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November 8, 2012 5:10:00 PM

Hey, I am going to be building my gaming pc in the next couple of months and I have had to look through many different
places to find a video card I really like. I found a really nice and in my budget EVGA Geforce GTX 550 Ti 2GB. Eventually, I will be buying another one to run in a 2-way SLI mode. I would just like to know...
Would I experience bottle necking with the 550 ti on itself and/or in 2-way SLI Mode?
Future Setup:


CPU: AMD FX-6300 Six Core

Mother Board: GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Case: Thermaltake Commander MS-I Epic Edition Black / Red SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

HDD: Seagate ST310005N1A1AS-RK 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal

RAM: G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR

PSU:XFX Core Edition PRO650W (P1-650S-NLB9) 650W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

DVDDRIVE:MSI 24X DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DH-24AS

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November 8, 2012 5:17:28 PM

What is your budget for the video card? the 550 ti isn't a very powerful card and will most likely be the bottleneck of your system.
November 8, 2012 5:51:45 PM

No, it wouldnt bottleneck your CPU at stock. If you were to do a good amount of overclocking then you might experience it. When you SLi you will need a bit of an overclock as your GPU will be bottlenecked by your CPU. What is your price range for a card. As derza said that isnt a very powerful card.

What games will you be playing ?
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November 8, 2012 6:04:17 PM

I will be playing quite demanding games such as Battlefield 3, Dishonored, GTA IV, Crysis 2 and many more.
My Price range is 150-200

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November 8, 2012 6:17:14 PM
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roccofrommontreal said:
I will be playing quite demanding games such as Battlefield 3, Dishonored, GTA IV, Crysis 2 and many more.
My Price range is 150-200


Ok well that makes it a lot better. The 550 Ti would run those games but you can get a 1 better card for that price that would be better then 2 of them in SLi. Heres a couple to choose from:

Sapphire 7850:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HIS 7770:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sapphire 7770:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS GTX 560 Ti:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Just to name a few that would be better at a good price. If you want more help with choosing whats better refer to this website as you can pick and see how cards rank against each other.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/GPU12/372
November 8, 2012 6:41:47 PM

You could also get a GTX 660 for around $200.

the 7850 and the 660 would be at the very upper end of your budget but they are both over twice (almost three times in some games) as fast as a gtx 550 ti.
November 8, 2012 6:49:48 PM

Yes the 660 is a awesome card, better than the cards listed above, as I didnt pick it because it was 30-40$ out of your price range. I'll list some 660's below if you are willing to pay the extra.

GIGABYTE 660:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA Superclocked 660:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI 660:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA FTW 660:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
November 8, 2012 7:19:14 PM

Yea some of them you can get for around $210 but that is after rebates. But if you have the money right now I would get one of the better cards. Always sucks to be a year down the road using a lower performing card, I mean really what is $10-$30 when you will be using a card for 2 years or so. But if budget is very tight get what you can :) 
November 8, 2012 9:39:11 PM

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November 8, 2012 9:40:52 PM

abCasPeRR said:
Ok well that makes it a lot better. The 550 Ti would run those games but you can get a 1 better card for that price that would be better then 2 of them in SLi. Heres a couple to choose from:

Sapphire 7850:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HIS 7770:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sapphire 7770:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS GTX 560 Ti:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Just to name a few that would be better at a good price. If you want more help with choosing whats better refer to this website as you can pick and see how cards rank against each other.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/GPU12/372


Thank you very much, I think I will be going with the Sapphire 7850.
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