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post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by toddvj;12021152 
Sorry guys, I didn't realize I still had my old system in my system profile. I have updated it now.

So are you saying that I will get tearing with any video card? I can't be the only one with a monitor with 60Hz refresh rate, can I?

You have a single 1920x1200 monitor- just get a single 580. You really won't see any benefits by spending that extra $500 for SLI other than your rig will look cooler on the inside. And the possible downsides include screen tearing like what you're dealing with already.

You don't need a multi-GPU setup. Even the most graphically demanding game out there gets crushed to goo by the 580:

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post #12 of 19
It's a problem for everyone. You can hard cap your fps in games that allow if it's that big a deal. I think the rule of thumb is one fps under your refresh rate.

@Kitten I don't think he's going to notice a huge difference in upgrading his 5850's, but whatever.
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post #13 of 19
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So are you saying that I will get tearing with any video card? I can't be the only one with a monitor with 60Hz refresh rate, can I?
you're not but some people are content with the vsync on 60 fps
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@Kitten I don't think he's going to notice a huge difference in upgrading his 5850's, but whatever.
Obviously- going from 100 FPS to 200 FPS does what exactly for your gaming experience? Nothing at all- but if you feel you need to upgrade you GPU because you are having negative issues related to multi-GPU setups, don't go to multi-GPU again, especially if it's going to be overkill.

Simplicity and saving money is sometimes the answer in the enthusiast community.
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post #15 of 19
You could get a 120hz monitor and a ssd for less than the upgrade you are proposing.

@Kitten I think sli flicker has been patched out. It's not something I've experienced in awhile. No clue on Xfire, but what he's describing is just simple screen tearing.
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post #16 of 19
I don't see how 2x 5850s aren't providing you with enough gaming power

The performance you gain by upgrading to any of the 6series cards (even in crossfire) doesn't justify the cost of replacing your 2x 5850s which should still eat through any game with no problems.
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Thanks everyone for the replies. I'm a little embarrassed because I truly thought that the screen tearing was simply an issue of not enough horsepower in the graphics department. My current rig is the first truly "high end" system I've owned. When I built it about a year ago, my plan was to go with crossfire'd 5870s, but they were very hard to come by (the 5850s weren't really easy for that matter), so I've always felt that my system was lacking. It's nice to hear from so many people that it really isn't lacking!

Anyway, that being said, some of you have inadvertently got me started on thinking about a triple monitor set up, or perhaps a single 30 incher. The only thing about doing a third monitor is that the bezels on my monitors are very thick, so I might have to start from scratch if I go that route. Anyway thanks again for printing me from wasting all my money
    
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Even though a GTX 580 will "tear" through anything, going with 2 of them would increase the min framerate which will in turn show a better gain thoughout the game. That 27 min fps is on the verge of unplayable to a lot of folks these days.

I suggest that you take the money you are willing to spend on cards and grab a single large 120hz monitor.
Edited by Invidiafanboy - 1/17/11 at 9:43am
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