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GPU Upgrade Choices!! Help!

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June 12, 2012 5:33:54 AM

I was just doing some research and gtx 480's in SLI really still perform really well in current games and probably will be good for the foreseeable future also. I will have to upgrade my power supply to do this setup as well. My airflow is great in my case and they will stay pretty cool. I have AC in my room and a nice case flow setup. If I can get these cards for $150 each hand a new around 1000W Power supply should I spend around $400 to get this new setup up and running or should I just do what I was going to do and get a GTX 670 FTW, more ram and then another GTX 670 FTW to SLI in the not too distant future?


Choice #1) 2x GTX 480 SLI and a new 1000W Power Supply. =Around $475-$550

Choice #2) 1 EVGA GTX 670 FTW and upgrade to 16GB DDR3 1600mhz ram, and not too far down the road 2 of these in SLI. =Around $850-$900

Choice #3) 1 ASUS GTX 590 + upgrade to 16GB DDR3 1600mhz ram. =Around $450-$500


You guys can vote or whatever you think. I want a really good setup, and the opportunity for once not to have to worry about graphics in any game at 1920x1080p (full hd) for sometime.

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June 12, 2012 5:47:06 AM

I would say #3 is out instantly. It's a bad choice.

For single 1080p, a single GTX 670 will be enough for a long time (at least 2 years). It will max ANY games in that time period. In that time you can add a second one if you want to. That's where my vote goes to.
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June 12, 2012 5:51:50 AM

Choice #4 HD Radeon 6950 CFX configuration for even cheaper then the GTX 480 Sli setup. No Power Supply upgrade is required either, I can probably get 2 HD 6950s unlocked to 6970 shaders for around $300!! I only need a 700w psu to run them in CFX as well. So basically 2x HD 6970s for around $350. The benchmarks are pretttty good for that kind of GFX setup.
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June 12, 2012 6:00:41 AM

I disagree about a single 670 being "enough" at 1080p but the 670 is definitely the way to go.
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June 12, 2012 6:04:08 AM

If I can find 2 brand new GTX 480s for really good prices and knab a good new power supply around 1000W should I do that setup, I am seeing some amazing prices on 2 gtx 480s. I would get myself a real good new power supply for my system as well.
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June 12, 2012 6:06:37 AM

Basically for the price of the GTX 670, I can get 2x GTX 480's in SLI with a brand new good power supply around 1000W 80 plus certified.
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June 12, 2012 6:08:40 AM

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for what is it not 'enough' exactly?

BF3, Metro, all things Crysis. Obviously you can play anything really well with a single GTX 670, I'm just saying that a second one isn't a waste at 1080p, if you like your graphics the way I like mine.
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June 12, 2012 6:11:21 AM

So even if I can get 2x GTX 480s for realllly good prices brand new, and a new power supply for the price of a GTX 670, just because it's older tech doesn't mean it's bad at all. GTX 480's in SLI outperform a GTX 680. 2 gtx 480s in sli > GTX 680 in most cases for much less money. My pc has good heat dissipation and air flow plus it's generally cool in my room with AC. In some cases the GTX 480's in SLI outperform a GTX 590.
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June 12, 2012 6:18:18 AM

IF you aren't going with SLI GTX 70 in the future, get GTX 480. It's a no-brainer, however, you won't be able to upgrade it so you'll have to buy new card in 3-4 years. It's a very powerful setup.
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June 12, 2012 6:21:08 AM

Sunius said:
IF you aren't going with SLI GTX 70 in the future, get GTX 480. It's a no-brainer, however, you won't be able to upgrade it so you'll have to buy new card in 3-4 years. It's a very powerful setup.


I don't understand, so you're saying if I am not going to SLI GTX 670's go with the GTX 480 SLI setup, it's powerful?
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June 12, 2012 6:22:39 AM

It's much more expensive to get 2x gtx 670s in SLI then a gtx 480 sli setup. I'd be spending almost double the price for 2x gtx 670s.
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June 12, 2012 6:25:30 AM

Hey recon again :)  I was doing some more research today and I can pickup two GTX 480s for some realllly reasonable prices now, and a new power supply to power them which isn't a problem. Most tests with these in SLI outperform a GTX 680 anyway, and they beat the GTX 590 also sometimes.
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June 12, 2012 6:27:09 AM

In Farcry 2 it beats a GTX 590 for instance..
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June 12, 2012 6:27:58 AM

So you'd definitely recommend me picking up two of these babies and run an sli rig with a new power supply huh, I have a Corsaie TX 750W V2 80 plus bronze. Probably not enough to run them huh?
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June 12, 2012 6:30:24 AM

I have a Sandy Bridge i5 2500k @ 4.6Ghz w/ H80 Corsair Liquid Cooling. Yeah, I didn't think I was going to go SLI/CFX route when I bought my rig, but yeah they're even selling new GTX 480s on Newegg for only $210 a piece. :) 
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June 12, 2012 6:32:47 AM

HAF 912 Gaming Case, It has lots of slots, my motherboard is a Gigabyte UD3H-B3 Z68X. It's pretty big I have like 4-5 slots left after my sound card. They are dual-slot cards right? I only have 1 HD 6870 Black Edition now and like 4 slots left.
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June 12, 2012 6:36:28 AM

