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What is best, get one $400 card now, or 2 X $200 cards?

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I really believe the one is the best option because:

1. If you get bored of it you stick a 2nd

2. If you get bored of the two you have to throw them away (in most setups)

So, do my numbers add up?

I assume that the one will be about the same performance and that should be superior to the two technologically, less overheads, and GPUs are multicore by design anyway.

But do the numbers add up? Do the performance and prices reflect what am I thinking? What do I miss?
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It depends on your performance needs. Yes, single card setups are generally better than SLI'd cards of lower performance. If you are playing 1080p, just get a GTX 770/ 680 or HD 7970.
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Alright, I locked to 770 in this frame of thinking. It makes perfect sense. I may not buy it yet but if I would buy anything now, that would be it.

It makes perfect sense because its performance is not that far from the highest end available that costs around 1000 and then even if you get bored of it in a year or 2, you can just find the same money, on a 20% discount probably and get increase its performance by around 80% more with SLI.
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post #4 of 7
One high end card is enough for 1080P 60hz

Two cards makes more sense for 1080 120/144hz or 1440P
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Well, my needs aren't very 'office related' concerning the cards, I would just run two monitors for common office apps that need little accel, or not even in high need for more than stable 60Hz on 1080p.

I'm mainly thinking "Beast Graphics on new games on 1080p 60Hz" and you know, in that venue, anything is "slow" eventually:P And even if it isn't, you can "make it" it just for fun:) e.g. pump antialiasing to the very max plus any weird buggy physics algorithm they code in to claim they've "improved it" (see games that even bottleneck overclocked i7s with that) and anything can bottleneck.
Edited by fateswarm - 6/24/13 at 6:12am
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post #6 of 7
I'd go for one good card now.
It's a better investment in my opinion. Less power needed and when you'll need power you won't have to replace it, you'll just add a second one if you've got the money for it at that point of course.
This is why I went for 1 GTX 780 instead of two 670s or 680s.
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Grab an EVGA GTX 770 w/ ACX http://amzn.to/12iIbiR
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