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How many of you here actually buy that second card you said you were going to?

Poll Results: Did you purchase a second card?

 
  • 57% (20)
    Yes, I did purchase one way down the line!
  • 20% (7)
    Nope, I simply upgraded to the latest and greatest.
  • 22% (8)
    Still rocking the single card I bought 2 (or more) years ago.
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post #1 of 35
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With the purchase of my second GTX680 4GB today (bought the first one almost two years ago!), I have had this question running through my mind. This is a trend that tends to repeat itself almost daily here on OCN. A year or two ago someone buys a card (or makes the recommendation to buy a card) based the fact that you can "always add a second one for SLI/Crossfire in the future." Now, I know many of you run SLI/Crossfire already, but a vast majority of you bought them all at once. How many people here actually bought a card a couple years down the line and did not just upgrade?
    
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I did kind of the same thing you did. I bought my 7950 3 years ago, then about a year and a half ago I bought a used 7970. Ran them in crossfire for a while, noticed no difference. Sold the card I had bought used, just about broke even.
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Originally Posted by DaFirnz View Post

I did kind of the same thing you did. I bought my 7950 3 years ago, then about a year and a half ago I bought a used 7970. Ran them in crossfire for a while, noticed no difference. Sold the card I had bought used, just about broke even.

In all honesty, my single 680 has been just fine for me and I have zero complaints, but I found one for a killer deal on CL (basically around $150) and I just could not pass it up. Brought it home today and I am currently running it through its paces, but it's kicking ass just like my original one is. I have been really having the itch to upgrade my monitor to 144hz (currently running an IPS 1440p, but I think I can live with a TN panel if it is 144hz) and if that happens, the second card will really come in handy.
    
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post #4 of 35
I've been doing the SLI thing for ages...8600 GT...8600 GT SLI...8800 GT...8800 GT SLI...GTX 460...GTX 570...GTX 570 SLI...290X...and hoping to get another 290X in the new year. It's a cost thing for me. Usually buy a new card near launch, and then wait until they are cheap on the used market to grab a second card. My first GTX 570 I paid almost the full launch price of $360 or something, then waited until they where going for about $100 used before I went for the second. Which seems to work out nicely.
Edited by Aaron_Henderson - 10/21/14 at 12:46am
post #5 of 35
Still using my 570, although I am looking for the money to buy a better card...
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post #6 of 35
Since i started building my gaming PC's when I was 14, i've always had a mid range card and bought the 2nd card later on. This has been the case for me all the way up until my current system I bought both 290x's at the same time, since I have a job and can afford it now.

For me i've gone 8800 GT < 8800 GT 2-Way SLI < GTX 260 Core 216 < GTX 260 Core 216 2-Way SLI < GTX 580 < GTX 580 2-Way SLI < Radeon 7990 < Radeon R9 290x 2-Way CF
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post #7 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by DaFirnz View Post

I did kind of the same thing you did. I bought my 7950 3 years ago, then about a year and a half ago I bought a used 7970. Ran them in crossfire for a while, noticed no difference. Sold the card I had bought used, just about broke even.
the drivers that improved the frames were 14.1 and newer thumb.gif
post #8 of 35
I was ready to get my 2nd GTX 670 4GB & go full WC, when a GTX Titan (I) deal came along, that made the 2x 670 4GB + 2x full WB option appear less and less attractive.
Opted for the Titan + 1x WB for roughly the same money (or less perhaps, depends on choices of WC fittings & piping / tubing options believe it or not).

When talking mid-range cards in SLI / CF, it is often a toss - you get better performance than a high-end part in most modern games with proper SLI/CF support, but could be getting worse performance in non-gaming applications where SLI/CF is not supported. Each driver generation has also a greater potential of "breaking" it instead of "making" it better for you, so there are valid reasons not to get a 2nd card, beyond the obvious: most ppl don't really need it.
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post #9 of 35
I did buy the second card..... about 2 weeks after the first one.
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post #10 of 35
i do a single card upgrade to best or second best card in the next series, if i see it being worth my money.

i went from 5770 to 6850 to 7950 to 290. and i am please with 1 card. because seriously. who need 2.
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