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So I have changed up my monitors since I last posted about this. I was planning on going Tri 23 inch monitors and SLI 470s, but I ended up getting a single 27 inch Samsung, while using my 23 inch Acer as my secondary monitor. So with this set up, am I better off getting a single upgraded card, or will SLI still benefit me in this?
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Depends on the resolution of the primary, if it is higher than 16xx by 10xx, then you will see an increase.
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thing is that going SLI you will have to worry about temps.
Just sell your gtx 470 and buy a 580 or 590
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You need two identical nvidia cards to run Surround vision with the exception of the GTX 590.

My recommendation is to get another GTX 470.
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I used to have a couple 470 gtx's. They were and still are very good dollar/performance combo in SLI. Much more than you would get single 580. It was a much better experience than my current setup with eyefinity. I'm looking to go back to couple 480s myself.

Also if you wanna grab some cheap 470's evga is carrying some on their b stock.
    
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So I have changed up my monitors since I last posted about this. I was planning on going Tri 23 inch monitors and SLI 470s, but I ended up getting a single 27 inch Samsung, while using my 23 inch Acer as my secondary monitor. So with this set up, am I better off getting a single upgraded card, or will SLI still benefit me in this?
dont do sli with gtx470,they'll run hot,get a gtx580 3gb,its almost coming out within one month,
3gb vram will help u because u'll such a high resolution monitor,
so I recommend u gtx580 3gb over gtx580 1.5gb
Hope u like my suggestion.
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post #7 of 16
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Both monitors run at 1080p all day.

And I do realize my card runs hot...a single one I have with dual monitors, right now I have the fan speed at 65% and its 43C.
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post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by Famousoverdose View Post
So I have changed up my monitors since I last posted about this. I was planning on going Tri 23 inch monitors and SLI 470s, but I ended up getting a single 27 inch Samsung, while using my 23 inch Acer as my secondary monitor. So with this set up, am I better off getting a single upgraded card, or will SLI still benefit me in this?
I believe you are running at 1920X1080? (You got the P2770 or HD one?)

470s will run hot, but they will give better performance over a single 580. And it should be cheaper to get another 470 than selling yours and getting a 580.

But a 580 will run less hot.

If you have good air flow in your case, another card is the best option imo.
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I believe you are running at 1920X1080? (You got the P2770 or HD one?)

470s will run hot, but they will give better performance over a single 580. And it should be cheaper to get another 470 than selling yours and getting a 580.

But a 580 will run less hot.

If you have good air flow in your case, another card is the best option imo.
I purchased a Samsung Syncmaster SA550. I wanted to purchase the monitor from Bestbuy, and this one was by far the best one I found in the store.
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I purchased a Samsung Syncmaster SA550. I wanted to purchase the monitor from Bestbuy, and this one was by far the best one I found in the store.
Looks nice.

Anyway its a 1920X1080, which doesn't require that much these days.
So either solution is fine performance wise.

As I said. If you have good air-flow in your computer, get a second 470.
If not, get a 570 or 580, both will do the job well.

Or if you are into SLI, you can get a couple of 560s (cost the same as a 580 but better performance). Even tho they have less memory, they have much more raw power and should run less hot than the 470s.
But of course if you want to upgrade from them, you will have to replace both in the future.
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