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Possible upgrade to Current rig; GTX 560 Ti SLi or GTX 680

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hello all,

I was starting to get bored with my current rig until I started trolling/joined OCN and participated in some OCing. My question is would I be able to run 560 Ti x2 2GB efficiently without my current CPU bottle-necking the GPUs.

I am running a E8500 @ 3.60, EVGA NF 780i mobo, 8gb ddr2 800 ram, and TT 850W PSU +{ the current gpu 9800 GTX}

I was not sure about how the cpu would be effected or gpus effected [with upgrading to the 2x 560 Ti and maintaining the E8500 ] and if this was the case would it be not worth it to upgrade the GPUs and then just upgrade the cpu, ram, and mobo.

Major uses for the computer: BF3, D3, LoL, dual screens for working

Then the next question for those uses on a computer would the GTX 560 Ti x2 2GB or the 680 x1 be a better fit.

Also thanks in advance. smile.gif

i was trying to locate the bottle-necking information in a previous thread but was unable to find a specific instance.
 
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you'd probably get a bottle neck with either setup, a cd2 is too old for anything beyond a single 560 ti really. BF3 is really heavy on the cores and a non-hyper threaded dual core would almost certainly be a massive bottle neck.

what to do for your $500: new solid z77 board, 3570k, radeon 6870 and 8 gigs of ddr3.

board: about $100
cpu:about $200
gpu: about $150
ram:about $40

this would be a solid build to last for awhile


then turn your current rig into an htpc or something
Edited by jrl1357 - 5/9/12 at 2:09pm
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DO NOT go SLI with that board and proc and newer powerful GPU's like 560ti's.

There's three reasons I say this. 1 is because SLI adds a pretty hefty CPU overhead by it's very nature, which is counter-productive to your situation. 2 is because when your processor is tapped out, you tend to get microstutter in SLI. 3 is because a single card provides a much smoother gameplay experience at lower FPS levels (which you may often have because your proc isn't that fast). 45 fps on a SLI rig 'feels' about like 30-35 fps on a single GPU rig. Your chip will have a pretty easy time reaching 30fps on just about anything still, but there's quite a few more modern games where it'd struggle to push 45 fps.

Thus, all told, your lack of CPU power is going to be WAY less annoying with a single card.

If you want to be able to bump up your settings nicely from what you can do now with your 9800GTX, I'd go with something like a single 470/570/480/6950/6970 at most. You'll still get a BN in some situations, but it won't be THAT bad, and at least you can bump up the settings to give the card more work to do. Anything higher though like a 670/680 or a SLI 560ti setup and you're going to be getting so much less than the expected FPS so much of the time that it's going to get very frustrating.
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Once you get a board and everything I would go with a single 680 instead of 2 560s but this might be a bit more expensive.

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Thanks for your replies!

looks like I am going to go with an upgrade of the cpu[ivy bridge - most likely], mb[z77], and ram[DDR3] for now and down the road pick up a powerful single gpu to complete the system. biggrin.gif
 
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Thanks for your replies!
looks like I am going to go with an upgrade of the cpu[ivy bridge - most likely], mb[z77], and ram[DDR3] for now and down the road pick up a powerful single gpu to complete the system. biggrin.gif

Good Luck m8 thumb.gif
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