I really need to upgrade my GPU, but I have no money, so I think I've been looking at either a GTX 460 or a Radeon 7770 as a cheap but very large upgrade over my slow gt 220. The GTX 460 seems to perform better, at least in the games that I play, but some radeon 7770s are very short, I'll explain why this matters. Another thing that bothers me about the 460 is that there aren't many of them for sale anymore, so if I decide I want to SLI when I get a new board, I don't know if I'll be able to find another one. I realize that running two of either of these GPU's isn't ideal, but I've always wanted to try it out mostly just for experience, and it would be another really cheap upgrade option for later.
Another thing, I would prefer a GPU that is short enough that it won't cover my last 2 SATA ports, because I'm not sure if the two on the bottom will be fully uncovered or not. My board is 9.6'' so I don't know how short a card would have to be in order to not cover them. I rather not run the risk that low profile SATA cables wouldn't fit under my GPU.
Will the 8.76" gtx 460 be long enough to block the last two SATA ports closest to the edge of the board?
Will I be able to find another gtx 460 in a year or so if I decide to SLI two of them?
Should I buy the shorter 7770 even though it doesn't do Crossfire?
Or a different 7770 that does support Crossfire?
If it covers your SATA ports, you can always use 90 degree sata cables!
Yea but the thing is a lot of people say that they fit, and many say that they don't. Maybe it depends on the brand board, or maybe they don't use low profile ones. I don't know how stupid, or smart the people that claim they don't fit actually are.
I don't really see the value in either the GTX460 or the 7770, consider the two links above, a GTX 560 (non-ti) or a HD 6850. Both can be crossfired or SLI'd later.
originally I wanted a 560, but I have no money, and I would rather try to get $20 more for a 6870 over a 6850. I guess I just don't really care that much about how games look, my friend has the same CPU as me and a 6770 and his rig is good enough for me, but the GTX 460, or a 7770 cost the same and work better (than his card).
I would suggest SLI'ing the GTX 460's right from the start. You won't regret it
If I could come up with that much money I would rather spend it on a single card, besides my motherboard only has one PCI x16 slot, my plan is to upgrade my GPU, upgrade my board, and the RAM with it, then probably upgrade my GPU again at some later point in time. I think I might just go with the non crossfire 7770 since then I won't have to worry about it covering my SATA ports, it'll probably be a year at least before I can get a new board, and then start looking at another GPU upgrade. Hopefully by then I'll be able to finally find a job and have some more money to be able to afford a single decent GPU then I could SLI or Crossfire that.