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What 2 cards should I go with for a SLI under $215?
    
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$215 each or $215 for both?
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$215 each or $215 for both?
Both... There is a little wiggle room also.... Not a lot though.
    
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why not just get one card that costs 215?

EDIT: I would get something like the gtx 560
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why not just get one card that costs 215?
Ide like to experience SLI.... This is just for future builds....
    
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post #6 of 28
Why not get a 8800GTX/GT, 9800 ETC. There dirt cheap about $50 -/+ with the newer games you will see, if it better or not. (had a pair, loved them.)
post #7 of 28
I think the best on the Nvidia side you will be able to do is two gts 450s but two of those are only a little more powerful than one 460 so I would also really recommend one powerful card for your budget rather than two less powerful ones. On the AMD side you can get two 5770s which should be a little better than two 450s. You might even be able to squeeze into your budget two 6850s, they might actually be powerful enough to recommend due to there great scaling if you can afford them, let me see what two 6850s would cost.
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post #8 of 28
For $215 you want a GTX 560Ti.
Then get another.

SLi is great but its not worth it to buy 2 GPU's that small/cheap.
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post #9 of 28
Yeah, your better off getting one single GPU thats more powerful, and then getting another one down the line.
post #10 of 28
Look around on the marketplace for some GTX 260/280s. I believe there are some 280s for around 100 a piece right now. The 280 is a bit less powerful than your current 6870 (about on par with a 6850).
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