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July 20, 2012 1:10:37 AM

Good day everyone. I am not a computer savvy and I am just learning about computer stuff, I just need help/inquiries pertaining about graphic cards. I do have an old Nvidia GTX 275(3 way SLI) and I am planning to purchase a new Nvidia GTX 570 or 580 graphic card. My question is am I able to combine this 2 graphic cards without problems? Thanks!
July 20, 2012 1:27:19 AM

I don't quite get what you're trying to say. Are you trying to put a 570 and 580 in SLI together?
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July 20, 2012 1:28:18 AM

quintano20 said:
Good day everyone. I am not a computer savvy and I am just learning about computer stuff, I just need help/inquiries pertaining about graphic cards. I do have an old Nvidia GTX 275(3 way SLI) and I am planning to purchase a new Nvidia GTX 570 or 580 graphic card. My question is am I able to combine this 2 graphic cards without problems? Thanks!


you can SLI two 570's but not with your old gtx 275's.

What is your budget for buying a new GPU?
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July 20, 2012 2:22:15 AM

maxh22 said:
you can SLI two 570's but not with your old gtx 275's.

What is your budget for buying a new GPU?


My budget is going to be 300 to 450 dollars.
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July 20, 2012 2:27:41 AM

RS1no2047 said:
I don't quite get what you're trying to say. Are you trying to put a 570 and 580 in SLI together?



Sorry for the confusion, since english is my second language. I do have an old GTX 275 graphics card and i am planning to purchase a new one. I want to buy a new GTX 570 or a GTX 580 graphics card. My question is, is it possible to combine my old graphics card with the new graphics card that I am planning to buy.
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July 20, 2012 2:33:08 AM

quintano20 said:
Sorry for the confusion, since english is my second language. I do have an old GTX 275 graphics card and i am planning to purchase a new one. I want to buy a new GTX 570 or a GTX 580 graphics card. My question is, is it possible to combine my old graphics card with the new graphics card that I am planning to buy.


You cannot put any unmatched cards in SLI together. I suppose you could theoretically have 2 unlinked video cards (or sets of video cards) in a machine, but I think you can only use one at a time for output. If somebody could verify this, that'd be great.

For your budget, I'd recommend selling the old cards and purchasing a 670. That's essentially what I'm doing right now (as I await my very overdue paycheck).
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July 20, 2012 2:48:50 AM

RS1no2047 said:
You cannot put any unmatched cards in SLI together. I suppose you could theoretically have 2 unlinked video cards (or sets of video cards) in a machine, but I think you can only use one at a time for output. If somebody could verify this, that'd be great.

For your budget, I'd recommend selling the old cards and purchasing a 670. That's essentially what I'm doing right now (as I await my very overdue paycheck).



Thank you for the help! :) 
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July 20, 2012 2:57:50 AM

SLI has to be matching cards. the most you can do with your old card is use it as a physx card, or use it to power a 3rd screen for standalone use and not gaming.
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July 20, 2012 3:00:59 AM

dudewitbow said:
SLI has to be matching cards. the most you can do with your old card is use it as a physx card, or use it to power a 3rd screen for standalone use and not gaming.



Im thinking doing that, but since im just a noob in computers im going to search how to do that. :D 
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July 30, 2012 3:38:32 PM

Best answer selected by quintano20.
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