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post #11 of 21
750W is enough for two 480s, even with an overclocked CPU and both of the GPUs overclocked.
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post #12 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by TickleMeElmo;13155409 
750W is enough for two 480s, even with an overclocked CPU and both of the GPUs overclocked.
check out Furmark;
http://www.anandtech.com/show/2977/nvidia-s-geforce-gtx-480-and-gtx-470-6-months-late-was-it-worth-the-wait-/19
Edited by coolhandluke41 - 4/16/11 at 6:41pm
    
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post #13 of 21
A good 750W unit is fine for OC'd CPU and 480SLI but i wouldn't go as far as OC'ing the GPU's , also forget about Furmark.tongue.gif

Also i love the performance of two 480 just the noise and heat .............. but still i'd say 480SLI is the better choice.
Edited by RobotDevil666 - 5/2/11 at 3:10am
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post #14 of 21
hey mate go the sli 480s i just picked 2 up last week running on hx850 bloody awesome i can max anything out i get 73 fps avg in metro 2033 all maxed 4xaa wheres the 590 get around 54fps
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post #15 of 21
For someone who already owns the 480, getting another for SLI makes WAY more sense than selling it to buy a 590.

However, as mentioned above, that PSU is going to struggle if you push clocks and volts on the 480's in addition to a CPU OC. Probably going to want to go with minimal OC's on the GPU's. Not that you'll even need to ... 480's in SLI at stock speed are friggin beast.

Although you could take the $ you've saved from NOT getting the 590, throw the 480's on water, grab yourself a nice 1KW unit, push them up to the 950MHz range ... and your scores will utterly destroy what you could have gotten with a 590 no matter what you did to it thumb.gif
    
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post #16 of 21
No real point in getting the GTX 590. Get another GTX 480. It'll be either just as fast if not faster.
    
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post #17 of 21

That's at the wall, plus it's in Furmark, which is completely unreasonable to use to try to measure power IMO. With a 750W he'll be fine. If he wants to do over-volting on the GPUs, the I'd recommend an 850W.
    
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post #18 of 21
Since you already have a 480, go SLI. No brainer, IMO.

Although, if you intend to run the 480s at 825-850+, this is going to require a very, very high fan speed, and it WILL be loud...I just made the upgrade from a pair of 480s to a 590 last month, and the main reason was to lessen the power consumption, heat and noise.

If those factors aren't going to be a concern for you, go 480 SLI, but I would highly suggest you put them under water cause they will be pretty loud, and they will get pretty hot if you're going for high OCs like 850mhz+....which brings us to the PSU issue, those beasts would require a PSU upgrade as well.

If you factor in all those costs, it'll get close to (or exceed - water blocks, loop, 1K+ PSU, another 480) the price of a 590, so the choice is yours, especially if you're gaming on just a single 1920x1200 monitor.
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post #19 of 21
you should wait for next gen GPUs. the 480 is just a bad design imo. it works if u have custom cooler, but if u have the stock cooler...ugh
the 590 also has a bad power delivery system that caused numerous problems.
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post #20 of 21
480's are old... sell the thing and get new GTX 590 xD

it might not be as tough as 2 480's overclocked but it make less hit and less noise xD

and it can get pretty close to a stock 580 clocks... smile.gif
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