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I recently added a second monitor to my rig and my PC has started to lag just ever so slightly. I want to know if I should find another GTX 460 (768MB) and SLi them or if I should just sell it and get a new card. My rig is the same as the one in my sig.

My biggest concern would be with the power supply. Since I have had this PC for around 2 years I am not sure if the PSU (Corsair TX650) would even be strong enough to SLi two of these cards.

Another thing I'm worried about is performance in Linux (one reason I am an NVIDIA guy). I've heard that SLi doesn't work well in Linux, and even less so with multiple monitor setups.

The only game I really play is Starcraft II, with the occasional game of CSGO, Payday II, or random indie games. I'm not so much concerned with quality as I am performance; I usually play Starcraft II on low settings just to be certain I have zero lag. I do stream my ladder matches but even the lone GTX 460 has been good enough for that.

I don't really want to spend more than $120 plus whatever I would make off the sale of the card (if that's the avenue I decide to take).

Thanks!
Edited by Exospaciac - 9/21/13 at 5:33pm
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If you can swing it, just get a 650 Ti BOOST 2GB and call it a day. Should be a nice upgrade for you. With the sale of your 460, should be around where you want to spend.
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A Tx 650 would be fine for 2 460s.

Unlss you play SC2 in linux, you shouldn't worry about linux performance. For 2D work, a single 460 woul be overkill on a 4k monitor...

With SC2 on low, you should be cpu bottlenecked anyway
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If you can swing it, just get a 650 Ti BOOST 2GB and call it a day. Should be a nice upgrade for you. With the sale of your 460, should be around where you want to spend.

Thanks for the suggestion. I'll look into it thumb.gif

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A Tx 650 would be fine for 2 460s.

Unlss you play SC2 in linux, you shouldn't worry about linux performance. For 2D work, a single 460 woul be overkill on a 4k monitor...

With SC2 on low, you should be cpu bottlenecked anyway

I game on both Linux and Windows. My Windows partition is primarily for streaming SC2, since there's no Xsplit equivalent for Linux (yet?). Just about everything else I do on Linux.
My concern with SLi is that it won't work right with dual monitors. I've heard bad things about both SLi and Crossfire in Linux.
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Thanks for the suggestion. I'll look into it thumb.gif
I game on both Linux and Windows. My Windows partition is primarily for streaming SC2, since there's no Xsplit equivalent for Linux (yet?). Just about everything else I do on Linux.
My concern with SLi is that it won't work right with dual monitors. I've heard bad things about both SLi and Crossfire in Linux.

Linux really isn't my area of expertise, but I can tell you that crossfire/sli barely works in Windows... if your linux gaming performance isn't good enough atm, I can almost guarantee SLI won't help.

Hunting down a used sub-$100 GTX 480, 570, or 560 448 on craigslist would give you a major upgrade, as would a new 650 TI.
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If you can swing it, just get a 650 Ti BOOST 2GB and call it a day. Should be a nice upgrade for you. With the sale of your 460, should be around where you want to spend.

I was thinking the exact same thing. This card is made for guys like you!
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My 460s in sli were freakin awesome although i did have the 1gb versions so that makes a big differnce compared to your set up but at this point its time to move up, 650ti boost is a great choice like others have said!
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