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Ok, so i've been toying with my new rig for a few weeks now, and am pretty happy with it. I've got it all hooked up to surround sound, the big arse tv, etc. My question is, would a second GTX460(fermi) be worth it? i'm not a major gamer by any sense, i do like to play some computer games i.e. Black Ops, Need for Speed, and a few others, so graphics are important, and even more important, its my central piece of equipment in my entertainment center, including running all my Blu Ray movies. Now @ $175, is it worth buying a second card and sli them together? will i see that much of a noticable difference to justify the purchase? or would i be better off just buying a beefier card all together?
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I think that if you got a great deal on a 460 for sli then it would be worth it.

You're not going to notice a dirrerance on the desktop or while watching movies, but you will get a fram-rate improvement while gaming and should be able to 'crank' up the settings a bit.

if you got $$ to burn, it's always preferrable to have a fast single card than 2 mediocrer cards together.
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Yes you should by a 2nd card you will notice alot smoother game with better texture, My friend on this forum has 2 460's and he started off with one and he hasnt stoped raving about how much better it was in sli and how much smoother his games are and how his fps are now 1/3 better than before

Edit: hit the wrong key god damn sticky keys
Edited by ryanbob1234 - 6/14/11 at 4:35pm
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Where are you located? If in USD then I would say no $175 is not a good deal at all,

, that would be a good deal. Outside of USD I can't help too much, not very good at other markets.

EDIT: Ryan I hope you friend is running that third on for PhysX (and folding on all three to boot )and doesn't think that he is running tri SLI.

EDIT 2: I found a much better deal on a similar card to the one I recommended (thanks to sizzle) it's this MSI 460 1Gb Hawk Talon attack, which has a great cooler and is factory overclocked pretty high. It is a smoking deal.
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You will see a noticeable difference but if you aren't gaming centered then you could always wait for later generations of cards and upgrade when you find a game that needs upgrading for.
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EDIT: Ryan I hope you friend is running that third on for PhysX (and folding on all three to boot )and doesn't think that he is running tri SLI.
I just relised I put 3 ment to put 2 if he had 3 I know this much his floor would be white lol, in saying that he has just spent £500 on a new case lol

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great, thanks all for the quick and informative replies. survey says while yes, i would get better fps while gaming, it wont effect my movie watching. while i love to game, they are pretty smooth to me already. Im mainly looking for better video quality. so i think ill just keep my eyes foward for better cards down the road.
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great, thanks all for the quick and informative replies. survey says while yes, i would get better fps while gaming, it wont effect my movie watching. while i love to game, they are pretty smooth to me already. Im mainly looking for better video quality. so i think ill just keep my eyes foward for better cards down the road.
You can tweak your video settings in the NV control panel. A 460 should be more than adequate to handle any kind of movie playback flawlessly.
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Depends on what you play. If you play COD type games a single 460 is more than enough. If you want to play Crysis 1/2 on high/max settings, 460 SLI would be the way to go. Probably not worth it if your just playing the games you mentioned.
    
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Wait till Newegg has an Open box deal. 460's can go for $100-$110.
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