Originally Posted by bob808
It's very possible to get better price/performance with a sli/crossfire setup as shown in the fine example above. One thing to consider is future upgradability. Once you have 2x460's (I actually bought 2x460 se for $100 each recently for my last build) you pretty much have to scrap them to upgrade.
On the other hand, if you have a 580, you could always get another one later (if your board supports SLI).
I have to admit I am a sucker for dual-gpu systems. It just looks bad@ss
Another thing to consider is that sli/crossfire can sometimes be flakey, sometimes actually getting worse performance than just one of the cards, and we cannot forget microstudder.
My advice would to get the best single card solution you can afford so you dont have to deal with the headaches.
1.I've noticed that in a lot of forum's I regular, a lot of people are talking other people out of getting a SLI/CFX build. I can't count how many people have a HD5850 or GTX470 and ask "should I SLI/SCF?" Out the blue everyone says "No, just upgrade to another new GPU". It makes me
2. I've had a 7300 GT sli build and my current desktop is a 8600GTS SLI build and I've NEVER had any issues with it. I can't even say "heat" is an issue because, my Sunbeam transformer
case is large enough and cooled enough to squash that "issue".
3. I will admit 2 or more GPU's just fill a case so nicely. It's like that skinny girl that grew over the summer from an A-Cup to a Full C cup and you can't keep your eyes off of her. Because her rack fills that upper body so nicely
Lastly I planned on spending $162 on ebay just to get Triple HD5770's. They're so cheap and I've read that 3x 5770's are at the heels of a 5970. To me $162 for that kind of performance is well worth it for my Triple LCD, 3840X1024 gaming (without bezel correction).
So I say go for it.