Which CPU will fit best with 480GTX 2 way sli

MasterWilliam

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Hi everyone,

First, I want to thank everyone for helping me with my previous question regarding the low performance of my 480GTX in 2 way sli.
Now that I have been enlightened that my CPU is most likely the culprit by bottlenecking my 480 GTX's, I want to ask you all for a suggestion.

Which Motherboard and CPU combo would perform optimally with 2 nvidia 480 GTX in 2 way sli configuration?

I have a motherboard question also. The North and South bridge controllers, how much do they effect performance in relation to the CPU and Video Card?

Thank you everyone for reading my post and helping me. Please respond quickly because I just ordered these new cards and I need a game plan if I am going to return them or upgrade to a new motherboard + CPU combo.

Should I follow through with upgrading the motherboard and cpu since I already bought the 2 nvidia 480 GTX's? Or should I just get a refund and get some low end cards?

Here are the specs of the components in question:

Video Card: Nvidia 480 GTX x 2 (2 way sli)
CPU: Q6600 Core 2 Quad operating at 2.4 GHZ
Memory: 8 Gigs of Kingston HyperX operating at 800 MHZ
PSU: 1000 Watt Thermaltake


Thank you everyone. Please reply asap with your awesome advice! I want this deal done and get on with my gaming!
 
You just ordered NEW GTX480's??

Those cards have been discontinued for a long time and were replaced by the GTX5XX series. The GTX5XX series was recently replaced by the GTX6XX series.

I have to question why you would buy old discontinued video cards. You should return them and buy a modern video card that uses a lot less power. GTX480's are probably the most power hungry and hot cards ever made.
 

MasterWilliam

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Because my CPU will just bottleneck even more. Would you mind not answering my question with another question of your own? Instead please, answer my question and if you have a question, then ask please. Thank you for your help.
 
Your getting a new cpu right, so how is it going to bottleneck even more?? Your making no sense.

You want a i5-3570K and a Z77 motherboard and 8GB of DDR3-1600. If you don't plan on overclocking, get the non-k version.

I can't understand why you would even consider buying two cards that are 2 generations old.
 

wr6133

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I'm sort of with Geek on this one if you got 1 480 I could understand as they are cheap (I see them there for $239.99) but 2? You could almost have afforded 1 680 which would have sucked less power, tossed out less heat and likely performed in the same ballpark as the SLi setup.
 
Oh you forgot a few:

GTX480 SLI is going to require a nuclear power plant to run.

GTX480 SLI is going to require significant case cooling upgrades.

GTX480 SLI is going to require headphones so you can't hear the airplane like sounds coming from your case.

Sandy Bridge or Nehalem?? I would suggest Ivy Bridge and a Z77.



 

MasterWilliam

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geek approved, you had suggested instead of purchasing a 400 series card that I should purchase a 600 series card. Well I say it will bottleneck my cpu even more because the 400 series cards bottleneck my cpu so why wouldnt a more powerful 600 series card not bottleneck my cpu? Does that make sense to you?
 

wr6133

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480 SLi sucks alot of power
480 SLi creates alot of heat
480 SLi still has 1/3rd LESS Cuda cores than single 680

680 is 20-30% improvement on 580, SLi does not mean you double the performance so granted the SLi 480's may very marginally outperform the single 680 but at the expense of alot of power and heat and tolerating crap like microstutter.

And what about in 12-18 months time when you will struggle to get a 3rd 480 to upgrade the graphics where as a 2nd 680 will still be around to buy
 

MasterWilliam

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Hey Geekapproved, I don't really want to hear anymore of your opinions because you are somewhat rude. Thank you for your help however but I will take advice from people that are not so degrading.
 


You said your buying a NEW cpu. Are you dumb or just it just seem that way?
 

MasterWilliam

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So you think I should return the 480's and grab a 680 GTX card wr6133? I looked at them on newegg and they were all sold out. :( Thats agood point also about trying to get the third 480 and the 680 will be available.

That does sound like good logic wr6133. THank you.

What kind of motherboard and CPU would you recommend please?
 


You say your buying a new cpu because your current cpu is bottlenecking your gTX480's.

Then you tell me you can't use GTX680 because it'll bottleneck your cpu.


Who's making sense here?? Not you.
 


That's extremely obvious. Why bother coming here asking for advice if you have no intention of listening to what were trying to tell you? :hello:

Let the noober figure it out for himself, he seems to already know everything, at least in his own mind.
 

MasterWilliam

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Listen man,
I might of had a typo, I might of submitted something I wasnt thinking, regardless, I didn't come here to argue with anyone, I just genuinely wanted some friendly advice. I don't feel like being attacked because of a mistake. Will you please troll some other noobie.
 

MasterWilliam

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THank you everyone for your advice, I should of done more research on the 5xxx series and 6xxx series cards before impulsively buying the 480's on sale. I want to thank everyone for their tips and advice. Geek, I appologize if I was acting ignorant. I am not to experienced with all of this and am sorry If I have annoyed you. You all have a wonderful day.
 

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Sorry my last post must have been as you said you paid $150 each for them

At that price I would tolerate any issues they have $300 for that performance is a good price easily good enough to tolerate any heat/noise issue