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So my rig is getting a little bit dated now and I would like to get something more out of it before I dish out on a whole new one. Being a student saving up a lot of money is difficult. I can get a used 560Ti for about $100 - $130 and run SLI with my existing one. Is that worth it? Or am i better off sticking it out with my one card until i can save up enough to get a 7xx series card or better yet an 8xx when they come out?

Can the 560Ti in SLI still hold its own? is it a good idea to get a second card and live with the rig for maybe another year or two? I primarily use the computer for gaming and school work (coding) .
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This really depends on your needs. If you just want a little extra power to play your games, you can definitely go sli. But if you want a real upgrade, settle with your current 560ti, save some money, sell it and get a nice new gen gpu. At least thats what i would do. I prefer one new strong gpu rather than sli two inferior.
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well if i start saving im going to save for a whole new rig. And whole new rigs are expensive. I want one dont get me wrong, but school starts again in september and i wont be able to work. Do you think a $100 would be worth the performance increase that i would get though?
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This really depends on your needs. If you just want a little extra power to play your games, you can definitely go sli. But if you want a real upgrade, settle with your current 560ti, save some money, sell it and get a nice new gen gpu. At least thats what i would do. I prefer one new strong gpu rather than sli two inferior.

I agree with this decision.
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well if i start saving im going to save for a whole new rig. And whole new rigs are expensive. I want one dont get me wrong, but school starts again in september and i wont be able to work. Do you think a $100 would be worth the performance increase that i would get though?

I don't agree with this. Just save your money to buy new components, and even sell your old computer parts.
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For gaming SLI is definitely the way to go.
 
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Alright your words of wisdom have been noted.

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I would definitely save and upgrade the newer games are going to be more demanding
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