SLI v Single card

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menzie91
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Hi,

I'm looking at setting up a budget/mid range system and I need advice on different graphics options.
With bang-for-buck the main factor (including motherboard and power supply costs), generally speaking is it better to have two lower end video cards in SLI/cross fire or a single more powerful card on its own?

Thanks

Razear
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Generally when doing a new build it is better to get a single more powerful card on it's own because you will be able to get another one later on if desired and when it comes to SLI/CF the preformance is scaled meaning you don't get 100% of the preformance all the time.

menzie91
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Thanks for the response. Couldn't find that video but its just what I was looking for.

arranmc182
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Yeah get a single card now and when the price drops get the second card and save some money

7thsanctum
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Yea short term SLI/Xfire is better. e.g. 2x 460s ~= a 580 for less money

The only problem with this is future expansion and power consumption. There isn't much to expand on an dual card system unless you go for three. A single card on the other hand allows you to buy the same one at a later date cheaper.

Also multi-card set-ups don't always give a definite/consistent performance boost.