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Ok, so Christmas is coming up and I will be getting some money, but not much so I was wondering if 2 2GB 550ti cards would be able to max out BF3 at 1920x1080. I am asking because I do not have the money to get a $300+ video card and I would never hear the end of it from my parents if I did rolleyes.gif 2 ~$150 cards over time would be much more realistic for me. Here are the cards I am looking at: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162079 Is it worth it? I'm guessing 2 550's would be about equal to a 570? Specs of my rig are in my signature.
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Save the money and get the 300 card after you got the cash, you might not like how glitchy SLi can be. This is speaking from experience, when it works man its bad arse.. but when when it goes sideways man.. It would drive you nuts.
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Ok, so Christmas is coming up and I will be getting some money, but not much so I was wondering if 2 2GB 550ti cards would be able to max out BF3 at 1920x1080. I am asking because I do not have the money to get a $300+ video card and I would never hear the end of it from my parents if I did rolleyes.gif 2 ~$150 cards over time would be much more realistic for me. Here are the cards I am looking at: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162079 Is it worth it? I'm guessing 2 550's would be about equal to a 570? Specs of my rig are in my signature.

SLI is a pain to work although your cards are working at half rate. but it is really glitchy in some games, I would really recommend a 3gb 580 or a 1.25gb 570, a 560 with 2gb isnt right you know, its to much for the card.
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Wow, I didn't know SLI was such a pain... anyone else have any input?
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I don't really recommend 2 550's if you can afford a single 570 for a bit more or even the same price, get rid of the SLI hassles, and keep path open for better SLIing options in the future.

2 GTS 450's with 1 GB VRAM are more than enough to run BF3 in ultra @ 1080p in single player, and up to 8 players in multiplayer. No need for extra VRAM, nor a card that is midrange. Also, 2 450's are between the GTX 460 and the GTX 560 Ti performance, 2 550 Ti's might be closer or maybe on par with the 560 Ti, but they do not beat the GTX 570, even with extra VRAM.

I'd say save up a bit more and buy a 2.5 GB GTX 570. 3 GB 580 might be a bit overkill, but if you can afford it, by all means do it.
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I don't really recommend 2 550's if you can afford a single 570 for a bit more or even the same price, get rid of the SLI hassles, and keep path open for better SLIing options in the future.
2 GTS 450's with 1 GB VRAM are more than enough to run BF3 in ultra @ 1080p in single player, and up to 8 players in multiplayer. No need for extra VRAM, nor a card that is midrange. Also, 2 450's are between the GTX 460 and the GTX 560 Ti performance, 2 550 Ti's might be closer or maybe on par with the 560 Ti, but they do not beat the GTX 570, even with extra VRAM.
I'd say save up a bit more and buy a 2.5 GB GTX 570. 3 GB 580 might be a bit overkill, but if you can afford it, by all means do it.

I plan to play 32-64 player multiplayer, I don't really ever play singleplayer. I guess I'm just going to get a 570 because I can't afford a 580. I will just wait until the price drops then pick up a 570. The only two 570's I like are the ASUS DCII one and the MSI Twin Frozer III one, which is better?
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I plan to play 32-64 player multiplayer, I don't really ever play singleplayer. I guess I'm just going to get a 570 because I can't afford a 580. I will just wait until the price drops then pick up a 570. The only two 570's I like are the ASUS DCII one and the MSI Twin Frozer III one, which is better?

For that many players, the 550's will probably run out of muscle power before VRAM unless you tone the graphics down a LOT. It happened with my 450's, i ran out of VRAM and that was with low-med graphics on a 48-player match. Probably my CPU was greatly bottlenecking as well, but still...

Both are pretty good cards with superb cooling solutions and improved VRM's over stock, the issue would be if you'd like a card take 3 slots off your case (the Asus would), causing to limit or void your future SLIing options. But if you plan to just go single card until Kepler (or until Nvidia releases something worthwhile), you can go with any.
   
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For that many, the 550's will probably run out of muscle power before VRAM unless you tone the graphics down a LOT.
Both are pretty good cards with superb cooling solutions and improved VRM's over stock, the issue would be if you'd like a card take 3 slots off your case (the Asus would), causing to limit or void your future SLIing options. But if you plan to just go single card until Kepler (or until Nvidia releases something worthwhile), you can go with any.

I can fit two DCII's no problem, but I will most likely just stick with one because of the price... I will most likely just get a DCII because I love how it looks and that it will stay cool and quiet. Thanks for the help and expanding my knowledge biggrin.gif
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Not sure where this "SLI is hard" mantra is coming from. It's dead easy and works in literally almost everything. There might be the odd new game where you need to wait two weeks for drivers, but I can't actually think of any recently. AMD seems to have that problem much more frequently.

That said, SLI of two low-end cards is never a good idea. GTX 560 SLI should be your minimum for SLI. Otherwise, get a 560 Ti for $200 after rebate and overclock it. Then pick up a used one for less.
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$300 - go for the new GTX 560Ti 448 if you can find one. Fry's Electronics had them for $289. They are in between a GTX 560Ti and GTX 570 in performance.

Here is a review you can read regarding all the specs. It's basically on a GF110 board with more shaders than the GTX 560Ti with 1.2GB VRAM which is going to be enough on your single 1920x1080p monitor. Most performance for your budget and a single card. It's a very limited run so if your thinking of SLI'ing later down the road it won't be possible. They expect to run out in a couple of months.

Just some food for thought.

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