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Two 1gb gtx 550 ti fermi's for dual monitors?

so I'm planning on getting two 1gb gtx 550 ti fermi's from evga and then running dual monitors, one for gaming and another for whatever, i plan on doing sli. would these cards be enough to handle dual monitors? or should i upgrade? i will be running a 24" 1080p widescreen 75hz and another 22" widescreen
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  1. the dual monitors is not the problem, it's the GTX 550 Ti in SLi, that's the problem.
    why not go for a stronger single card solution.?
  2. the problem is dependant on games. if its a game that uses less than 1gb vram, then you might make it off to some extent. if its a game that uses more than 1gb vram(skyrim/BF3) then you will lag, especially since multi screens increase the amount of cram required. if its playing 2 screens for casual use, then its more than enough.
  3. 1GB of VRAM @ 1080p will be OK.
    it's the GTX 550 Ti as a single card can't run 1080p in gaming well.
    and 550 Ti in SLi is a waste to be if your buying new retail.

    edit:
    a GTX 550Ti @ 1080p is not gaming, it's frustrating...
  4. You don't need 2 separate cards to run dual monitors, a single 550 would do just fine, it won't affect performance either if the game is running in just 1 monitor. And as you have the money anyways go for a faster single card.
  5. what, then would be recommended? i plan to do a lot of gaming.
  6. what's the budget.?
  7. For about the same as two 550ti's you can have this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161411

    Better performance, less heat and power consumption, it's a win/win.
  8. well, for a gpu, i guess 300-400. i've bought everything else,

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/cBTH thats what i have ignore the gpu there. thanks for the help so far!
  9. Just get the best single card you can afford, for $400 you could get up to a GTX670 or even a 7970 if you're lucky.
  10. Best answer
    verbalizer said:
    1GB of VRAM @ 1080p will be OK.
    it's the GTX 550 Ti as a single card can't run 1080p in gaming well.
    and 550 Ti in SLi is a waste to be if your buying new retail.

    edit:
    a GTX 550Ti @ 1080p is not gaming, it's frustrating...


    ^ x9000

    Anyone that buys SLI or CF setups like the 550ti or 7770 are just kicking themselves in the teeth.

    Sell the one 550ti you have and get a better single gpu.

    a 670 will do excellent.

    Basically a 550ti in SLI performs right under a 570, and a 670 performs right under two 570s in SLI.

    So a 670 is 4x faster than a single 550ti if you go by that.
  11. My brother runs two monitors with integrated and a 6950, it really isn't that hard. Why not get two 560 se's they are close to the same price or just get a 570 which will use a lot less power and it might perform better than two 550ti's in a lot of games.
  12. lt_dan_zsu said:
    My brother runs two monitors with integrated and a 6950, it really isn't that hard. Why not get two 560 se's they are close to the same price or just get a 570 which will use a lot less power and it might perform better than two 550ti's in a lot of games.


    Any card can handle dual monitors, especially if you aren't gaming on both.

    Performance wise the 550ti wil suck balls at 1080p and is one of the worst cards to buy considering that other cards easily out perform it for equal or less. two 550tis is a waste of money considering what you else can get for that price.
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