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which card would be a better buy for me?

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decided to stick with nvidia for now.

i was looking to add another 660gtx for SLI

or selling it and the 7870 i had sitting here and getting a 770

im hearing both that the 770 is just a rebranded older card or how sli is still a nightmare to manage still.

what do you suggest i do?
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A second 660 would give you plenty of grunt for the least cash. As to SLi hardwarewise as long as you aint packing them all in a shoebox temps and the like should be fine and you just need a decent PSU to run em. As to using SLi it depends what games you play most major titles will have decent SLi profiles so work well enough, some smaller or more obscure things may have issues and not utilise the 2nd card properly.

A 770 is in basic terms a rebranded 680 on steroids. It would be a fairly decent upgrade on a single 660 and remove any SLi issues but will set you back more in cost.

I'm a cheapskate so would probably SLi a second 660 in your shoes.
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is there a workaround for games that dont work with sli? i can easily disable it?
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In games that don't have SLi profiles the 2nd card just won't be utilised properly. Nowdays that's a small list of games pretty much any major title will work with SLi from or very near to it's launch.
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Yes, you simply leave it and the game runs off of one of the cards.
However, a 770 >= 680. A 680 is roughly equal to performance to a 7970; hence a 7870 is inferior to it as well.

SLI-ed 660's will output on average ~20% more FPS than a single 680. However, that comes with more power consumed, respectively more heat produced, and that is in games that scale well in SLI setups.
If I were you, I'd pick a 770 and keep myself worry-free. Then again, if luck shines down upon you, you can SLI the 770s further ahead. thumb.gif
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