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My rig is my sig rig (GTS 450), and i am thinking of my upgrade options

First: I only play at 1680 x 1050, and i usually dont even use AA (hell, i only play 1 game; gta iv). I want to attain more fps with mods (such as textures, enp, etc)

Here my options
Another gts 450 for sli (save $$, best bang for $$ i believe)

2) a GTX 460 for SLI (is it even possible?). Bit more expensive, but may be worth it.

3) Save up for 3-4 months and get a gtx 560 or 570. (Msot likely overkill)

I'm a average gamer What would you guys do? (

NOTE; MY PSU IS ONLY 620W
Edited by Blazing angel - 4/30/11 at 9:26am
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450s in SLI should be enough to run most games at 1050p. I would say if you can get another 450 for dirt cheap go for it. A 620w power supply is enough to run 450 SLI. A 560 is on par with 450 SLI, so you can save up and buy that instead, but it would cost a lot more than just SLI'ing your 450.
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450s in SLI should be enough to run most games at 1050p. I would say if you can get another 450 for dirt cheap go for it. A 620w power supply is enough to run 450 SLI. A 560 is a bit stronger than 450 SLI, so you can save up and buy that instead, but it would cost a lot more than just SLI'ing your 450.
Now to choose which one. My current low end evga oc'd to 934mhz fan's ticking me off
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If the fan noise is a issue, a 560 would be much quieter. You can even buy a MSI 560 Hawk and the noise is almost non-existent!

edit: whoops, meant 560 not 570 Although a TF3 570 is quiet also. I wouldn't buy a 570 for that resolution though. 560 is kind of already a bit overkill.
Edited by LivingChampion - 4/29/11 at 7:25pm
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Boom ... done:

Sapphire Now Makes a $139.99 version of the HD5850

This product is, bar none, the greatest deal going on in the GPU world today. I want to buy one even though I don't need it ... just because it's such a crazy good deal.

Other than being 2 inches shorter, feature-wise it's the same as all the other non-reference 5850's, but it only supports 2-gpu crossfire, not tri/quad-fire. According to the newegg reviews, they run really cool/quiet as well.

I rocked 2x5850's for about 6 months around this time last year. They are very powerful cards.

At this price, it's not much more than another 450 would cost, it's very similar performance to two 450's, and you can sell your existing 450 to recoup a bunch of the cost ... and you'll still have an upgrade path if you ever get a bigger monitor. And lastly, you never have to worry about SLI not being supported, nor about microstutter.

Way smarter than getting SLI 450's, IMHO.
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I'd say get another 450 for sli, it should be enough for your needs or else wait a few months and get a better single card.
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Now, its either a new cooler for my cpu, or a gts 450. While playing games with my current cooler, the cpu reaches 65C @ 3.8 GHZ. If i get a h60 or nh d14, i can easily overclock to higher (like 4,2). Hmm
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You can't SLI the 450 with a 460.
So its either getting another 450 or something else.

A 450 will cost today around the 100$. So if you get to sell yours for about 60$, you can go with the 5850, which performs a bit less than sli-450s, but cost about 140$, and still a very good card.

Personally for this, I would wait a bit longer, until the next series card will be announced or more rumors are out, people will start to sell their cards and you can grab a second hand 450 for a good price.

Micro-stutter issue is a bit over-rated, and if you plan to play with almost no AA, you shouldn't be worried about it.

Your 650w can easily handle a couple of 450s or a 5850.
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I would go for the 560 ti hawk edition if u are able to....it'd be perfect for you. Something better able to handle more current games, and down the road you could always grab another one of those.
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