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Just a forward: I know very little about the tech behind a computer. So bear that in mind when reading this, and especially when replying.


My graphics card died a few weeks ago, and after trying a lot of ways to fix it, I have given up and decided to replace it. The thing was about 3 years old, so i guess it needed to be upgraded, anyway. I was running dual 7950 GX2's in SLI, which served me pretty well in most things.

I don't have my desktop at the moment and I don't remember the specs exactly offhand. Something along the lines of 4GB RAM, and a 2.4GHz processor. Those probably need to be upgraded too, come to think of it.

But the most important thing is right now that I need a video card. I've been researching all day and it looks like dual 460GX's in SLI seems like the best bang for my buck in my price range ($200-$400). I've been reading a lot of other posts and it brings up concerns about bottlenecking, or if dual cards are even necessary for my purposes. Right now I only play a couple PC games (WoW, SC2) but would like to try out others when my computer is able to run them.

Like I said, I'm barely even a novice at this stuff, and I'm trying to learn as much as I can, but my first priority is getting my computer up and running again (I'm beginning to feel withdrawals). I don't really know where to start in terms of knowing what will work for my computer as it is, and what would be overspending. Any advice would be much appreciated.
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If you're buying graphics cards, always buy the best single card you can afford. This way you don't run into any SLI stuttering, problems etc. The 460 GTX is a solid card on its own but if you're looking for more a GTX 570 may be great for you.
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From what I'm reading, I'm leaning pretty heavily towards the 570GTX. Seems simpler and less likely to be problematic. However, it looks like it might be hard to find one right now. What's the deal with this limited lifetime warranty from EVGA? Is that reliable at all?

Any alternatives for something close to power/value that is easy to find (seeing as the 570 just came out)?
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Also, how big of an upgrade is the 570 over the 460? Worth the $150-200 price jump?
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Also, how big of an upgrade is the 570 over the 460? Worth the $150-200 price jump?
It's definitely $150 better.

It's cool, quiet, very powerful... and has a lot of overclocking potential... it can be overclocked to be almost as powerful as a GTX580.
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Yes the GTX570 is a very nice card! Unfortunatly it could be bottlenecked by your CPU but would still be a large performance increase none the less.
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