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I'm most likely going to be upgrading to this monitor, the Dell U2412M, sometime during the holiday season. I'm current build is as follows:
  • Intel i3 2100
  • 8GB (2x4GB) G.SKILL 133mhz
  • MSI Twin Frozr || 560ti 2GB
  • 500GB Seagate HDD
  • X-Series 650W Seasonic PSU
  • Gigabyte P67A-UD4-B3 Motherboard

At the moment I'm running a fairly old Samsung Syncmaster 205BW and the image quality is well... pretty awful. Now I'm hoping to get a few questions answered before I get into the cards.

- Being the 2GB version 560 ti, I hear RAM's a big part of performance when it comes to resolution, would I see a significant drop in performance when switching from a 1680x1050 to a 1920x1200 display?

- Is this the right display form me? I mainly game and watch movies/tv shows on my rig, I read that IPS panels have much to offer when it comes to colour reproduction and viewing angle. I've also read this specific one is the best in it's price range. I'm not sure whether or not 3D is something I'd be interested, and if it's worth it to choose a TN over IPS.

Now, if the card I have now isn't powerful enough to transfer displays without a noticeable performance dip I'm going to be wanting to upgrade. When it comes to the 560 ti in SLI I've read many things, some say the couple is very stable while others say when SLIing any two cards you will run into many issues. Also, would the PSU I own have enough juice to power two, stock clocked, 560 ti's?

When it comes to the 670 vs 560 ti SLI, which is better while gaming, purely performance wise. And would I be facing bottlenecks, I know CPU based bottlenecks really depend on the game, but in general.

Price. I could get another 560 ti for 150$ right now, while I'd have to find a buyer for my existing ti then spend another hundred bucks for a 670, is it worth it?

Thanks for your help. biggrin.gif
Edited by Tastel3ss - 11/21/12 at 9:13am
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One 560TI will hold its own at 1920*1200 and with full ultra on BF3, you will see around 30ish fps (I had one of these prior to getting a 680).

The PSU you have is fine (don't try for big overclocks) however the CPU you have will cause a small bottleneck in some games with SLI 560ti's.

The 670 is a great card and a good deal cheaper than a 680 for ~10% performance difference. It is a one card soloution which I feel is always better as you are not running with heat/power/scaling issues.

I hope this helps clear up a few points smile.gif
    
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One 560TI will hold its own at 1920*1200 and with full ultra on BF3, you will see around 30ish fps (I had one of these prior to getting a 680).
The PSU you have is fine (don't try for big overclocks) however the CPU you have will cause a small bottleneck in some games with SLI 560ti's.
The 670 is a great card and a good deal cheaper than a 680 for ~10% performance difference. It is a one card solution which I feel is always better as you are not running with heat/power/scaling issues.
I hope this helps clear up a few points smile.gif

So it's a go on the monitor, and power's not an issue. Great! smile.gif

Now if I was, which I'm still thinking I am, going to upgrade my GPU situation. Which would you suggest? Price/performance strictly, not all that concerned about heat and such. 300ish bucks I would have spent on 2 560 ti's or around 400$ on a 670. How close in performance are they really?

Thanks. smile.gif
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So it's a go on the monitor, and power's not an issue. Great! smile.gif
Now if I was, which I'm still thinking I am, going to upgrade my GPU situation. Which would you suggest? Price/performance strictly, not all that concerned about heat and such. 300ish bucks I would have spent on 2 560 ti's or around 400$ on a 670. How close in performance are they really?
Thanks. smile.gif

The 560TI's would slightly edge it, so long as both GPU's scale well in the games you play/intend on playing.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/547?vs=598

Generaly I work on a SLI is 100% for one GPU and 80% for the other with good scaling. That nudges it just past the 670 but the pro's far outweigh the cons for a single card solution. If you have a decent case with good cooling, SLI can be great smile.gif

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When I got my 670, coming from SLI 470's, I did an extensive perf review. 560ti is pretty dang close to the perf of a 470, so these benchies may be illustrative for you. Hope you find them useful. Keep in mind it's comparison between well OC'd cards, as stated in the notes. At the clocks my 470's were at for the tests, they are equal to 560ti's at around 950-1000MHz. But my 670 is a pretty stellar OC'er as well, well above average. 470's win in most tests, but they're within 10% of the 670, while using far less power (560ti's though also use significantly less juice than 470's, however).
    
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