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Better upgrade: 2x 560 Ti 448 or 660 ti?

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The title says it all. Which video card upgrade would give me the most performance increase? My goal is to be able to max BF3 and other current gen games at 1920x1200. What would you recommend?
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it's a difficult choice. If you go 2 560 Ti's, once you need more performance, you gotta get rid of both of them and get a new GPU. However, if you get a 660 Ti, once you need more performance, you just pay $150-$200 more and "double" your performance.

Also, there's tricky stuff with SLI and Crossfire (I've not any experience with the 560 Ti's in SLI) that sometime crop up (just the nature of using 2 cards, double the chance of problems, etc).

Check some benchmarks on the 660Ti, but I believe with a good enough overclock, you might be able to play BF3 maxed out, although you might have to turn down AA or a few settings

edit: For me BF3 actually looks the same whether you play at max or at lowest settings... since you'll be running around crazily anyways, but if you do stop to admire the scenery (don't stop for too long, snipers everywhere) you'll notice some difference (ie, the details on your gun), but the majority of the game looks nice even on low (I never noticed a difference until I really stopped).

I'd personally go for a 660 Ti, or a 670 if you can get your hands on one. A 7950 isn't bad either (check out slickdeals.net since you're on a budget)

I've seen 7950's hit the $280 price with the AMD bundle of 4-5 games (which you can sell for at least $50). Although the other day Amazon had an amazing deal for 1 for $235... I'd wait til around BF, see if there's anything on sale then.
Edited by AchuSaysBlessYou - 11/18/12 at 1:16pm
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SLI is a good option but other things need to be considered.

1. Power - The 560TI 448 has a TDP of 210W so if you times that by 2, that is 420W add in your CPU at 95W that = 515W. Add in a few case fans and a couple of HDDs, that doesn't leave much head room.

2. Heat - When you go SLI, you will be producing a lot more heat and cooling can be hard in even bigger cases. If you are using Ref style coolers though instead of custom coolers, venting heat out the back will help with this.

3. Noise - As you know, when GPUs get hot, the fans spin up faster to keep it cool and I found it quite annoying with 2 GPUs spinning away. I went water cooling in the end purely to lower the noise.

I am not trying to put you off SLI and with all these factors considered, I have not had any problems except for the odd game (Like BF3) not scaling so well with 2*GPUs. SLI works well 90% of the time.
    
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SLI is a good option but other things need to be considered.
1. Power - The 560TI 448 has a TDP of 210W so if you times that by 2, that is 420W add in your CPU at 95W that = 515W. Add in a few case fans and a couple of HDDs, that doesn't leave much head room.
2. Heat - When you go SLI, you will be producing a lot more heat and cooling can be hard in even bigger cases. If you are using Ref style coolers though instead of custom coolers, venting heat out the back will help with this.
3. Noise - As you know, when GPUs get hot, the fans spin up faster to keep it cool and I found it quite annoying with 2 GPUs spinning away. I went water cooling in the end purely to lower the noise.
I am not trying to put you off SLI and with all these factors considered, I have not had any problems except for the odd game (Like BF3) not scaling so well with 2*GPUs. SLI works well 90% of the time.

Those are good points that you should also consider.

Put it like this, 560 Ti 448's in SLI can and will play all games currently at highest settings, and probably all of next year's games too. The question is whether or not the 660 Ti performance is good enough for you. If so, I'd recommend going with a 1 card solution and then SLI/CF later when you need the power. Just my 2 cents (but DO check out slickdeals!)

Edit:
Hmm, looking at anandtech's review of the 660 Ti, it seems to be better than a 7970 (all stock clocks on both):

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6159/the-geforce-gtx-660-ti-review/13

Although with the 12.1 drivers the 7970 got a much needed boost from AMD which I don't think are reflected in that benchmark, so expect the 7970 to perform equal or better than the 660 Ti. Also consider that the 7970 has a massive overclock headroom, the regular 7970 is 925 MHz, but the card itself can go up to 1200 MHz or higher (33% overclock) so, take that as you will.
Edited by AchuSaysBlessYou - 11/18/12 at 3:05pm
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