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Windows 7: One higher priced gpu or 2 lower priced cards on sli ?

23 Aug 2012   #1

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One higher priced gpu or 2 lower priced cards on sli ?

So I'm looking into ordering this from scan in the morning
Coolermaster Elite 431 Plus Black Mid Tower Performance Case with Side Window with USB 3.0 & XDock HDD Bay
550W Coolermaster GX RS550-ACAAE3-UK, 85% Eff', 80 PLUS Bronze, SLI/CrossFire, EPS 12V, Quiet Fan, ATX v2.31, PSU
Intel Core i5 3570K,1155, Ivy Bridge, Quad Core, 3.4GHz, 5 GT/s DMI, 650MHz GPU, 6MB Smart Cache, 34x Ratio, 77W, Retail
Asus P8Z77-V LX, Intel Z77, S 1155, DDR3, SATA III - 6Gb/s, SATA RAID, PCIe 3.0 (x16), DVI-D/ HDMI/ D-Sub (VGA), ATX
1TB Seagate ST1000DM003 Barracuda 7200.14 SATA 6Gb/s 7200rpm 64mb Cache 8ms NCQ OEM
Samsung WriteMaster SH-S222BB/BEBE 22x DVD±R, 12x DVD±R, DVD+RW x8/-RW x6, SATA, Black, OEM
8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Jet Black, PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC, CAS 9-9-9-24, XMP, 1.50V
21.5" Asus VE228T LED Monitor Full HD 1920x1080P 250cd/m2 100K:1 5ms Speakers Black
ScanFX SMART Multimedia Office Pro Keyboard, Silver/Black with MIC/Speakers SKYPE Ready
It is going to be my first build and for £533 for their no-brainer offer,but it doesn't come with a gpu,and iv'e got £150 left in my budget for it.So as title says ,1 gt660TI or 2 gt640's and out ov those what model would you suggest?Please help I'm a little lost I fully understand every other componant but graphics cards are a bit ov a puzzle with different makes,different specs but it's called the same card ie gtx660ti.Help

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23 Aug 2012   #2

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1

Single-parameter benchmarks are dubious, but see:

PassMark Software - Video Card Benchmark Charts - Video Card Model List

Look like a 660 ti would be better than two GT 640 cards in SLI.

I'm not sure whether anyone manfactures GT 640 cards with SLI connectors. nVidia lists a configuration that supports SLI, but my favorite US web dealer,, doesn't sell any. The GT 640 models made by eVGA clearly don't do SLI.

Is there any place that you can get a 660 ti for £150? Looks more like a £250+ card. (Doesn't help that it's a brand new model.)

Best of luck.
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23 Aug 2012   #3
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

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24 Aug 2012   #4

7 home premium 64bit

Cheers guys its the 560ti not the 660ti im looking at sorry guys my bad .Im afraid ive got no choice over the psu as its a bundle deal
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