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post #1 of 11
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Rocking a Palit GTX 470 and I have some money to blow..Need somthing with just a bit more umph for DX11 titles in the future...thinking about a 590 or two 580's..Think I should do it with Kepler around the bend?
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post #2 of 11
the 470 is still extremely solid...no idea when kepler is coming...if i were you I would stick to the 470 unless your running a resolution greater than 1920x1080
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post #3 of 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by surfbumb View Post
the 470 is still extremely solid...no idea when kepler is coming...if i were you I would stick to the 470 unless your running a resolution greater than 1920x1080
Yeah it's fairly nice...gets high temps under load though and I can't dual monitor in games have to disable it prior or my card goes over 95c+
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post #4 of 11
If I were you I'd hold out until Kepler.
I'm probably also going to buy a Kepler card.
post #5 of 11
Is getting a second 470 an option? That might not be to bad, cheap upgrade that provides a reasonable amount of performance boost.
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wow 95c+ ouch
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post #7 of 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by derickwm View Post
Is getting a second 470 an option? That might not be to bad, cheap upgrade that provides a reasonable amount of performance boost.
I was considering it, but at my current temps (80c-85c) and my current card not being a reference external exhaust might cause the temps to get even higher with another card in the way.


Edit: And sadly I have to use the dust filters on my intakes because this apartment is old and it has thick dusty carpet ): so theres a -%25 or so on intake airflow.
Edited by Goharder - 3/29/11 at 12:19am
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post #8 of 11
I think splitting the processing power between two cards would bring down the temp more than raise it just because you're putting the card next to it.
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post #9 of 11
I could understand changing out that 470 with it hitting said temps. Dude - hot stuff!!

I say go for it, but rethink your strategy a little: You've got a pretty decent setup now, and room to build very easily. Personally I would get a single 580 and a Phenom II 965 with a good cooling solution.

Get your CPU overclocked to 4ghz+ and everything running cool plus be blown away by a 580 and still thus have the option to chuck in a 2nd 580 down the line (unless newer fancy toys arrive)

Reason to do this instead:
1) your PSU won't handle 2 x 580's and your system (at least I REALLY don't think it will)
2) your CPU is prob holding you back considering your CPU is stock cooled thus prob not overclocked
3) the ability to upgrade your system more easily and more balanced now is within reach (2x580's will be severely bottlenecked by your current CPU setup)

And after seeing your edit above, perhaps you should invest in some heavy duty carpet cleaning (I'm presuming you have your case raised a good distance off the ground). Also remember you can sell your old CPU and 470. That's an SSD right there
Edited by willibj - 3/29/11 at 12:39am
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post #10 of 11
Why dont you try changing the thermal paste. Took my last card down 10 degrees. Also use MSI afterburner and raise the fan speed.
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