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So I bought 2 EVGA GTX 460 SC for my old PC and it has a Gigabyte EP45T USB3P motherboard. I failed to check if it was SLI compatible and its not... Only XFire. So I want to return the two cards and get some ATI's. They were $150 each I think but after rebate they were $120 so I thought it was a good deal. Anyway I'll have about $280 to spend on 2 ATI cards. Suggestions please.
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Originally Posted by Sychodrama View Post
So I bought 2 EVGA GTX 460 SC for my old PC and it has a Gigabyte EP45T USB3P motherboard. My dumb @$$ didnt bother to check if it was SLI compatible and its not... Only XFire. So I want to return the two cards and get some ATI's. They were $150 each I think but after rebate they were $120 so I thought it was a good deal. Anyway I'll have about $280 to spend on 2 ATI cards. Suggestions please.
Buy a 6950.

You can't get close to 460 sli for $280 towards ATI. (hey, it rhymes.)

Just get a nice single high end card, save and bide your time to get another 6950 to get in on the incredible scaling these cards have.
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6850 but better.slightly depends.
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6850 but better.slightly depends.
6850 crossfire won't last very long as far as being future proof.

I recommend a single 6950 and another later on down the road.
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I am also suggesting the 6950 now, and saving a bit to get another 6950.
It will be ALOT more future-proof than 6850's.
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Perhaps you could look into the 'SLI Hack' for non-SLI boards?

I know it's 'possible' to run those cards in SLI on that board, but don't know what downsides there may be to using this hack.
    
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post #7 of 9
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Ya 6950 would be good but I'm not worried about future proof cuz I will be selling this pc. I just want it to look attractive to an average buyer. Two graphics cards kinda gives a wow factor don't you think? Or one 6950? See it's hard to ask you guys becuase most of you have above average pc knowledge.
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6850 crossfire won't last very long as far as being future proof.

I recommend a single 6950 and another later on down the road.
Huh?

6850 for CF would be fine for a long time to come.

4850 in CF still handle games splendidly.

Future-proofing is a misnomer, a paradox.

It's not a bad route to go for people who have a good PSU but only two PCI-E connectors and whom prefer not to use molex adapters.

@OP

The GTX460 equivalent lies closer to the 6870 of the AMD side of video cards, but a 6850 comes close in a many games and situations.

For slightly more power the 6870 CF would be an excellent solution versus 6850 CF. Either would suffice just as nicely.
    
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5850 CF or 6850 CF are about the same as 460 SLI at stock speed.
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