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I have a GTX 470 that is starting to seem a little dated- Games like Witcher 2, GTA liberty City Stories, etc- I'm wanting to bump stuff up on these games, with the new drivers, but the card is seeming to have a hard time keeping up.
470 GTX is still a very strong card ,i cant understand what do you mean by this .Maybe not with full AA and high settings but still should be disent performance.
Αnyway if you want to see some upgrade right now SLI is the best solution ,it will be like 1 580 GTX. But trully if i were you i would try to overlock the 470 just a little bit i dont know which model you have and wait until 6 series.
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I love my SLI 470's. But you need good case airflow, plus a board w/at least one empty space in between the cards (two is better) otherwise they'll run very warm/loud. They do tear up anything at 1920 resolution very nicely. They're considerably faster than a stock 580, for a lot less money (considering you already have one). In fact, with my cards at their max OC (855/1810) they perform within 12% of stock 580's in SLI.

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What do you mean dated ?

I played LCS with everything maxed (except shadows at high instead of very high) at 1080p and The Witcher 2 everything max/on (except ubersampling which kills even a GTX 580) without any issues whatsoever. Solid 45-50FPS average with a minimum of 35.

Maybe you should consider overclocking since both of those games don't make proper use of SLI.

Otherwise you could upgrade to a GTX 580 I guess but Kepler is right around the corner so it might not be worth it atm.
Both those games make proper use of SLI. The problem is that they have very high CPU demands (at least at certain parts), + SLI adds some CPU overhead vs. single card.

So when you add another card, FPS goes up, but this also increases the likelihood of CPU-bottlenecking on any given frame ... which in turns makes scaling not so great.
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470 GTX is still a very strong card ,i cant understand what do you mean by this .Maybe not with full AA and high settings but still should be disent performance.
Αnyway if you want to see some upgrade right now SLI is the best solution ,it will be like 1 580 GTX. But trully if i were you i would try to overlock the 470 just a little bit i dont know which model you have and wait until 6 series.
I didnt say my card couldnt run any of the games- I was saying that i wanted to turn on more bells and whistles, which seem to get my card struggling- and asked for suggestions- Thank you guys for the insight-
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I would really try and wait for Kepler if at all possible, I don't recommend people upgrading currently if they already have a powerful rig. Of course if you know that you want more power and are just asking us at OCN how, then 470 SLI is the way to go since you have part of the investment already, but if you're asking if it's a good time to upgrade I would say no.
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Being as the 470's can be had for good prices now, although they are getting harder to find new, it's an excellent cost/performance move.
I recently decided to pick up a second 480 which was at a good sale price, and I have no regrets. As has been mentioned, the scaling is excellent for these first-gen Fermi's.
    
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upgrading to 500 series is useless IMO unless you get a GTX 580 or wait for kelper if you can.
Plus an overclocked GTX 470 can strongly keep up with current games.
GTX 470 have very very low clocks which will bottleneck the card.
Nvidia just realized that and the difference between GTX 570/580 clocks only 40 MHz .
Actually if you can do it get a second card for SLI.
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SLI will give you the best results for the money.
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I made the mistake of not doing research on the games I played before going SLI and now I regret it

starcraft 2, atlantica online, combat arms ...lots of the older games have no support for SLI, and I lose performance if I don't disable it..

soooo if the games you play support it then thumbs up! better bang for buck than buying a better single card setup.
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I made the mistake of not doing research on the games I played before going SLI and now I regret it

starcraft 2, atlantica online, combat arms ...lots of the older games have no support for SLI, and I lose performance if I don't disable it..

soooo if the games you play support it then thumbs up! better bang for buck than buying a better single card setup.
this.. it can work well, but i'd stick to a single card. I think there'll always be good games that don't support SLI because it's not a standard.. a lot actually
Edited by nspeed - 6/15/11 at 3:45am
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I'm going to go SLI with another 470 guys- I don’t care about having the latest and greatest- With 2 kids, nowadays it’s about cost effectiveness/ functionality.

Thank you everyone for the input.
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