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  • 36% (11)
    Yes
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    No - Wait for Keplar
  • 10% (3)
    No - Not needed
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post #1 of 21
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Hey Guys,


The Day has Come, the exact same GPU as the one i bough is on sale for 199.99 I got paid today and there is Limited quantities so i need a decision quick.

Currently my system is a i5 2500k clocked to 4.2 ghz, P67 UD4-B3 Gigabyte motherboard, 750watt Corsair TX PSU, i have enough additional cables for another 560Ti. 8gb Ram, and a single 560Ti OC gigabyte. I also run a single 21.5" monitor at 1980x1080 resolution in games.

I'm considering getting the exact same card because it just went on sale for the price i got my first one and from what i've seen with the 460 the prices never get that low even when they are replaced.

Few things to consider tho, is it worth it. I've seen charts and FPS benchmarks for the games i like and it does seem worth it. I should be able to play BF3 on ultra compared to High ( on a single GPU), And i already play Skyrim, DOW2 and SC2 on ultra so no change there just more frames i guess but nothing noticeable.

How ever I've heard about shuttering, and problems with drivers and getting it set up and people always recommending single GPU's. Are these rumors valid should i not bother all together and save my 250$(tax and shipping from 199).

I'm also interested about keplar, originally i was going to wait and sell my current GPU and go to the 770ish series when it comes out, but no specs have been released yet. However if they are anything like the ATI card they should be good but they use PCI 3.0, and i only have 2.0.

On that note i had seen that using PCI 3.0 didn't make a difference with the ATI card and are backward compatible with 2.0. Can this be confirmed?

Also BF3 since it is so sensitive to OC, i assume that since the card like my current card is OC'd i would have issues with the voltage being too low and causing the nvidea drivers to crash, I've raised the voltage by 12mv and it seems to have solved the problem and from what I've read i can clock both cards at the same time, so would this not be an issue and if it is could i just increase the voltage on both cards.

As for power, i've read that i should be fine with 750watts, is this true, if not then i won't bother SLI'ing.

So it really comes down to Can i easily get Kepler or will i have to get a new motherboard, in which case i should get a new CPU like the Ivy bridge, which also means new Ram, so pretty much a brand new computer. Or Should i just SLI and get a year out of the system then look at upgrades in 2013?

I know this is probably a Noobish question, but I am still learning so any suggestions would be appreciated
 
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post #2 of 21
750w will be fine.

I think you should buy the second 560ti and not wait for Keplar. However, this is only because you already have a 560ti not because Keplar isn't worth waiting for. If you didn't have any decent GPU currently I would say wait. It all comes down to how much you're willing to lose on replacing "obsolete" hardware.
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post #3 of 21
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If i waited for Kepler i would sell my 560ti to my brother for maybe 120-180 since he is rocking a 9800gt still with a Q9400 quad core so i won't be losing the full price of a card I'm just worried if i wait and find that i can't use Kepler on PCI 2.0 or that it isn't worth using on 2.0 that I will have to upgrade a lot where now i can get the performance close to a 580 for a extra 200$ and not have to worry about upgrading for the next year or so.
 
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post #4 of 21
The Kepler card you upgrade to would have to be more than twice as fast as a 580 for the PCIe3 vs PCIe2 to have any meaningful effect, and PCIe3 is backwards compatible. You don't need a new CPU or motherboard or RAM or anything else, you would just have to wait ~months for Kepler. I would wait for Kepler if you do not absolutely need more performance right now, as your money will get you better performance then.
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post #5 of 21
I would say get another 560ti and go SLI.

Btw PCI-E 3 cards are and will be backwards compatible and amds 77xx series arent nearly as powerful as a 560ti.
    
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post #6 of 21
I am pretty much in agreement.
If you have a 560 Ti already get a second...
if you plan on going Kepler, get one that equals 2 560s.

nvidias scale really well when in SLI... and they constantly update the SLi profiles to improve them.
    
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post #7 of 21
It's hard to say since we don't know what Kepler will be like but I would go for the SLI. It made a world of difference after I bought my 2nd 560ti. It will be a little better than 1 580 so to get that performance from Kepler you will probably have to throw down some serious $$$. This will give you a nice performance jump for not much $! Oh and I am running mine off a 750w psu.
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Currently my system is a i5 2500k clocked to 4.2 ghz, P67 UD4-B3 Gigabyte motherboard, 750watt Corsair TX PSU, i have enough additional cables for another 560Ti. 8gb Ram, and a single 560Ti OC gigabyte. I also run a single 21.5" monitor at 1980x1080 resolution in games.
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Welcome to OCN. You should fill out your system under Rig Builder so we can all see your system. But from the sounds of it... you're on the right track.

How much juice you putting through that chip?
    
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post #9 of 21
Sli makes sense financially since you add to your investment in the 560, and don't relegate it by purchasing faster hardware. Your proc should be fast enough to deal with it with or without the OC. Other games such as Shogun Total war will also be able to eat up the additional power provided in the sli.
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post #10 of 21
I'd wait for Keplar. I'm looking forward to what is looking to be a true 1 GPU solution that will run complete max settings at 1920x1080 and 1920x1200 for at least a while.

I like my two 560s, but there is just enough annoyance (which admittedly is a little) with waiting for/editing SLI profiles and the rare game that doesn't work well in SLI that I can't wait to pop in one card and forget about it.
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