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Wait, so you have a current 7950/7970 already?

Why don't you hold onto your $200 and save up another $100 for a few weeks and buy another 7950/7970.

Save even more money by not getting a 9370!



he does not, it was suggested that he buys this as a single card instead of multiple 480's
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he does not, it was suggested that he buys this as a single card instead of multiple 480's

oh, than in that case, definitely go with the single GPU.

WHen the 480's run out of juice, you'll have to upgrade your entire setup again, and 480's won't have any resell value.

When a 7950/7970 runs out of juice, add a second.
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what are you using to measure the power draw on your components?
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what are you using to measure the power draw on your components?
I'm using kill-a-watt by powering on the computer with only the CPU and motherboard and I made a script start up prime95 to run when windows starts since the graphics card isn't in and I can't see what's going on. I measured my CPU and got around 320w being pulled from it, I used my bro's FX-8120 and get around 230w. I'm assuming the motherboard takes power and so does the hard drive and RAM. Then I add my 460 and get that additional 200w. Either way, something's going on that's taking the extra power which is why I get confused. My bro bought the kill-a-watt for $50 so its not the cheap kind.
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oh, than in that case, definitely go with the single GPU.

WHen the 480's run out of juice, you'll have to upgrade your entire setup again, and 480's won't have any resell value.

When a 7950/7970 runs out of juice, add a second.
Well it's like I said before, I would love to get a single GPU but I won't get one that costs $200 and gives the performance equal to a 7970 or 480 SLI. Also, I already have a 9370 and it runs crazy fast, when I overclock it, it goes faster than a 4770k @ 3.9Ghz. Before you start complaining that I should have gotten Intel, I should let you know I got the 9370 for $200.

The 480's can run out of juice but that's gonna happen in a year or 2 atleast, I'm moving to Shangri-la by then where there its no electricity. I have no worries about them running out of juice smile.gif

EDIT: I am out of a job so I try to stick to a budget.
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I'm using kill-a-watt by powering on the computer with only the CPU and motherboard and I made a script start up prime95 to run when windows starts since the graphics card isn't in and I can't see what's going on. I measured my CPU and got around 320w being pulled from it, I used my bro's FX-8120 and get around 230w. I'm assuming the motherboard takes power and so does the hard drive and RAM. Then I add my 460 and get that additional 200w. Either way, something's going on that's taking the extra power which is why I get confused. My bro bought the kill-a-watt for $50 so its not the cheap kind.

That is what is being transferred from wall that, not what the PSU is actually outputting at that moment.

(correct me if I am wrong)
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That is what is being transferred from wall that, not what the PSU is actually outputting at that moment.

(correct me if I am wrong)

that is correct
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Grunion over loaded a 1000 watt PSU to shutdown with over clocked 480s

http://www.overclock.net/graphics-cards-general/761559-sli-gtx480-vs-cfx-hd5870-results.html
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