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Do you ever stick a 2nd card for SLI/CF after a year of using one?

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I'm currently thinking of instead of getting 2 cheap cards to drop all the budget on one. But, if I'm feeling confident to get a 2nd budget-wise at least 6months later, will it be sane to do it then?

I just wonder if people find it usually better to get a 2X setup right now instead of doing it much later based on a 1X setup initially.

Price drops over time don't seem that informative since sometimes they stay stable for years and other times they drop.
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I did some (extra) thinking on my predicament and I realized the following:

1. I overcompensate (to some extend) with a higher quality card initially (i.e. games play with about +20% FPS than needed on the settings/resolution used).

2. Then, when a year passes by, it's going be like "OK, they are about +10-20% more demanding but I already compensate for that, screw it, I'm staying with it". Plus, the next model of the same budget it's going to be like 10-20% faster and I'll be like "I don't need it, I already got that speed for what I need it".

3. Then, that means, you may have to wait for TWO GENERATIONS/years. But that's when the whole landscape changes. Usually (you never know with those sub-20nm processes now, but usually), two generations later you're going to be like "Wait a second, that card I had is now like 40% slower than the one on the same budget. If I get a second, it's going to still cost like only -30% but the performance is not that amazing any more". So, if I DO need a boost after two whole generations (or two half-generations/2 years) then it might be pointless to go SLI to begin with. So a single card might be best to remain a single card and just replace it if needed.

The only 'logistical' problem is that if you go for a motherboard that is a good overclocker (8 real phases) they usually 'force' you to have SLI/CF support, so it's like getting a feature that is useless and you can't downgrade it. Then again, I guess it's not a spectacular budget change but mainly an OCD trigger.

It's more related to a PSU, because if you do make a contingency for SLI/CF then the PSU has to be completely different (often about 250W higher at least).
Edited by fateswarm - 7/26/13 at 3:39am
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