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K both of my friends are running this single card, currently they have no need to upgrade it right now , we mostly just play black ops and bad company 2 .

Anyway the question is would investing in a second card and running them in sli a worth while upgrade , or should they go with a better single card solution , say a 560, or 570, or wait for the 6 series cards later this year?

They both would like to run the new games coming out this year like skyrim, and BF3 with no problems and atleast 40+ fps.

Thanks all , oh and ps, they are staying with nvidia, they wont switch to amd, simply because they have been nvidia since we were kids.
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Honestly I say stick with a single card easier and more compatible with everything. Since some games/programs still dont support SLI and some in future might not right away. I have seen so many issue with running multiple cards that its kinda got me off ever wanting to own them. I would rather just wait and get a single fast card over two slower cards. Being you do not get double performance anyways, it just makes sense to spend a bit more to get single card over cheaping out and going single to upgrade to another later. Since hardware comes out so fast by the time most get money to get the second card the next gen of cards is already out. If you bought a higher end card to start you would not need to worry so much about needing more GPU power to play the next set of future games coming out. Just my 2 cents hope it help a bit good day. Also on a side note I see so many who want to upgrade to SLI/CFX and have in your case GTX260s but are running slow CPUs and have minimum RAM for what they are doing. Most do not understand its not just GPU power that plays games well you need a balance. Not saying you don't already know that just throwing it out there. Kinda like my rig when I upgraded from a 8800GTS to a GTX460 I see almost no FPS gain in most application since my CPU is slow and I have little RAM to work with.
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Well one of them has an i7 , not a 6 series, and the other has a 965 BE , i think adding a second card they wont be bottle necked by their CPUs . Although as for the games we play SLI is supported and im pretty sure the games coming out this year will also support them being that they will be pretty demanding i think. Even crysis 2 eventually came out with their patch for direct x 11 , same with dragon age 2 , and both run SLI pretty decently. I am just wondering with their older cards will there be a significant jump in performance?

As for me just as an example, my 580 single gets around 37-40 fps in metro 2033 maxed out at my res of 1920x1200 , benches show that by adding a second 580 card even in 8x 8x i will get an average fps of 70-80 fps maxed out at my res. If they were to see similar performance upgrades by adding a second gtx 260 it would be worth it.

I am guessing that 2x gtx 260 , would equal maybe 1 570? not sure , one of the main reasons i ask is because they can get their current cards pretty cheap for around 180 bucks.
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id go sli. almost all modern games support sli. And albeit you wont get double performance, its pretty dang close. Id say about 180%-190% on modern gpus. Im not so sure how well the 2xx series scales. But the 5 series scales pretty well.
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They better not be blowing $180 on a GTX260. You can get a GTX470 for that price, and a 470 will beat 260 SLI.
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yeah for me i will be adding a second 580 in the fall when i can put my rig under water, by then the 580 will more than likely be around 450 or less. Or i might just sell my 580 and get 2 EVGA 3gb models , or even just go with the single model if it plays everything the way i want. I am really satisfied with my single 580 right now.

I dunno , if anyone knows how the 2x series scales in sli i would love to know, one of them might buy a 260 that is for sale from an OCN member right now if it is actually worth it.
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They better not be blowing $180 on a GTX260. You can get a GTX470 for that price, and a 470 will beat 260 SLI.
Ahhh i see thats all i was wondering, hmmm i will let them know .
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