There is a decent amount of space between the cards, they did it on purpose on the design of the motherboard. I have a lot of case fans, like 5. One on the side of the case pumping on the video card area as well. Yes, in the Nvidia software, been using Catalyst Overdrive. I'd put the fans on 100% anyway like all the time because the sound doesn't bother me whatsoever.
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June 12, 2012 6:37:19 AM

So my question is if I don't overclock, I won't if I do SLI setup anyway most likely, my power supply I have now the Corsair TX 750W v2 80 plus bronze is good enough without any overclocking or anything.
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June 12, 2012 6:38:58 AM

Yeah, so with my setup and power supply I am a solid go? They are dual-slot right?
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June 12, 2012 6:43:00 AM

I really don't think I need to touch the video cards at all anyway, it's a pretty sick setup. I am curious what kind of benchmarks it gets vs the GTX 680, since I couldn't really find any. I don't think I'd need to upgrade GTX 480s in SLI for awhile anyway right? hah
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June 12, 2012 6:46:20 AM

Lol, so do you think it's safe to say the setup would be really good? My setup would be i5 2500k @ 4.6Ghz w/ h80 corsair liquid cooling, 16GB DDR3 1600mhz, 2x gtx 480 sli, corsair tx 750w v2 80 plus bronze. Do you think I'd have any power issues, I wouldn't touch the gpus to OC at all.
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June 12, 2012 6:49:21 AM

Oh ok cool, sounds good.
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June 12, 2012 6:49:36 AM

So it's pretty close to a GTX 590 in performance then?
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June 12, 2012 6:50:55 AM

So my power supply is good and safe, that's all I care about lmao, plus it's pretty new.
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June 12, 2012 6:57:04 AM

Also my board runs 8x/8x for SLI, that won't affect much will it?
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June 12, 2012 6:59:03 AM

So what are you telling me lol, full load over 750 watts? I don't think I will ever be full load graphics anyway right?
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June 12, 2012 7:16:26 AM

Yeah, I wouldn't do that lmao, but bottom line, I am really good with what I have now correct? End of story.
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June 12, 2012 7:20:04 AM

Yeah, I believe you, I am looking at lots of benchmarks also man, I should be able to get close to a P Score on 3D Mark of 10K right?
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June 12, 2012 7:37:01 AM

Damn dude, making it sound amazing huh, haha I mean the benchs look really great, and I wouldn't even mind getting a new power supply really, but since I don't need to it makes it all the better. The only thing that is getting to me is the amount of power needed to run these in SLI, but it seems I will be fine.
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June 12, 2012 7:50:13 AM

GTX670 and more RAM today.
Second GTX670 and a new psu when you NEED it, probably in like 18 months or so.
What some ppl don't realize is, doesn't metter if you run all games maxed out if you get 10FPS min! I rather play with some details turned down then let my games run lower then 30FPS min!
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June 12, 2012 3:11:22 PM

Ok so I am looking into getting these cards
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June 12, 2012 4:25:12 PM

lol? ummm ok?.. Not reallllly helping there haha
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June 12, 2012 4:32:20 PM

Oh ok, well I'm not super worried, I believe my power supply is good and everything, but I want to just make sure you know. Also, the reason why I'm doing this also is to save money so if I have to go out and buy a good power supply and do some extra work as cost gets higher it almost makes me not want to go through the trouble and just get what I was going to get. So that's why I'm nervous, also never ran an SLI config before.
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June 12, 2012 4:42:39 PM

Dude, if it's enough without any worries, then I will stop already, I just want to make sure, maybe from more than 1 person.
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June 12, 2012 4:45:49 PM

I'm on Guru3d also, people are saying my power supply isn't enough, which is why I'm questioning this also.
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June 12, 2012 4:46:31 PM

Two people so far saying no-go, one said system wouldn't boot and other says it's just not enough power.
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June 12, 2012 4:50:55 PM

Yeah dude, I think I might just go with the new MSI GTX 680 Lightning or EVGA GTX 680 Classifieds when they come out next week. Either that or a SLI GTX 670 setup, but that's my 2nd choice because it's more costly and definitely don't need thatt much power for now.
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June 12, 2012 4:51:23 PM

No but one of them have, they said they had a 750 watt ocz I think and system wouldn't boot.
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June 12, 2012 4:54:34 PM

nah, didn't post in wrong forum, I was stating my other option I was thinking about doing if this doesn't pull through.
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June 12, 2012 4:57:26 PM

Lol what exactly is my best answer lmao? If I am going to spend like $550 for a realllly hot setup and a new power supply and installation and everything I don't think that's all necessary. When I can just go with a new MSI Lightning GTX 680 or Classified EVGA version of the card. No installation, no power hungry worries or heat issues. So I am going to see about prices before I do anything, and I await the release of these new cards anyway.
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June 12, 2012 5:02:41 PM

derp
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June 12, 2012 5:26:30 PM

loll only "I" can decide on this one, and leading towards a "no" right now lol
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June 12, 2012 5:33:18 PM

but why do all that when I can just get a newer gen card for lower price, lower power, lower heat, 2x 670s in sli dude, yes more expensive, but also a lot more performance.
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June 12, 2012 5:33:59 PM

I will see about GTX 480 prices and see how much I can get them for, if I can get them for sub $200 around 150-175 each, and a new power supply, I may do it, gotta see.
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June 13, 2012 4:41:00 AM

Either that or a new ASUS GTX 590 will last me awhile too man
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