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Old September 8, 2011, 05:29 AM
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Default EVGA 550 SLi vs EVGA 560 TI

hi guys. i am new to this forum and i am in the process of building a new computer mainly for gaming purposes... problem is i am on a budget, the entire thing for approx 1200-1300$.

the main games i am planning on playing is the new BF3, and SW:TOR(mmorpg) and i would like to be able to play them with high graphics. now i know i may not be able to get the highest graphics possible because of my budget but i would like the opinion of the experts here

i was looking to get the EVGA 560 TI 1GB and SLI it a year or 2 later once the prices drop(maybe even get 3 cards in SLI) or should i go straight out of the gate with the evga 550 TI 1GB SLI?

will i get the graphics desired out of the 550 SLI? at the moment i found the 550 @ 140$/ea vs the 560 @ 250$.

any suggestions/comments?
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Old September 8, 2011, 06:08 AM
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The 550 cards are way overpriced for their lackluster performance. If you want the best possible right now, get 2 (even used) 460's. Personally I would opt for a single 560Ti and grab another one later :)
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Old September 8, 2011, 07:36 AM
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I would honestly vote to get a 560 now and then another one down the road (limit is 2, card cannot Tri-SLI).

Don't get me wrong, my friend runs the 550TI TOP from Asus and its actually a lot better than people make it out to be. But if you have the coin, the 560TI is where it is at for price vs performance.

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Old September 8, 2011, 07:38 AM
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What resolution do you game at now or plan to game at in the future?
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Old September 8, 2011, 09:31 AM
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well i am in the process of building my pc.. and i am looking at 1920x1280 res.

i did a bit of research and looks like the 560 will be good enough for performance/pricepoint... and im sure the price will drop in the few coming months, so i might SLI it sooner...
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By the time the opportunity to SLI comes for you a better card will be out. I say either invest now in the SLI or buy a single gpu like a 580 and don't worry about the SLI.
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Old September 8, 2011, 12:10 PM
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Not 550. Of those options 560 would get my vote.
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Old September 8, 2011, 12:15 PM
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By the time the opportunity to SLI comes for you a better card will be out. I say either invest now in the SLI or buy a single gpu like a 580 and don't worry about the SLI.
problem is i don't feel like buying a card every year. thats why i am looing at the option to SLI in a few months just to have an extra boost to the graphics.
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Old September 8, 2011, 05:27 PM
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Avoid the 550 like the plague dude unless you are really on a tight budget. For $1300 there's no way you should be considering the 550Ti. It literally runs some games at half the framerate of the 560Ti. SLI is overrated for the mid range cards. by the time the drivers catch up to the games a better single card comes out. That being said, the drivers for the 460 in SLI make THAT a great choice if you can get them cheap enough.

If you are going to OC your card, then get the ASUS DC II's versus the DC or DC TOP. The heat dispersion and dissipation on those cards are great.

If you really want to save $50 then go for the GTX560 and OC it. The ASUS ENGTX560 DCII OC is quite simply a monster when OC'd beyond the factory defaults.
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If you really plan on getting a second card in under a year... just get the GTX570. it's only $325 and currently can run Battlefield:BC2 at 60 FPS at max settings at 1920x1080. The 560Ti hits the low 50's in frames/sec while the 550Ti is hard pressed to reach 30 FPS. The only way eth 560 or 550 can reach 60 FPS is to lower resolution ( riiight) or to dumb down the AA or AF.
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