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SLI a GTX 550 Ti or Wait?

Hi all, first post on Tom' s Hardware, but I love the site.

I am looking for some advice on a course of action. I currently have a EVGA GTX 550 Ti (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-130-625&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=5&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Keywords=%28keywords%29&Page=1#scrollFullInfo), but am building a new system. Here are the main parts:

- Intel i5-3570K ([url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504)
- ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ([url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157295)

My question is; is it worth it to SLI my current GPU (spending another $140), or should I wait and upgrade to a GTX 560 when they drop below $200.

I do game (SWTOR, ME3, etc) but spend most of my time watching TV. Ideally I would love to watch in 1080p, but the single 550 does not have the power.

Any thoughts/suggestions are welcome. Thank you!
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    I can tell you first hand not to go SLI with the 550's. Even with the second 550 you will not be as fast as a 560 Ti. The GTX 560 Tis some of them are below $200.00 and the non Ti's are for sure below $200.00.

    It is too bad you can't spend more money for the new 6xx series cards. The new 660 ti is coming out right around the corner. You have put a good system together from what you posted.

    So why skimp on the card that is what I did and I wish I would have not done that. I also skimp on my PSU. If you haven't already got one make sure they are these types of brands.

    Corsair, Antec, Seasonic, XFX, Sliver Stone, and some OCZ brands. There are the AMD/ATI cards like the 7xxx series and the 6xxx series of card the 7xxx series being there newest ones.

    But if your budget only allows for the 5xx series cards then get the 560 Ti would be the best bang for your budget. I do wish you good luck on your build and so far it is a nice one. Cheers

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130623

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121425

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127616

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=100006662&isNodeId=1&Description=GTX+560+ti&x=0&y=0
  2. How big is your PSU. If you're going to SLI you need a solid quality PSU. Also, if you have any reason to feel like you should wait, then by all means wait for the new 660 to come out from Nvidia. Buy it as soon as you can because they will fly out of stock just like their brothers.
  3. Thank you very much for the info. This is just what I needed to hear.
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