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I currently have a GTX 580 and have another one on the way from a generous OCN member. I've never done any SLI before as this was my first build, so I have a few questions.

1. Before installing the second card should I uninstall all nvidia drivers, install the card then reinstall drivers or can the second card just be plugged in and SLI enabled?
2. Will my 2600k @ 4.6 GHz bottleneck the two cards, or will it be ok? Note I plan to overclock this second card to hopefully similar clocks of the current card which is 930/1860/1250.
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No need to uninstall the drivers. Just activate SLI in case it isn't done automaticly. Your 2600k won't bottleneck them either.
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I currently have a GTX 580 and have another one on the way from a generous OCN member. I've never done any SLI before as this was my first build, so I have a few questions.

1. Before installing the second card should I uninstall all nvidia drivers, install the card then reinstall drivers or can the second card just be plugged in and SLI enabled?
2. Will my 2600k @ 4.6 GHz bottleneck the two cards, or will it be ok? Note I plan to overclock this second card to hopefully similar clocks of the current card which is 930/1860/1250.

1 - You could uninstall first and then reinstall the drivers after you install the second GTX 580 or you could just install the second GTX 580 and let windows install the card for you prompting to restart after a few minutes.

2 - 2600k @4.6GHz won't be an issue pushing two GTX 580s.
    
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1 - You could uninstall first and then reinstall the drivers after you install the second GTX 580 or you could just install the second GTX 580 and let windows install the card for you prompting to restart after a few minutes.

2 - 2600k @4.6GHz won't be an issue pushing two GTX 580s.

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No need to uninstall the drivers. Just activate SLI in case it isn't done automaticly. Your 2600k won't bottleneck them either.

Thanks for the quick replies. These answer my questions perfectly, now I just await the arrival of my new card. +rep to you both thumb.gif
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I currently have a GTX 580 and have another one on the way from a generous OCN member. I've never done any SLI before as this was my first build, so I have a few questions.

1. Before installing the second card should I uninstall all nvidia drivers, install the card then reinstall drivers or can the second card just be plugged in and SLI enabled?
2. Will my 2600k @ 4.6 GHz bottleneck the two cards, or will it be ok? Note I plan to overclock this second card to hopefully similar clocks of the current card which is 930/1860/1250.
dude your on the verge of having a killer rig even if the GTX 580's are last gen now, heck so is the 2600K but so what...
and @ 4.6GHz on 1.28V makes me jelly.. all I can see now is maybe a SSD in your future..
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dude your on the verge of having a killer rig even if the GTX 580's are last gen now, heck so is the 2600K but so what...
and @ 4.6GHz on 1.28V makes me jelly.. all I can see now is maybe a SSD in your future..
smile.gif

Yes an SSD is going to be my next purchase along with a new keyboard and mouse smile.gif just waiting for some good sales on them, been waiting forever it seems. As for the 1.28 V it was pretty stable but would sometimes crash in Crysis 2, I guess cause it's really demanding. It runs closer to 1.3-1.31 I believe now, which is still good.
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dude your on the verge of having a killer rig even if the GTX 580's are last gen now, heck so is the 2600K but so what...
and @ 4.6GHz on 1.28V makes me jelly.. all I can see now is maybe a SSD in your future..
smile.gif

Yes an SSD is going to be my next purchase along with a new keyboard and mouse smile.gif just waiting for some good sales on them, been waiting forever it seems. As for the 1.28 V it was pretty stable but would sometimes crash in Crysis 2, I guess cause it's really demanding. It runs closer to 1.3-1.31 I believe now, which is still good.
yes, still very very good...
cheers.
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