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Hello all,

It's been a little over a year now, and my rig's not quite doing as well as I'd like it to with gaming and whatnot.

I had planned on buying a 2nd GTX275 and running them in SLI, but I'm struggling to find a place to buy one.

Does anyone know a place where I can find one? Is it worth it, or should I just get a new GPU? And if so, which one? I'd be looking to spend less than $300.

Any ideas?
Thanks for the input!
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What games are struggling on that monitor?
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i think you should oc your i5 to at least 3.6GHz THEN decide on upgrading graphics.

2.8Ghz vs 3.6GHz is a big difference in gaming performance.
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Hey there

I've went through the same dillema afew weeks ago, I didn't know what to do because I didn't quite feel satisfied with a single GTX 275. Eventually I decided to go for a 2nd one, After looking for a while (I'd buy from eBay but I can't) I found a cheap Sparkle GTX 275 in a local store, and eventually I bought it. SLI'ed them babies and it works great now.

P.S. Of course you can also get a GTX 4xx and keep ur 275 as PhysX, but in my case it was way smarter money-wise to go for SLI.
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i think you should oc your i5 to at least 3.6GHz THEN decide on upgrading graphics.

2.8Ghz vs 3.6GHz is a big difference in gaming performance.
this. u should see a jump in fps
    
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you should sell it to me for around $150 and buy a 480
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post #7 of 14
You can find 275's on ebay for around $110.
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You can find 275's on ebay for around $110.
Yea they're rather cheap there. Wish I could buy from eBay. Meh doesn't matter now, I'm happy with my Sparkle :]
post #9 of 14
My last card was a 275 and there were only a few games that struggled at 1920x1080, still a very capable card.

Personally I would not SLi, power, noise, no DX11, resale etc.

If your wanting to spend under $300 I would look at a GTX570 or HD6970 which are both "very" substantial upgrades.

Flog off that 275 for maybe a 100 bucks on ebay or where ever and the upgrade cost you $250 ish.

Alternatively grab a HD6950 and OC the hell out of that sucker or bios flash it effectively to a 6970 all for a $200 ish upgrade.
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post #10 of 14
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Thanks all for the input.
I'm in college right now, so time is really tight just as is money.

Getting one from ebay seems like the easiest thing to do.

An OC would be nice to do, but is that not a somewhat time-consuming process? (i've never done it before)

I'm also cooling my i5 with http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/artic...ler-Series/207 and it's running pretty hot as is. I had looked at getting http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835181013...

I do F@H, so stability is really important to me because my rig's on 24/7, but if I can get a stable OC over the course of a weekend, then I can manage that, otherwise I'll just have to wait or pull up ebay.

So, can I manage a stable OC over the course of a weekend? I'd probably need better cooling, huh?
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