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I'm up to getting a new GPU finally, since it's the beginning of a new year. I'll be in the market probably until early February.

Planning to get something up to ~$250. Since I'm probably gonna fold, but don't want to sacrifice GPU usage, I'm wondering if I can run GTS 450s in SLI, using 1 for folding if gaming, and 2 when not. My PSU should handle them, but will SLI be a problem (1 card folding, the other not)?

If not 450s, should I get a GTX 470 (max budget), GTX 460, or possibly wait for the 560s/550s to come out?

Remember, if 460 or 470, I'm not gonna be able to SLI in the future, my PSU won't handle it, and only has dual 6+2 pins (Not really wanting to use the molex adapters).

My monitor resolution is only 1600x900, so I don't expect the 450s to be a huge issue. I had a second monitor, but it went to better use on another build. I think I made a thread like this before, but it didn't really go into much detail into resolutions, usage, and such.

Thanks,
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Since I'm probably gonna fold, but don't want to sacrifice GPU usage, I'm wondering if I can run GTS 450s in SLI, using 1 for folding if gaming, and 2 when not. My PSU should handle them, but will SLI be a problem (1 card folding, the other not)?
thats what we in the business like to call impossible.

You would have to disable SLI in the nvidia control panel each time you would want to do that... and then you'd probably have to set up affinity and designate a core of your CPU to just handle the GPU folding thread as the GPU client does require some cpu usage to fold.

...and then I would not want to game on a single gts 450 alone.



Get GTX 560 when they come out or a used GTX 470 and just fold when your not gaming...
    
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i would say get the 460
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Well, I guess if I folded on both when not gaming, and paused folding while gaming, would SLI work just fine regardless?

GTX 470 is really a last resort, since it's the loudest and hottest of the bunch. I'm not getting rid of it, since my case has good cooling, but I'm iffy on the load noise.

The 460 was my top choice, but for folding, how would 2 450s compare? I hear they're the best Perf/$$$ for fermi cards.
 
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With as cheap as the 460 768MB is going for, I'd say they're the best bang/buck for folding, personally. You don't need any of the advantages of the 1GB model if you are primarily interested in folding ... and not only that at your res the 768MB is fine.
    
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There are a lot of cards I would buy in that budget before I bought the GTS 450 SLI.

A GTX460 is one for sure. Don't overpay for a 460, there are some great deals out there.
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post #7 of 10
GTX460 is a good choice.
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not sure what a GTS450 gets PPD wise
my GTX460@905/1810/2100 1.087v gets 12390.1 PPD
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post #9 of 10
450s SLI or 460 1G, they're all nice cards indeed.
if 450s SLI, I'll recommend GIGABYTE's two 450 OC2, it's the best 450 above all.
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I don't think they offer affinity settings in the Geforce line. Though maybe you could use modified drivers to do this...
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