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I would appreciate any thoughts on my current problem, the problem is that I am currently in the process of upgrading my main rig and I will be reusing my current GTX480 as my GPU, what I was wondering is it worth getting another GTX480 and building an SLI setup as I can get one new for not much money or waiting until I can afford a single moden high power GPU ( this will not be until the middle of next year ).

Most of my gaming and video work is only done at 1920x1080 but I am thinking of adding another smaller screen at a later date, the machine will be based on a i7 CPU but I am still not sure on which platform yet.

Any thoughts on this quandry would be helpful.
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I would appreciate any thoughts on my current problem, the problem is that I am currently in the process of upgrading my main rig and I will be reusing my current GTX480 as my GPU, what I was wondering is it worth getting another GTX480 and building an SLI setup as I can get one new for not much money or waiting until I can afford a single moden high power GPU ( this will not be until the middle of next year ).
Most of my gaming and video work is only done at 1920x1080 but I am thinking of adding another smaller screen at a later date, the machine will be based on a i7 CPU but I am still not sure on which platform yet.
Any thoughts on this quandry would be helpful.

I would wait personally as VRam Limitations on the GTX 480 will really hinder it come the next generation of consoles (meaning higher res games)
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You shouldn't run into any VRAM problems with a single 1080p screen. Newer titles and another screen changes things though. 480's are still plenty fast for some, but some will also say they're too power hungry and old. For the speed you get vs. money you spend it's hard to argue against them though. Personally I would sli them, but it's probably smarter to wait. Maybe sell it and get what you can and grab a 7950 for cheap when 89xx rolls out.


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You shouldn't run into any VRAM problems with a single 1080p screen. Newer titles and another screen changes things though. 480's are still plenty fast for some, but some will also say they're too power hungry and old. For the speed you get vs. money you spend it's hard to argue against them though. Personally I would sli them, but it's probably smarter to wait. Maybe sell it and get what you can and grab a 7950 for cheap when 89xx rolls out.
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I agree with this. One of my 470's is good enough to run almost all games i play with max details, 2-4x AA, and at 2048x1156. Both is overkill for a 1080p monitor, unless you want to play in 3D. Also, they're powerhungry and hot as heck, unless you have water or good cooling (nothing reference) you will run into heat issues.

After having owned two different SLI setups, it is good to have, but it's mostly for 3D/epeen/distributed computing. I would SLI that 480 and be good enough for at least a year and a half more, but you could start saying bye to AA. I would hold onto it though and wait for the Geforce 7xx's/Radeon 8xxx's before changing it.
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