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I would SLI it. However, you eyes only see things at about 30 fps (watched a discovery channel documentation on the brain which was awesome and it said this) so anything else higher will seem like a minimal difference to some. You have to be able to see the difference to know. Don't just look at the numbers. You might be wasting money with something that's perfectly fine.
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Probably because the game isn't coded to take advantage of 4 cores.

Do your lowest fps correspond to the lower gpu usage?
not certain. im averaging 63fps, but i max at 70 and min is 54.
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I would SLI it. However, you eyes only see things at about 30 fps (watched a discovery channel documentation on the brain which was awesome and it said this) so anything else higher will seem like a minimal difference to some. You have to be able to see the difference to know. Don't just look at the numbers. You might be wasting money with something that's perfectly fine.
that it true. i just noticed a big difference playing dirt2 when i went from my gtx260 to the 560ti. like night and day difference with how smooth it was. although i did go from about 30fps to 90.
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post #24 of 44
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not certain. im averaging 63fps, but i max at 70 and min is 54.
I hate to ask, hehe but can you do it again.... This time under the monitoring tab can you select Framerate?

Then when you come out mouse over the lower gpu usage areas it will give you exact numbers for that time such as gpu load and fps.

I'm only asking because if your lowest fps are when the gpu usage is lowest then upgrading to more gpu power will probably only increase your average and max fps but leave your min the same as now.
    
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post #25 of 44
Your CPU is a bottleneck, like it or not. I just came from an AMD quad at 3.7GHz. And my i5 is leaps and bounds faster in some games, in others not so much.

Racing games, there was no noticeable difference. But I only run single cards. I wouldn't recommend SLI high end cards on such a lower end (these days) CPU honestly. It might work out alright, but it might also make things worse.

Just hold onto your 560, as its a solid card, and should max out every game out there still short of Metro 2033. When you have the NEED to upgrade, upgrade then.
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post #26 of 44
Why not wait and/or try turning down one of the bells & whistles before you drop several hundred dollars on a new GPU as a preemptive solution to a problem you don't even have yet?
post #27 of 44
you cannot really expect more from a mid range card
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post #28 of 44
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that it true. i just noticed a big difference playing dirt2 when i went from my gtx260 to the 560ti. like night and day difference with how smooth it was. although i did go from about 30fps to 90.
You also went from a dx10 card up to a dx11 card which makes a difference with a dx11 game, that one specifically. I made a similar move with a less dramatic jump in frame rate but the graphical difference in Dirt2 was pretty impressive.
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post #29 of 44
-Your CPU is the bottleneck

-560 ti's are well known beasts for overclocking.. SO I'd suggest you get right on that.

-Don't bother buying a new card any time soon, as in Q4 2011 Nvidia, and AMD will be releasing their new 28nm GTX600 series (Keplar), and HD 7000 series (Southern Islands) GPU's. These gpu's will run 3 to 4 times faster than Fermi, and run much MUCH cooler.

So overclock it, and hang on to what you have. As poineerisloud said, upgrade to 2500k, or perhaps wait for bulldozer.
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post #30 of 44
It's very unlikely that any single card will be BN'd to any significant degree by any decent quad at 3.8GHz as long as your gfx settings are reasonably high.

Two 560's though, I'd want to at least have an i5, personally. Not because the BN is going to be terrible with your current CPU but just cause if you're gonna spend that kinda money on GPU's, you really don't want to be feeling like you're being held back at all by CPU and platform ... and you would be, at least in certain scenarios, with that CPU and 2x560's.

And a point of fact: although it's often the case, there are definitely other reasons for lower than 99% gpu use besides CPU bottlenecking.
    
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