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I been seeing alot of people whom tend to SLI or Crossfire right when they build a new rig rather than just get a single high end card and I'm not talking about those people looking to get the top of the line PC. What I mean is people who are building a budget/gaming rig and then decide to go SLI/Crossfire right off the bat! Now I don't understand this, if it was me I'd just get a single powerful card and don't have to worry about how well the cards scale and perhaps even save some money. All in all that's just my philosophy and I would like some other people's opinions.
EDIT:
More reason why I like single card setup:
"....I'd still go with a higher end single GPU if the price and performance difference is only minimal, for more longevity, upgradability(not a real word) and not to mention more future proof."
Edited by shuojinz - 2/9/11 at 11:09am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by shuojinz View Post
I been seeing alot of people whom tend to SLI or Crossfire right when they build a new rig rather than just get a single high end card and I'm not talking about those people looking to get the top of the line PC. What I mean is people who are building a budget/gaming rig and then decide to go SLI/Crossfire right off the bat! Now I don't understand this, if it was me I'd just get a single powerful card and don't have to worry about how well the cards scale and perhaps even save some money. All in all that's just my philosophy and I would like some other people's opinions.
In some cases 2 cheaper cards can out due the High-end cards like 2 460's beat the gtx 580. So basically more bang for your buck.
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bottom line is they score higher on benchmarks. same with me I could've bought a single card like a gtx 580 but we are enthusiasts here. more numbers = win for us. it's personal preference though. I actually think 80% of the time people will buy the faster single card than the multi-card builds. as for me I always think having only 1 card in my motherboard feels wrong. that's just me though
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Because the masses say, sli 560 will beat a 580. Even though this may be the case, I'd still opt for the 580 then buy a 2nd one later when I have the cash, if it's even necessary.
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I think they do it because it looks cooler...
 
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Why would one opt for two small monitors as opposed to one large one?

Same reason.
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Because the masses say, sli 560 will beat a 580. Even though this may be the case, I'd still opt for the 580 then buy a 2nd one later when I have the cash, if it's even necessary.
I agree with the concept it's more upgradable and future proof. Also I was thinking wouldn't 2 cards increase the chance of one being DOA but then I thought again and realised if one comes DOA good chance the other one isn't so another + for SLI/Crossfire off the bat.

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Why would one opt for two small monitors as opposed to one large one?

Same reason.
I don't get it More power consumption? Needs for more powerful video card? Feel superior using nVidia surround/ eyefinity?
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In some cases 2 cheaper cards can out due the High-end cards like 2 460's beat the gtx 580. So basically more bang for your buck.
+1 2 cards like GTX460/HD6850 outperorm any single Card and still cost less.
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there are also folders who benefit from more lesser cards than one top card.
    
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looks badass
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