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Well, I have come into some money, and I am in the market for a new/another GPU. I probably wont run into lose change again so I don't really know what I should do...

My mobo is currently 1 16x and 1 4x..

I don't have money for a 580, and selling my current 460 wouldn't really get me there either. I can barley afford 460...

Mainly, I want to run Crysis 2 maxed, BF3, and Diablo 3. All maxed. So I am thinking my only option is to get another 460..

Is it worth SLI'ing it? Or should I go in a completely different direction and try to save for a new card
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Right now, I'd save for a litle bit till Crysis 2 benchmarks come out very soon and we can give you a definite anwser. I figure it be more stressful than the other two titles mention.

But I'm sure 2 460 SLI will put good frames and comes reasonable to a single 580 over/under depending on the benchmark settings.
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I would hold onto the money, and see what these games are going to turn out to be like. I am running 460 SLI, and I can tell you it is sweet. Also, looking at you rig, I don't know if that 500 watt will be enough. If it is, you will really be pushing it, and I can tell you that you don't want to see that thing fail. Most of the time when power supplies fail, they will send a surge through. Surge can be AC if the rectifier diodes failed, or if the transformer failed, it can surge back though similar to inductive kick. If possible, that would be the next thing I would replace in your rig. Just my .02 though.
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since you do not have 2 16x pci-e ports, I would not suggest sli. I would try to sell your 460 and save up for a 560 or preferably a 570 if you can. You could also try to do an hd 6950 and flash the bios to upgrade it to a 6970. This is a little less expensive than a 570 but the bios flash doesn't always work. I would go for the 570.
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2 460's are going to be pushing almost 500w. I would save the money, look to getting either a stronger single card or holding out and doing a big of a system overhaul down the road. Once bulldozer gets releases everything will get cheaper.

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Diablo shouldn't be demanding, neither should BF3. Wait and see, 460s are only getting cheaper.

(offtopic: How are your CPU temps unlocked? You might be getting real bad temps with stock)
    
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Diablo shouldn't be demanding, neither should BF3. Wait and see, 460s are only getting cheaper.

(offtopic: How are your CPU temps unlocked? You might be getting real bad temps with stock)
I think BF3 will be very demanding. BFBC2 is a hog now, I can only imagine what 64 online mutliplayer and dx11 will do to the resources need.
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I think BF3 will be very demanding. BFBC2 is a hog now, I can only imagine what 64 online mutliplayer and dx11 will do to the resources need.
Not really, I max BC2 with 8XAA and get a constant 60+ FPS. I don't see me going lower than 40 in BF3 with my current rig, but we'll have to see. I think of demanding when I see Crysis or Metro 2033.
    
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My CPU temps are decent I lowered the voltage and clock speeds.


So I was really hoping to get a different answer... I am probably not going to be able to hang onto the money, I will fall behind on bills, or something dumb will come up and I will end up spending it.

Its 16x + 4x SLI really that bad...?
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My CPU temps are decent I lowered the voltage and clock speeds.


So I was really hoping to get a different answer... I am probably not going to be able to hang onto the money, I will fall behind on bills, or something dumb will come up and I will end up spending it.

Its 16x + 4x SLI really that bad...?
Not for 460s. A 580 or a 5970 might be bottlenecked by a 4X slot.
    
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