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February 2, 2013 8:07:04 PM

Hello! I am about ready to purchase my new motherboard and CPU, and I realized that after that upgrade, my GPU would be the weakest part of my system, and would have to upgrade it. So, should I get another one and put it in SLI or get a newer better one?

So, here is what my new set up will be-

CPU- Intel i7 3770k (new, ~230$ @ Microcenter)
MOBO- MSI Z77A-G45 1155 ATX (New, ~100$ @ Microcenter)
RAM- 8 GB (4x2) DDR3 1333mhz
GPU- EVGA gtx 550ti 1GB (OC to 1.1ghz)
HDD- Seagated 7200rpm 1TB
PSU- Coolermaster 500w PSU

So SLI the 550ti (Mobo has x2 PCIe 3.0x16 slots, will use those) or get a new GPU. If i get a new GPU, the 550ti will run nVidia physX (Or I'll give it to a friend). I dont know how to set that up, but I'm sure I can figure it out.

For the new GPU, if I should buy one, will have a 200-300$ budget. I won't get it right after the CPU and MoBo upgrade, but later, so it will be a nVidia 7xx or AMD 8xxx GPU. I will be getting a new PSU, my current one scares me :( 

So, get a new GPU or SLI my 550ti? My thoughts were to SLI the 550ti because 2 older 140$ GPU's will perform hopefully as well as a newer 200$ GPU.

What do you think I should do? SLI will be cheaper, but the new GPU will most likely perform better. Not sure what to do. I could wait a year or two and save up ALOT of money and get a top of the line GPU then.

Thank you!

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February 2, 2013 10:44:59 PM

I think you would do best with a new GPU. A 660ti would fall right in you budget or a HD 7950 would be at the top end of your budget.
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February 2, 2013 10:55:03 PM

EricPCNoob said:
Hello! I am about ready to purchase my new motherboard and CPU, and I realized that after that upgrade, my GPU would be the weakest part of my system, and would have to upgrade it. So, should I get another one and put it in SLI or get a newer better one?

So, here is what my new set up will be-

CPU- Intel i7 3770k (new, ~230$ @ Microcenter)
MOBO- MSI Z77A-G45 1155 ATX (New, ~100$ @ Microcenter)
RAM- 8 GB (4x2) DDR3 1333mhz
GPU- EVGA gtx 550ti 1GB (OC to 1.1ghz)
HDD- Seagated 7200rpm 1TB
PSU- Coolermaster 500w PSU

So SLI the 550ti (Mobo has x2 PCIe 3.0x16 slots, will use those) or get a new GPU. If i get a new GPU, the 550ti will run nVidia physX (Or I'll give it to a friend). I dont know how to set that up, but I'm sure I can figure it out.

For the new GPU, if I should buy one, will have a 200-300$ budget. I won't get it right after the CPU and MoBo upgrade, but later, so it will be a nVidia 7xx or AMD 8xxx GPU. I will be getting a new PSU, my current one scares me :( 

So, get a new GPU or SLI my 550ti? My thoughts were to SLI the 550ti because 2 older 140$ GPU's will perform hopefully as well as a newer 200$ GPU.

What do you think I should do? SLI will be cheaper, but the new GPU will most likely perform better. Not sure what to do. I could wait a year or two and save up ALOT of money and get a top of the line GPU then.

Thank you!


Hi - I wouldn't risk SLI on that Crappermaster PSU
it does deliver 500w tho
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February 3, 2013 12:42:51 AM

Hey,

I would not sli two gtx550ti's, instead get a gtx660ti. Two gtx550ti's might give you slightly better fps in some cases, but a single gtx660ti would use less power. It also has more memory, and with a single card you avoid potential driver issues, micro-stuttering among other things. Or as you mentioned in your post you could wait for the next generation of GPU's. I also agree with your choice to get a new PSU :D 

Hope this helps!
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February 3, 2013 12:53:28 AM

NEW!! Get a radeon 7870 or a 7950. Your current psu should be able to handle these cards so you can save money there.
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