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I have one of these cards and am very happy with it thus far. My birthday is coming up and my brother has stated he wanted to get me something for my rig. I was wondering with the limited budget ($120-$150) would it be worth it to grab another GTS 450 and SLI it or would it be worth it to just grab a GTX card?

I know a little about cards but not a great deal and I figured this was a great place to start biggrin.gif


Thanks for all the info in advance.
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TBH I'd grab a GTX card.

SLI 450's would increase performance forsure, but not all games scale well/micro stuttering, albeit just a tiny bit, is annoying.
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Most micro stuttering in SLI has been resolved. With your price range the best upgrade you could make was another 450, unless your going to pitch in a little extra yourself or have a couple people make it a joint gift. There is a good review here: http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gts-450-sli-review/
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Thank you all for the replies. I have done a little research on the subject but not a great deal. To be honest, if the budget was not a factor I would have a pair of GTX 590's. I will not be able to help any and that saddens me but the 450s have proven to be a decent set of cards thus far.

Thank you for the review Matthew I read it with a smile on my face biggrin.gif

My next question is: Is there a difference, besides length and price, in SLI bridges? I have been looking at this one http://www.evga.com/products/moreinfo.asp?pn=401-MB-0013-01&pwindow=features&family=Accessories%20-%20Hardware&sw= from EVGA which is the maker of my card. Will it work with my 450s or do I need another?

Thanks again for the help.
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Sell your card....buy a card from the classifieds.

And a SLI bridge is a SLI bridge.
 
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Sell your card....buy a card from the classifieds.


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Sell the card you currently own...

Then go to the classified section on this forum and buy a more powerful card.
 
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Yep I would also probably advise selling the current card and buying a new used card from the forums here. I would look for a 460, or higher like a 560ti (560 non ti is basically a 460 though FYI) which would be similar performance to 450SLI but with the benefits of being a single card and using less power and being cooler. Not to mention are you even sure your motherboard supports SLI, because if it did then it should have come with a bridge. Because it's your birthday here you go check out this card for a 460 and in your current price range, or if you can sell your 450 for around $70-80 then look for a 560ti.
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Thanks for the info guys. My motherboard does support SLI but I cannot find my box that it came in after moving numerous times. I would love to be able to sell this card and purchase another. However, with funds being as tight as they are now I would be hard pressed to be able to do so. That's why I was asking about the 450s in SLI because I already have one and my brother was going to buy me another.

My question is would it be worth it to just tell my brother to give me the $120 or so another 450 would cost, buy another monitor, wait till I have the appropriate funds and purchase a 460 or a 560 ti?
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post #10 of 13
In terms of your bridge question any SLI bridge will work - provided its long enough. You can run into issues with rigid bridges that could be too short or too long unless designed for your board, the bridge you linked is flexible and therefore suited for many different makes and models. Ill leave the advice on what to buy and from where to the community smile.gif PM me if you need anything else.
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