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so i'm in the middle of my first build and i was thinking of getting two gtx 480's and sli'ing them until the 700 series is released. i was going to get a gtx 680 but i found out i would save around $100 if i get two 480's. so my question is if i sli'd them and overclocked them a little bit would my case be able to handle the heat? i have a nzxt tempest 210 and will be filling all the fan slots. also, my computer will be agianst my window so my window fan will also be blowing into my computer. from my understanding il be needing a 100w psu. so can anyone recommedn good ones? thanks.

im pretty sure il be able to run everything on high. my uncle's current computer is running 2 gtx 280's and he gets 100fps on high with bf3.

im on a really tight budget since im a freshman in highschool. reason i want to wait until the 700 series is realeased is because i might be getting a summer job.

thanks for the help.
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that case should handle them.....reference coolers blow heat out.....it'll help if you install some fans on the door to aid gpu cooling.......your uncle is getting high fps because 280s can not do DX11
    
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I had a 480 for a long time, got a 670 a while back. Both just single cards. Its a really nice card for its age but it is a heat and power monster. Runs real hot with just one card. Im pretty sure theyre still going for like $200 aren't they? It might be a better investment to go with a 670 or 680 for around the same price as two 480's. Then if that summer job comes through and you really want to upgrade get another 670 or 680 for sli. But my 670 handles everything on the market now maxed out. Also by going with the 600's you could save more on psu (not positive but i think 1000w is recommended for sli 480's).


Seriously though my 480 was running up my air conditioning costs lol.
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I'd go for a 670. 480's are dated, hot and get really loud.
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get a couple 650ti boost edition.. MUCH better in every way (even more performance)


Dont even bother with 480 they are old power hungry and hot as hell.. not counting the 1.5gb vram

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Get ONE 480 till 7xx rolls out, there is no need for 2. Resale is nil on them and one will play anything you need it to for now.
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I had a 480 for a long time, got a 670 a while back. Both just single cards. Its a really nice card for its age but it is a heat and power monster. Runs real hot with just one card. Im pretty sure theyre still going for like $200 aren't they? It might be a better investment to go with a 670 or 680 for around the same price as two 480's. Then if that summer job comes through and you really want to upgrade get another 670 or 680 for sli. But my 670 handles everything on the market now maxed out. Also by going with the 600's you could save more on psu (not positive but i think 1000w is recommended for sli 480's).


Seriously though my 480 was running up my air conditioning costs lol.

yea i think im just going to go for a 670 and overclock it to a 680 or maybe more. then maybe get another one or upgrade to a 700 series if they come out.
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I've owned many 480's (5 total), and I have owned a 670. Both cards are fantastic, the 670 was a beast that ran cool and stayed quiet, but I didn't like its overclocking so I sold it and grabbed 2 GTX 480's to hold me over until the 700 series or the 8000 series. I picked up both for $250 locally so I can't complain, popped some universal EK blocks on them and have them overclocked a bit to give me overclocked 680 performance. Yes, they consume a ton of power and they are hot, but if you don't care about either of those things, they are cheap and perform great. If you want something quiet and cool go with a 670/680.
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Get ONE 480 till 7xx rolls out, there is no need for 2. Resale is nil on them and one will play anything you need it to for now.

Yeah right.....
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Yeah right.....

For what its worth, he is basically right.
I really didnt see any issues running a 1920 X 1200 monitor with a single 480.
Turn down a setting here or there and its fine.

Heck, if memory serves I was able to get 35fps in FarCry 3 with everything maxed, and dropping AA to x2 brought me into the steady 50s.

The 480 may be older, but its still a massivley powerful single GPU solution.
Especially considering how much they sell for on the used market these days.

I dont have 2 for no reason.
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