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July 25, 2012 3:45:17 PM

Hello Guys,
I am currently building a PC for a little bit of Gaming and a bit of Video Editing, I have all the components I need to start my build but I still need to find a graphics card. My motherboard supports SLI so I would like to use Nvidia cards. What's a good Nvidia card around $100 that would fit my needs and could be SLI'd in the future?

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July 25, 2012 3:52:56 PM

I found a GTX 550Ti for $109 is that better than the GTS 450 or the HD 6770?
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July 25, 2012 3:54:00 PM

I live in Canada, so I found that off Tigerdirect.
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July 25, 2012 3:54:30 PM

LevelUp_ said:
I found a GTX 550Ti for $109 is that better than the GTS 450 or the HD 6770?

The GTX550Ti is better than the 450, but not as good as the HD 6770.
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July 25, 2012 4:08:27 PM

Gman450 said:
Don't judge by the GPU's clocks alone. You've got to take into consideration the benchmarks for the those cards.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-550-ti-...

I don't really understand, HWcompare is not a benchmark? Since you said the 6670 has a better performance than the GTX 550Ti, are the in game fps better in the 6670?
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July 25, 2012 4:11:51 PM

I have the EVGA 550 ti, not the superclocked. I doubt that little bit of clocking would mean more than 1-3 extra fps. It is a good card, and you could SLI it with another 5xx card down the road, like the 560/570.
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July 25, 2012 4:12:34 PM

You can SLI different model cards?
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July 25, 2012 4:13:09 PM

LevelUp_ said:
I don't really understand, HWcompare is not a benchmark? Since you said the 6670 has a better performance than the GTX 550Ti, are the in game fps better in the 6670?


550 ti and 6670 are both in the same performance bracket. Here look at this:

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July 25, 2012 4:13:14 PM

LevelUp_ said:
You can SLI different model cards?


You can SLI 5xx with 5xx, 6xx with 6xx. You cannot SLI 5xx with 6xx.
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July 25, 2012 4:14:34 PM

No, DarkOutlaw is wrong. A GTX550Ti can only be SLi'd with a GTX550Ti.

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July 25, 2012 4:19:15 PM

Mousemonkey said:
No, DarkOutlaw is wrong. A GTX550Ti can only be SLi'd with a GTX550Ti.


Is this something exclusive to the 550Ti?
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July 25, 2012 4:23:28 PM

So just to be clear, I cannot SLI a GTX 550Ti with any other card.
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July 25, 2012 4:25:03 PM

DarkOutlaw said:
Is this something exclusive to the 550Ti?

No, it's the same for all Nvidia cards. There are one or two that seem to be exceptions but they're not really as they are the same card.
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July 25, 2012 4:25:21 PM

Mousemonkey knows alot more then me, if he says that is how it is then I am wrong.
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July 25, 2012 4:26:46 PM

LevelUp_ said:
So just to be clear, I cannot SLI a GTX 550Ti with any other card.


No you cannot.

Thanks
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July 25, 2012 4:27:09 PM

Alright guys, so to make sure this is a good choice I will now post what I will probably get; which is a GTX 550Ti and I might SLI down the road
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July 25, 2012 4:27:15 PM

Sorry I was out for a while.
But no, you can't SLI two different cards. You can only SLI the same cards.

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July 25, 2012 4:29:07 PM

I dont think it is really worth putting two 550 ti's into an SLI either. I guess it just depends on what you need. I dont really play BF3 and other online FPS because a new one comes out every other month. I have Diablo 3, Skyrim, Fallout NV on my PC right now and I am running them all on Ultra. If something comes out that I want that I can't set to Ultra I would probably have to debate on getting another 550 ti or just upgrading to a better card all together.
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July 25, 2012 4:29:11 PM

LevelUp_ said:
So just to be clear, I cannot SLI a GTX 550Ti with any other card.

Correct.
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July 25, 2012 4:31:22 PM

OK. So what I should do is buy a GTX 550Ti, then when it gets too slow I will buy a 480/570.
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July 25, 2012 4:32:21 PM

Jup, you should only plan to SLI a card with one of the same model.
Something else to keep in mind, nearly every motherboard with dual PCIe 16x slots for the past 6+ years supports AMD CrossFire.
There is just as much incentive for you to buy an AMD GPU as an nVidia one then ;) 

Working with your budget and Newegg.ca (where you can actually order from, unlike Newegg.com...), I found these to be your best options in the $100 CAD range:

Asus 7750: $100 (after $10 MIR)
Asus 6770 Silent: $90 (after ($30 MIR)

Both have similar performance and are in your price range after the MIR.
Additionally, they perform on a similar level to the more expensive GTX 550 Ti, of which the Least Expensive is $115 after a $10 MIR.

