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post #11 of 48
get another one I love my three gtx 470. If possible, go water
post #12 of 48
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As cheap as 470's are right now, it would make sense to pick up another one. I have seen them go here in the markeplace for less then $200 each.

If you do decide to pick up a second, i would absolutely buy it used, or open box. No sense in paying full retail price when there is plenty of good used cards floating around.
this is right..if you want a performance boost with just a low budget campaign well go scout for used cards..i bought my second card at around 175$ used for just 4 months..the previous user upgraded to a GTX 570..lolx..
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just picked up myself a nice EVGA GTX 470 used for 200 on OCN.

Clocks to 800MHz without a sweat.

Go for it
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post #14 of 48
Chances are, by the time BF3 officially releases, you'll be able to find 470's for even less. Generally speaking, with only a handful of exceptions, tech prices only really go downward over time anyway. So unless you're hurting for performance now, you're probably better off waiting and saving some money over the long term. Worst case scenario, you pay the same price later as you do today.
     
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Yeah but then you won't have 470s in SLI for all that time

I would only go GF100 SLI if you were planning to water cool. Heat can be an issue with these cards, and I'd imagine your top card won't clock very well because of it.

The problem is your card is only going to sell for about $180-$200 right now, and there is nothing you can buy for less than $300 new that is going to beat it outside maybe the 6950 unlocked.

The other problem is even if you went to say a 570 for $300+ the performance different between it and your 470 (assuming it clocks well) isn't going to be worth the cost difference imo. That leaves the 580 which is an awesome card, with an incredible price tag.

Personally I'd get a 470 now, then start reading up on water cooling as it can turn these GF100 cards into different beasts with awesome temps and very high overclocks.

A custom GPU only loop would probably cost $320 or so I'd say for something decent.
    
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post #16 of 48
get a 2nd 470, but don't watercool. if you are willing to spend $500 right now on WC + another 470, sell your 470 for $200 and spend your $700 on a better (aircooled) setup.

WC is terrible performance increase per dollar spent over modern heat pipe air cooling. also, add in the risk of destroying hardware with water and the implied costs are even higher.
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post #17 of 48
Just do it already.

No sense in playing the waiting game. You'll always be waiting.

If you've got the cash, and the upgrade fever, then do it. 470 SLI will treat you VERY well on your setup, and your PSU is MORE than up to the challenge of even Tri SLI.
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post #18 of 48
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get a 2nd 470, but don't watercool. if you are willing to spend $500 right now on WC + another 470, sell your 470 for $200 and spend your $700 on a better (aircooled) setup.

WC is terrible performance increase per dollar spent over modern heat pipe air cooling. also, add in the risk of destroying hardware with water and the implied costs are even higher.
$500 is a bit extreme don't you think?

Besides that 470s can be beasts, even on air they can exceed what you can get from a 6990. Under water they don't have any of the GF100 draw backs expect power consumption and are screaming fast.

Water isn't about price vs performance, the 470s for $180 + $90 block = $270 ea. and are effectively as fast as any 6970s on air and produce less noise/heat doing it.

You can destroy your hardware in much the same way with water as you can just generally being dumb.
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post #19 of 48
Get another 470, they are still very strong and will be for some time to come.

Plus they are dirt cheap too.
    
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lol that avatar is epic
    
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