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hey all,

My system is as follows

i5 2500k @ 4.6
ASRock Extreme 4 Gen3
16gig Ripjaws X (Blue)

GTX 460 SE ( OCd)

My question is this.

How and where should I invest my money to upgrade my video? I've overclocked my 460 SE to 860 1865 1700. I've seen a 10% increase in performance since the overclock.

I play SWTOR and I get decent to good frame rates 60+ when in low population areas. But once i get into the heavy populated areas I see a framerate decrease. I'd like to keep a solid 60+ throughout the entire game.

As for my budget I don't want to spend to much. around $400 max. That $400 would be pushing the limit. If that amount could gain me what Im looking for I'd be happy. But if there is an alternative at a lower budget and provide the performance I'm looking for would be ideal.

Im willing to overclock my cards to reach said performance.

What I'm not sure about, because i don't get a chance to use or test multiple video cards. Is that should I look for a couple $150-$200 cards and SLI or do I buy a $300-$400 single card?

Or where can I find some good benchmarks of SLI vs Non-SLI.

I'm just trying to find the best bang for my buck while getting my desired performance.

Thanks in advance for any and all input.
post #2 of 5
Check out Toms Hardware's monthly article "best gpu for the money", best resource I've found for this topic.

I would go with a nice GTX 570.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fastest-graphics-card-radeon-geforce,3067-5.html
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swtor is a online game correct?
The lowered frame rates may be partially due to the fact of it being an internet game and there server not being able to handle the information

Now for the video card, you are always better to go with a non sli card. If you buy a single more expensive card you may have a little less performance than if you sli'd but come a few years from now you can buy another card and not be stuck.

Also some games do not support sli very well, so my opinion would be to go with
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125382

It has a stock overclock higher than almost every single stock overclocked gtx580
And you can run it in 3-way sli if you ever wanted to.

Hope this helps
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for benchmarks..i'd look @ furmark scores..make sure the numbers of gpus is 2..
 
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Originally Posted by z28chevycamaro View Post

swtor is a online game correct?
The lowered frame rates may be partially due to the fact of it being an internet game and there server not being able to handle the information
Now for the video card, you are always better to go with a non sli card. If you buy a single more expensive card you may have a little less performance than if you sli'd but come a few years from now you can buy another card and not be stuck.
Also some games do not support sli very well, so my opinion would be to go with
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125382
It has a stock overclock higher than almost every single stock overclocked gtx580
And you can run it in 3-way sli if you ever wanted to.
Hope this helps

The frame rate drops aren't from latency. Its the fact that the GPU can't process that many static textures.

Nearly all recent video games online or not support SLI very well. SWTOR is still Beta yes but I know a GPU upgrade will improve any game. Online games test GPU heavily.

The card you suggested was one of the cards I was interested in.

The thing is with these pre-overclocked GPUs can they be overclocked more? Can I take a non-overclocked and OC it more than a factory OC?
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