I am currently running one EVGA GTX 570 (1.2Gig version) Superclock along with an i5-2500k (I play at 1920 x 1200). I don't get to play games as much as I used to because of work and life, but when I do sit down I want to enjoy the game at it's best!
Simply put: Would snagging another 570 be worth while if I'm playing BF3 @ 1920 x 1200? Also, with the current GPU I have, will I be able to get any 570 or does it need to be the exact same card?
I want to enjoy gaming but I also want to experiment with SLI and how it works for my own personal experience and education. However, will using SLI be too much of a pain to the point where getting a 670 would better serve my desire for butter smooth BF3 gaming? Price doesn't mean a ton, but the more expensive the option the longer it'll take me to save for it.
Thanks for all the input, everyone. I think, for now, getting a used 570 is what I'm going to go with and just wait out the next generation of cards (700 series?). When I go about SLI what factors do I need to consider? I have the EVGA Superclocked 570. Does that mean I need to get another EVGA 570 and make sure it's the Superclocked edition too? Or can I get any 570 (MSI, Gigibyte)?
I think all you need to do is make sure you get a 570 with the same amount of vram as yours (i.e. not a 2.5GB version) - the pair of cards will run at whichever set of clock speeds is slower.
Ideally you can get another EVGA SC model, but I don't think you have to.
Other factors are making sure your motherboard supports SLI and can do so in PCI-e 2.0 x16/x16, x16/x8, or x8/x8 mode (not x16/x4) and making sure that your power supply is good enough to handle both cards.
Thank you for the clarification. I'll be looking for another EVGA 570, that's for sure. I am pretty sure my motherboard supports two 570's and is sli ready. PSU should be good to go. Being my first build I don't remember what exactly I have for a few components, but I do remember researching and buying things that would set me up for sli at some point.