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    sli or not

    My son-in-law wants me to build him a good gaming rig. I picked 2 gtx 560's.
    But I wonder if the fsp 850 watt is enuf for them along with a dvd burner, 240g ssd, i7-2600 cpu,2 case fans, and a zalman 9500?
    Is it better nowdays to go with a single vid card?
    Anybody care to comment?
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    Re: sli or not

    Quote Originally Posted by nova6 View Post
    My son-in-law wants me to build him a good gaming rig. I picked 2 gtx 560's.
    But I wonder if the fsp 850 watt is enuf for them along with a dvd burner, 240g ssd, i7-2600 cpu,2 case fans, and a zalman 9500?
    Is it better nowdays to go with a single vid card?
    Anybody care to comment?
    I guess it depends whether to go SLI or not...

    What types of games and/or what specific games is he looking to play ?

    What resolution would you be pushing with the GPU's ?

    And yes, the PSU should support that rig (SLI or not) just fine


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    Re: sli or not

    lol single video card system

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    Re: sli or not

    I think if it were me and I was going to spend upwards of $500 (roughly the cost of two 560's) in the graphics department, I'd just pick up one 680 instead. I haven't read a single benchmark review yet of the 680, but I'm pretty sure it's still faster than 2 560's in SLI.

    Edit: Ok, I did some reading and from what I can see, depending on resolutions, 2 560's in SLI are fairly close in performance to 1 680. The review I looked at though was testing the non 448 core 560's in SLI, so if you were to have 2 448 core 560's in SLI, I can see them being even faster than the 680. A 448 core 560 is about 12% faster than the regular 560. The cheapest 448 core 560 TI at Newegg right now is about $250 with shipping too, and unlike the 680's, they are in stock.

    Another edit! I see that you can now pick up a regular 560ti for $180 each shipped at Newegg. Though there are rebates involved, personally this is the way I'd go. For about $360 you'll have the performance of a card that is over $140 more.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814162074
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    Re: sli or not

    Thanks for all the replys. I don't know what games he plays. His old system is just that ...OLD
    I'm trying to keep it under 1500 so it looks like we will make it under budget.
    Thanks again
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    Re: sli or not

    Quote Originally Posted by nova6 View Post
    Thanks for all the replys. I don't know what games he plays. His old system is just that ...OLD
    I'm trying to keep it under 1500 so it looks like we will make it under budget.
    Thanks again
    Well there are a couple of things to consider first: 1) what resolution does he play at? If its anything less than 1080p, SLI is probably overkill. 2) Does he want to game on multiple monitors(surround/eyefinity)? If yes, then he either needs an ATI card or SLI.

    Lastly, how demanding of a gamer is he? A 560 SLI setup will probably net him somewhere around a GTX580 level of performance for ~$350. The alternative might be to settle for a GTX 560 Ti for around $20 more than an individual 560 at ~$200. This will play pretty much everything out there at 1080p with respectable/high settings and be $150 less than a 560 SLI setup. It also offers the potential to expand to SLI if you can acquire a second 560 Ti down the road. My guess is, on a total budget of $1500 and coming from an OLD computer, saving 10% of the budget and going with the 560 Ti will still be a huge upgrade.


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    Re: sli or not

    Another option. Geforce GTX 570 for $255 at Amazon.

    http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-GeFor...tag=slickdeals

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    Re: sli or not

    Hi, I am the son-in-law in question. The games I play include WoW and any other mostly current MMO. With my current system I play on resolution 1680x1050 and get framerates of 30-60 for the most part. I have a single vid card that was up to date maybe 5 yrs ago and a dual core 2.2g system with 4g of ram. We're looking to update this system and stay under about $1500. I think we're pretty close to what will do the trick. Thanks all for the replies.

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    Re: sli or not

    Quote Originally Posted by einstein67 View Post
    Hi, I am the son-in-law in question. The games I play include WoW and any other mostly current MMO. With my current system I play on resolution 1680x1050 and get framerates of 30-60 for the most part. I have a single vid card that was up to date maybe 5 yrs ago and a dual core 2.2g system with 4g of ram. We're looking to update this system and stay under about $1500. I think we're pretty close to what will do the trick. Thanks all for the replies.
    In that case, 560 Ti is probably more card than you'll need for a few years to come


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    Re: sli or not

    What are the more gpu intensive pc games out there right now? And would 2 560 Ti in SLI do the trick for them?

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    Re: sli or not

    I would say one of the most graphics intensive games out right now is BF3 on ultra settings. My system (oc'd 460's in sli) runs this game just fine on high/ultra settings at 1680x1050. I would think two 560's in SLI would easily be able to run it at your current res. in ultra and even would be fine if you ever got a 1080p monitor. Honestly from what it sounds like even one 560ti would work for you. I'd go that route and then only run SLI if you see the need.

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    Re: sli or not

    From my own personal experience, I would recommend anyone with a +1000 upgrade budget to get a GTX 680. It's extremely fast, very energy efficient, and is honestly one of the best values out there right now, even with the deep discounts on GTX 570/580 graphics cards. I've found that all my games play much more smoothly on 1 GTX 680 vs. SLI GTX 570s, and the noise and power usage is much lower as well. The others are correct in that current games will play perfectly well on a single display with 2x GTX 560s, but for the $200 difference I would go for the GTX 680 myself.

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