8p67 deluxe asus mobo
8GB 1600 ram
850 watt psu w/ 62Amps on the 12v rail.

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a c 117 U Graphics card
April 25, 2012 3:18:10 AM

if this is a NEW, not yet done, build; then i would highly recommend going for a single card solution so that the upgrade would be more beneficial later with a multi card solution.

know what i mean?

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a c 251 U Graphics card
April 25, 2012 3:21:36 AM
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The thing is will you eventually get a second 580/7950 if you went that way or not. If you are going to stay with what you are going to build and not upgrade then the two 560Ti's would be better but if you think you would add another 580 or 7950 then I would go with the single card. Either of those cards will give you great performance now and a second later on would only increase that. The two 560Ti's would be it and you would not be able to add another because the board you have selected has a x4 slot for the third full length slot and any video card put in that slot would be limited by the x4 , it would still work but it would be limited.
So if there is the possability of adding the second 580/7950 then I would go with the single card. If there will be no upgrading later on then I would go with the 560Ti's.
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April 25, 2012 3:24:12 AM

Anonymous said:
if this is a NEW, not yet done, build; then i would highly recommend going for a single card solution so that the upgrade would be more beneficial later with a multi card solution.

know what i mean?


yeah, this is a new build i haven't bought anything yet. the truth is i wanted sli just for the looks, but it seems like a major hassle with drivers and what games support it... etc. I think i would be better off grabbing a 580 or 79XX series amd card, what do you think?
Anonymous
a c 117 U Graphics card
April 25, 2012 3:26:26 AM

what inzone said. if you think you are going to be able to get another 580 or 79xx later get a single card now. but if this is a one shot deal; NO possible upgrades later, go with the SLI.
April 25, 2012 3:27:28 AM

inzone said:
The thing is will you eventually get a second 580/7950 if you went that way or not. If you are going to stay with what you are going to build and not upgrade then the two 560Ti's would be better but if you think you would add another 580 or 7950 then I would go with the single card. Either of those cards will give you great performance now and a second later on would only increase that. The two 560Ti's would be it and you would not be able to add another because the board you have selected has a x4 slot for the third full length slot and any video card put in that slot would be limited by the x4 , it would still work but it would be limited.
So if there is the possability of adding the second 580/7950 then I would go with the single card. If there will be no upgrading later on then I would go with the 560Ti's.


yeah i def agree with you, i probably will get a 2ed 580 or 7850 down the road. i think i'm gonna go single card b/c of the upgrade path. as well as better driver support.
a c 251 U Graphics card
April 25, 2012 3:38:27 AM

I can tell you that two 580's in SLI is great and they do just plow through anything at the highest settings and resoluton. I have two of them with a 30" monitor at 2560x1600 and MW3 is maxed out and 91fps and BF3 is on ultra and 100fps.
April 25, 2012 4:03:33 AM

Nice, i think i'm going to go with the gtx 580 as i'm assuming its still destroys games, and since i'm only playing at 1920x1080p i should be fine.
April 25, 2012 4:20:37 AM

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