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Hi

OK, my birthday's coming up! And I'm thinking more GFX power

So does this sound like a good plan
I buy a second "KFA2 GTX480LTD OC Anarchy"
Then at Christmas, I get a "new socket motherboard" with Ram and Processor that can take the two GTX480's and a GTX460 for PhysX

The CPU I am thinking is the 2500K


Questions!
1. What do GTX480's scale like in games

2. What socket CPU is best for NVidia Sli + PhysX
3. A good motherboard for me

The "KFA2 GeForce GTX 480 Anarchy" as you see, takes up three slots


I do know that GTX570 and above might be better!But the card I have now runs all my games like it should! So I do know what I'm buying
Unlike some of the GTX cards out there for sale! (I'm talking stuttering in games etc). Like in this post "Fermi issues: Low GPU Usage and Bad Company II Stuttering"

So what do ya think
Thanks AC
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SLI GTX480s scale very well, anywhere ebtween 60% to 100% with it averaging around 80% for most modern games, with two high end cards you do not need to have a dedicated SLI card, sure if you have one lying around it wouldn't hurt to use it but even in games like Mafia II you can crank up everything and not have to worry.
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I do know that GTX570 and above might be better!But the card I have now runs all my games like it should!
Well, if that's true, there's really no reason to SLI 480s right now. Considering the heat and power draw, it could end up being more hassle than it's worth if a single 480 gets the job done for you.

By the time x-mas rolls around, there should be a new line of cards (Kepler/whatever ATI is doing), and CPUs (Ivy/Bulldozer), which means by that time you may be able to get 480 level performance with a mid range priced 600 series.

The point I'm getting at is, long term plans like that aren't usually a good idea with the rate new tech comes out. Get what you need now, and upgrade when it's no longer good enough
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SLI GTX480s scale very well, anywhere ebtween 60% to 100% with it averaging around 80% for most modern games, with two high end cards you do not need to have a dedicated SLI card, sure if you have one lying around it wouldn't hurt to use it but even in games like Mafia II you can crank up everything and not have to worry.
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Well, if that's true, there's really no reason to SLI 480s right now. Considering the heat and power draw, it could end up being more hassle than it's worth if a single 480 gets the job done for you.

By the time x-mas rolls around, there should be a new line of cards (Kepler/whatever ATI is doing), and CPUs (Ivy/Bulldozer), which means by that time you may be able to get 480 level performance with a mid range priced 600 series.

The point I'm getting at is, long term plans like that aren't usually a good idea with the rate new tech comes out. Get what you need now, and upgrade when it's no longer good enough
Hi
when I said about the 570's and 580's being better! I was talking like two 570's against two 480's without overclocking
And that is very debatable!

But as I already own one GTX480, that as I said "works well"! So I might as well buy one more and have two

Heat with my GTX is not a problem I get 52c in games that max the card
Did you even look at the card
Plus, my case is one of the best for air cooling

And as for the next gen! Well they can test them on someone else
And I'm watching SB very closely too

Thanks bud, I hear what you're saying
But I'm not trying to build the latest and greatest!
And I'm thinking that two GTX480s in Sli with and nice PhysX card, with a 2500K should do me for quite a while

Am I wrong
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GTX480 scales very well as mentioned above. I don't think there are much difference in sclaing between 400 and 500 series.

You will be better off with 1366 which you can at least runs 3 cards at x16/x8/x8

1156/1155 will do but you are cut down to x8/x8 and PhysX runnning at x4 (gen1 for 1156) which is still enough for PhysX, but you will need really high end 1155/1156 boards for 3 slots and they usually cost more than a decent X58 board like X58A-UD3R or p6x58d-e
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You will need a 1366 setup or P55/NF200 setup to get the most out of that.
1155 IS an option, but good luck finding a good board.
GTX 480s scale extremely well, like %90+
 
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