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Hi, im new to the whole gaming PC world and I Just have a few questions about Graphics cards and SLI.

I'am planning on getting a single graphics card for around £250 or $390. I was thinking something like the 660 ti, gtx 670 or the 680 at a push. I want it for playing games on ultra settings possibly on one screen but may update to more monitors later. However what i want to know is weather or not it would be better for me to get 2 cheaper cards in SLI? Also is it better to get SLI for multiple screens?

If you can answer any of my questions it would be great.

Thanks, Dan smile.gif
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Originally Posted by MadBadGamer View Post

Hi, im new to the whole gaming PC world and I Just have a few questions about Graphics cards and SLI.

I'am planning on getting a single graphics card for around £250 or $390. I was thinking something like the 660 ti, gtx 670 or the 680 at a push. I want it for playing games on ultra settings possibly on one screen but may update to more monitors later. However what i want to know is weather or not it would be better for me to get 2 cheaper cards in SLI? Also is it better to get SLI for multiple screens?

If you can answer any of my questions it would be great.

Thanks, Dan smile.gif

lt is better to get the most powerful card you can get for your money, SLling 2 weaker cards can cause problems with games that do not support SLl. Basically one powerfuI card is better that two weaker cards, if SLl of the weaker cards was not supported you would be forces to use one slow card.

As for muIti-monitor stuff, that is not my area. . . . yet.

Any reason for not considering AMD or the 700 series?
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^^^ Agreed. Given the choice, I'd rather go for the single high-end card. You can always add another card if you find you need even more power, so the upgrade path is better with the single GPU. thumb.gif

Plus if you do indeed get an NV surround setup, higher-end GPU's will usually have some extra VRAM which will be something you want if you're gaming on 3 displays. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by mam72 View Post

lt is better to get the most powerful card you can get for your money, SLling 2 weaker cards can cause problems with games that do not support SLl. Basically one powerfuI card is better that two weaker cards, if SLl of the weaker cards was not supported you would be forces to use one slow card.

As for muIti-monitor stuff, that is not my area. . . . yet.

Any reason for not considering AMD or the 700 series?

Well like i said im kinda new to all this. I was recommended the 600 series and so have kept to that. What card would you recommend? I just wanna play games like bf4 and crysis 3 on full specs with nice clear fps for around £250 to £300, what do you think is best?
post #5 of 5
I just had a look it looks like the 680 or 7970 is probably the best for your budget. Some 7970s come with free games but be warned that some have locked voltage (XFX are bad for this)

680 £279 from amazon
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-gtx680dc2o2gd5

7970 £270 From amazon
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvr797oc3gd

Or you can look at this list of cards and chose for yourself
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/parts/video-card/#c=83,137,70&sort=a5&qq=1
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