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5 years 3 months ago #17090 by S.A.F Klawful
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No, it's actually the truth.

I brought myself a 2nd Super-Clocked Evga GTX550 Ti, so they can run SLI. Arrives tomorrow (Got Saturday delivery) $247 total.

My research indicates I'll match the performance of a GTX570, and in some games exceed it by a few percent. Good enough for me.

And if all goes to plan, I'll have a 60gb OCZ Vertex 3 SSD to go with it in a week or two.

Incase you're wondering, my rig is now:

BenQ G2200HD 22inch LCD
Intel i5 Sandy Bridge 2500k
Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3 Mainboard
SLI Evga GTX550Ti SC
Corsair TX750w PSU
4gb of DDR3 1600mhz G.Skill Ripjaw CL7
80gb Sata 3 (Primary Install Drive)
500gb Sata 2 (Secondary Storage Drive)
Creative X-fi Xtreme Audio Soundcard
DVD Writer
Steelseries Siberia V2 Headset
Logitech K120 Keyboard
A4Tech X7 Series Gaming Mouse
Steelseries Diablo 3 Mousepad

Nice to finally have a PC that has a good amount of Graphics Power to match the rest of the high-end gear. Will definitely be getting back into Battlefield 3 a bit more, especially when Close Quarters comes out.

See ya at the LZ!

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5 years 3 months ago #17091 by S.A.F Dman
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Theres nothing like having abit of horsepower under the bonnet :) I just wish it wasn't so bloody expensive. The Gtx690 cards are $1700 here. Thats crazy money for a card. If Pc gaming pricing was more reasonable then more people would play Pc over console. Im not in a position to spend ridiculous wads of cash religiouly om Pc anymore ut in saying that lately I have found I havnt had the need to upgrade since software is playing catchup to hardware.

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5 years 3 months ago #17092 by S.A.F Klawful
S.A.F Klawful replied the topic: Re: Klawful Upgraded? Lies! All Lies!
Yah, prices are mad. It's been many months since I got the first GTX550ti, and instead of the price going down, it's gone up $30. lol

$1700 for a GTX690? Dang. But got to admit, that card has some serious grunt. It's basically two GTX680's strapped together, so it's even more powerful than SLI GTX580's.

Guess you'd need that kind of horsepower if you were into the whole triple-screen high-res thing. Heck, you might even need two! LMAO

Money money money..... lol

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5 years 3 months ago #17094 by S.A.F M3RRiK
S.A.F M3RRiK replied the topic: Re: Klawful Upgraded? Lies! All Lies!
If this is your first SSD you are going to be in love with it pretty quickly.

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5 years 3 months ago - 5 years 3 months ago #17097 by S.A.F Klawful
S.A.F Klawful replied the topic: Re: Klawful Upgraded? Lies! All Lies!
SLI INSTALLED!!! RAWRRRR!!!!

Ok, all installed (With the new 301.42 drivers) and setup and configured within nvidia control panel etc etc etc blah blah blah.

Disabled anything non-system critical, and benchmarked it in 3DMark11 on Performance settings.

Lo and behold, a very tasty score: 5310 Marks

Graphics Score: 5279
Physics Score: 6564
Combined Score: 4280

And to compare, I found a benchmark of a EVGA GTX570 running the same Processor (but over-clocked to 4.3ghz) and 8gb of ram. (Compared to my 4gb)

Marks: 5369
GRAPHICS SCORE: 5036
PHYSICS SCORE: 8396
COMBINED SCORE: 5141

3dmark.com/3dm11/945871

Well what can I say? SLI EVGA GTX550ti SC's are indeed more powerful than a single EVGA GTX570 (By approx 5%), which was my entire aim the whole time. I am very pleased.

Battlefield 3 shall never be the same, game on!
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5 years 3 months ago #17099 by S.A.F M3RRiK
S.A.F M3RRiK replied the topic: Re: Klawful Upgraded? Lies! All Lies!
You will need to turn off some things in Windows 7 if you are swapping in the SSD for the HDD without a fresh install. Do some googling and you'll find plenty of information and utilities to make the necessary registry changes for you.

Windows 7 does a lot of caching and clever stuff during boot to make things start quicker but it'll just kill your SSD quicker so do apply these changes. Also there's lots of file caching (pre-fetch and super-fetch) that is totally unnecessary when using an SSD.

Shout if you need a hand.

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5 years 3 months ago #17100 by S.A.F M3RRiK

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5 years 3 months ago #17101 by S.A.F Klawful
S.A.F Klawful replied the topic: Re: Klawful Upgraded? Lies! All Lies!
Yes, I will fresh install when I do get the SSD. And I'll be reading those guides you gave, plus you'll probably catch me on Mohawk with a few questions. Thanks guys.

Because Pbtech forgot to give me the Saturday delivery I paid for, they have given me a MAJOR discount for my next purchase. For my account, everything on their web store is displayed at a fraction above wholesale price. (Saving me between $20-50)

So I'm tempted to get the 90gb OCZ Vertex 3 SSD for $192, rather than 120gb for $260. Enough room for Win7 and 3-4 games, good enough for me.

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5 years 3 months ago #17102 by S.A.F M3RRiK
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Cannot stress this enough... the bigger the better as far as SSDs go. 120 will actually be around 111GB once formatted.

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5 years 3 months ago #17103 by S.A.F Klawful
S.A.F Klawful replied the topic: Re: Klawful Upgraded? Lies! All Lies!
As much as I would like a 120gb, I just can't afford it. Meh!

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5 years 3 months ago #17115 by S.A.F M3RRiK
S.A.F M3RRiK replied the topic: Re: Klawful Upgraded? Lies! All Lies!
Not a lot in specs between the OCZ Vertex and Agility, the later being cheaper.

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5 years 3 months ago - 5 years 3 months ago #17137 by S.A.F Dman
S.A.F Dman replied the topic: Re: Klawful Upgraded? Lies! All Lies!

My score on stock clocks with one GTX580. Still a good card.
At this very moment the highest 3DMark11 Score was achieved with an X79 mobo and four GTX680's with a score over 31k.
3dmark.com/3dm11/3629073
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5 years 2 months ago #17139 by S.A.F Klawful
S.A.F Klawful replied the topic: Re: Klawful Upgraded? Lies! All Lies!
Nice. I should have a GTX580 soon. w000! Won't need more graphics power ANY time soon.

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5 years 2 months ago #17145 by S.A.F M3RRiK
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My 3DMark results . No overclocking but I'm open to suggestions if anyone has any. :)

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