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Just finished upgrading most of my system. I currently have a 1M GTX9800 GPU and was wondering if I should go with one GTX460 or should I go 2 cheaper cards in xfire or sli mode? I am on a budget so any help would be appreciated. I really have no preference to either nVidia or ATI.
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Single stronger card is almost always better than 2 weaker cards due to scaling problems, driver issues, and microstutter (among other things).
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Get a used 9800GTX for SLI if you don't want to spend more. or sell your 9800GTX for a resonable price and look for a used GTX460.


What resolution do you play at? The GTX460 will probably pull away at higher resolutions if you have 512MB 9800GTX, with a superior amount of memory and bandwidth.
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Thanks for all the advice. I think I will go for a GTX460 1MB. I am not very tech savvy yet so every little bit of information helps me. As far as resolution I use 1920 x 1080. My 9800 is a 1mb. Maybe I can start with one 460 and do sli later when I have additional discretionary income. Any other advice on tweaking the system would be greatly appreciated. the only concern I have is if I need to increase cooling for my system, and what would be the cheapest way to accomplish it.
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Originally Posted by pioneerisloud View Post
Single stronger card is almost always better than 2 weaker cards due to scaling problems, driver issues, and microstutter (among other things).
As a SLi'r myself... I still rep this comment due to its strong pimping nature. That and it happens to be quite true.
 
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post #6 of 6
If you're not that 'tech savvy', you'll save yourself a lot of headaches by just going single-card over SLI. I mean, personally, I love SLI, but I am tech-savvy, and don't mind wasting time troubleshooting, so for me it works fine

GTX460 1GB is a great card for 1080p res, can't go wrong w/that.
    
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