If you can strech your budget a little further, I would recommend one of the following:

EVGA 560 SE: $110 (after $10 MIR)
MSI 7770: $125

Both of these should also perform on a similar level; about 20-25% faster than the other cards.

Personally, if I where choosing from this assortment, I would get either the 7750 or 7770.
While they share similar gaming performance with their counterparts, they use much lower power and have much better direct compute performance.
Additionally, they are the newest cards of the bunch, which will help if you ever decide to CrossFire in the future.
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July 25, 2012 4:33:35 PM

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A single 480/570 would be far better than 550Ti SLi


570 yes I will agree there, but then again that is in a really different price bracket. I have heard not so good things about the 480, and have heard people go with a 5xx or 6xx card instead.
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July 25, 2012 4:35:12 PM

LevelUp_ said:
OK. So what I should do is buy a GTX 550Ti, then when it gets too slow I will buy a 480/570.

Not a really good plan.
Both the GTX 480 and GTX 570 are already EOL.
By the time you want to upgrade you will not be able to locate either on the market.

Your best option it to buy the best card you can afford now, then consider your options when it starts to feel to slow.
At that time you can look at the latest cards and availability of your current card to determine what your best upgrade path would be.
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July 25, 2012 4:36:24 PM

outlw6669 said:
Jup, you should only plan to SLI a card with one of the same model.
Something else to keep in mind, nearly every motherboard with dual PCIe 16x slots for the past 6+ years supports AMD CrossFire.
There is just as much incentive for you to buy an AMD GPU as an nVidia one then ;) 

Working with your budget and Newegg.ca (where you can actually order from, unlike Newegg.com...), I found these to be your best options in the $100 CAD range:

Asus 7750: $100 (after $10 MIR)
Asus 6770 Silent: $90 (after ($30 MIR)

Both have similar performance and are in your price range after the MIR.
Additionally, they perform on a similar level to the more expensive GTX 550 Ti, of which the Least Expensive is $115 after a $10 MIR.

If you can strech your budget a little further, I would recommend one of the following:

EVGA 560 SE: $110 (after $10 MIR)
MSI 7770: $125

Both of these should also perform on a similar level; about 20-25% faster than the other cards.

Personally, if I where choosing from this assortment, I would get either the 7750 or 7770.
While they share similar gaming performance with their counterparts, they use much lower power and have much better direct compute performance.
Additionally, they are the newest cards of the bunch, which will help if you ever decide to CrossFire in the future.


That 560 is an SE model, not comparable to the ti model. the 7770 and the 7750 are both under the 550 ti. The next best card over the 550 ti is the 6870, but this is also $20-$40 more depending if you want to wait for a good sale.
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July 25, 2012 4:38:22 PM

DarkOutlaw said:
That 560 is an SE model, not comparable to the ti model. the 7770 and the 7750 are both under the 550 ti. The next best card over the 550 ti is the 6870, but this is also $20-$40 more depending if you want to wait for a good sale.

Yes, as stated, it is a GTX 560 Ti.
And no, the 550 Ti is NOT faster than a 7770; it is only on par with a 7750.

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July 25, 2012 4:40:47 PM

Hi.

I know youre currently looking only at the 550 Ti but for the same price there are much better alternatives.
The GTX 460 is one class higher that the 550 Ti and costs the same
The second option is a GTX 560 SE which is also faster than a 550 Ti.
And finally the best option in my opinion but its really off topic is the HD 7770.It just outclasses every Nvidia card in that price range.
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July 25, 2012 4:46:52 PM

OK, thanks everyone for your input. I have decided to go with the GTX 560 SE.
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July 25, 2012 4:47:10 PM

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July 25, 2012 4:48:08 PM

That chart isnt really showing anything specific. It is comparing all resolutions and coming up with an average? I trust tom's reviews for products more than any other websites..
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July 25, 2012 4:56:58 PM

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