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So, its going to be a 2500k system and I have one GTX 460 lying around, should I just get another 460 for SLI? That would only run me ~170 USD.

Or what other single card should I be considering as well. I don't want to spend GTX580 kind of cash. I am also considering ATI cards as well, specifically the 6950.

Basically what I'm asking is: is it worth it to sink ~170USD into a 460 this late into the market cycle? Or should I just settle for another newer single GPU setup, and which one should it be?

Thanks guys, let me know.

Also what kind of PSU would be necessary to run these setups, thanks again.
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Well 460 SLI is the best performance your going to get with 170$ so I say go for it. 460s can perform better than a 580 in a lot of situations that don't have to do with VRAM.
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post #3 of 7
If you already have 1 460 getting another one for SLI would make the best sense budget wise.

I say this based on the high resolution you're playing at, and I'm assuming you're going to try to play some demanding games on the new system.

And eventually since your likely bottleneck with the Sandy Bridge proc will be the cards, that can be easily remedied. I recommend you plan ahead and get a future proof PSU for future cards in SLI
post #4 of 7
What kind of timeframe are you looking at? If it's >2 months, wait til the 7000/600 series that should start up in late fall.

If you're looking right now, I'd say just go with another 460. If you're staying with EVGA, remember that the -AR cards are the only ones with lifetime warranty. The -TR (most of the EVGA 460s listed on newegg) only have a 2 year warranty.
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post #5 of 7
Definately go with another 460. It has an amazing bang/buck ratio and will last you another generation or two. For another $170, it's quite a jump
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Get the 6950, then you can unlock it to a 6970 and have a really good card and you can always upgrade by purchasing another 6950 if that isn't enough.
    
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Get the 6950, then you can unlock it to a 6970 and have a really good card and you can always upgrade by purchasing another 6950 if that isn't enough.
I'd do this, plus you can sell your 460 or use it as a dedicated physx card.

Although you could be also well off with SLI'd 460's as a good option
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