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Yo OCN!

Have a little bit of money to play with. Undecided if I should get another 570, a 680, or one of those 27" Korean IPS monitors. If I add another 570 cheaply, I would have to get a new mobo, as this one only supports xfire (damn microcenter impulse buy). Otherwise I'd pick up a 680+waterblock. Or I could keep the 570 and get one of those monitors. However, I'm leaning away from that option. Too risky for a student to gamble $350 on a poor build quality product. What would you do?

Thanks
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Yo OCN!
Have a little bit of money to play with. Undecided if I should get another 570, a 680, or one of those 27" Korean IPS monitors. If I add another 570 cheaply, I would have to get a new mobo, as this one only supports xfire (damn microcenter impulse buy). Otherwise I'd pick up a 680+waterblock. Or I could keep the 570 and get one of those monitors. However, I'm leaning away from that option. Too risky for a student to gamble $350 on a poor build quality product. What would you do?
Thanks

If you think that the monitor is too much of a gamble (as a student too, I don't blame you) I would go with the 680. The 570's in SLI might have a bit more raw horsepower, but since it wouldn't require you to get a new motherboard, and it's a single card setup...I'd say that it's the route to take.
    
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680 GTX or 7850/7870 Cfx
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get the single gtx 680 when one is available. makes no sense to get a new mobo just to run sli (unless you needed to upgrade your cpu as well, but you don't). you also avoid things like driver/game issues and potential micro-stutter.

edit: it looks like your current mobo has 2 pci-e slots. are you sure you can't run sli on it?
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Sli is not supported by that board and cannot be forced. My vote goes with getting a GTX 680. It will eat anything you can throw at it with a 1080p monitor.
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Hmm looks like I'm the devils advocate this time. I'd say go for the 27' monitor because right now whats the point when there is only 1 game that will actually utilize such power? I know you can easily call it future-proofing but then youu could say the same thing for the 27' display and who knows how long before the prices sky rocket? (I too am a student, but sometimes risk is worth the reward)
 
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Get the 27" monitor if you don't mind turning down your video settings in games. 2560x1440 is a lot more pixels to drive than 1080p, almost twice the amount.

If you want to max everything get the 680.

I wouldn't go 570 SLI since you would have to get a new motherboard just for that. That seems like an inefficient usage of your funds.
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Get the 27" monitor if you don't mind turning down your video settings in games. 2560x1440 is a lot more pixels to drive than 1080p, almost twice the amount.

If you want to max everything get the 680.

I wouldn't go 570 SLI since you would have to get a new motherboard just for that. That seems like an inefficient usage of your funds.

It may seem like a lot but I'm maxing Skyrim with my 570 at stock at 1200p. So I wouldn't think that a bit higher resolution would make that much of an impact.
 
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Neither of the 3 upgrades is very meaningful, performance wise:-

1. 27'' Korean monitor:- Putting the quality asides for a moment, upgrading to such a monitor will likely overwhelm a single GTX570. So, this 'forces' you to upgrade again soon

2. A second GTX570 for SLI:- It is confirmed that the P67 chipset cannot use a hack to make the SLI work. Even if one manages to make it work, that black PCIEx16 slot only operates at x4 and such a speed will put some limit to the performance.

3. GTX680+waterblock:- Your current single watercooled GTX570 matches well with your 1080p monitor. Upgrading to a GTX680 will bring performance increase which is not too noticeable in most situations. Only in a handful situations like BF3 MP 64-player map that you will reap the benefit. So, this upgrade is not too worthy, IMHO.


If it were me, I would:-
4. Save up the cash for something else, not necessarily computer related, as you a money conscious student.
If the money has to go into your already-fairly-balanced rig, the next upgrade could be from a 23'' to 27'' but with resolution 1920x1080 at 120Hz (eg the Samsung S27A950D).
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It may seem like a lot but I'm maxing Skyrim with my 570 at stock at 1200p. So I wouldn't think that a bit higher resolution would make that much of an impact.

In my experience it did.

For example I could play BF3 MP on Ultra at 1080p with my 6950 2GB. I got a Dell U2711 and had to change to custom settings with some things high and most medium.

I had to turn down the settings in Metro 2033 as well.

Skyrim was fine but I played the game with no texture mods, I was just running it vanilla.
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