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Y'all should give Tribes: Ascend a shot ;) (Yeah, it's dead, but it's still fun...)

Welcome to the forum! I hope you enjoy your stay! :D
 

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Well having 3 gpu slots actually saves you a lot of money. GPUs are really expensive but old ones do all you need. And 3 old ones is cheaper than 1 new one. So it has its advantages. I actually turned off some of the lights to save voltage. So I can over clock my gpu now that I escaped Windows 10, please don't upgrade to it. It crashes a ton. I had to freaking boost my fan just to run it. :undecided:
I use DVI-D for over clocking. You can't really over clock with HDMI. It crashes at 50FPS.
Untrue,

SLI is a bad idea because almost no game ever works quite reliably with it.

Adding a second GPU if the same type isn't automatically 2x performance.

It's 100% more money for maybe 50% performance in 30% of games.

A new single GPU is always the best solution. A modern GTX 960 costs around $230 - $240, and provides superb performance in all modern (and future) titles on normal gaming resolutions. 4K, 3D or surround monitor gaming notwithstanding.

Single GTX 960:
- $235 average, $215 minimum
- 120 Watts maximum load power consumption
- Average of 55 FPS on Metro: Last Light benchmark at FullHD and max settings

Source:
Pricing:
EVGA GeForce GTX 960 04G-P4-3962-KR 4GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card - Newegg.com

Thermal and power:
GeForce GTX 960 | Specifications | GeForce

Benchmark:
Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 graphics card review: Maxwell meets PC gaming's sweet spot | PCWorld


2x GTX 760 SLi configuration:
- 2x $150 = $300 total
- 2X 170 Wats = 340 Watts total
- Average of 61 FPS on Metro: Last Light but with some settings turned down (Motion Blur and Tesselation at Normal, and no NV PhysX) = so that's somewhat equivalent performance

Source:
Pricing:
ZOTAC ZT-70401-10P G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card - Newegg.com (cheapest one I can find)
Benchmark:
GeForce GTX 760 SLI review - DX11: Metro Last Light
Termals and power:
GeForce GTX 760 | Specifications | GeForce

So I'm paying $80 more and using 200 Watts of power (higher electricity bill) for equivalent performance if I'm using older SLI, instead of newer single GPU.

That's not "saving a lot of money" if you ask me, neither in short run nor long one.
It's simple really: New tech = better.
 
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Untrue,

SLI is a bad idea because almost no game ever works quite reliably with it.

Adding a second GPU if the same type isn't automatically 2x performance.

It's 100% more money for maybe 50% performance in 30% of games.

A new single GPU is always the best solution. A modern GTX 960 costs around $230 - $240, and provides superb performance in all modern (and future) titles on normal gaming resolutions. 4K, 3D or surround monitor gaming notwithstanding.

Single GTX 960:
- $235 average, $215 minimum
- 120 Watts maximum load power consumption
- Average of 55 FPS on Metro: Last Light benchmark at FullHD and max settings

Source:
Pricing:
EVGA GeForce GTX 960 04G-P4-3962-KR 4GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card - Newegg.com

Thermal and power:
GeForce GTX 960 | Specifications | GeForce

Benchmark:
Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 graphics card review: Maxwell meets PC gaming's sweet spot | PCWorld


2x GTX 760 SLi configuration:
- 2x $150 = $300 total
- 2X 170 Wats = 340 Watts total
- Average of 61 FPS on Metro: Last Light but with some settings turned down (Motion Blur and Tesselation at Normal, and no NV PhysX) = so that's somewhat equivalent performance

Source:
Pricing:
ZOTAC ZT-70401-10P G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card - Newegg.com (cheapest one I can find)
Benchmark:
GeForce GTX 760 SLI review - DX11: Metro Last Light
Termals and power:
GeForce GTX 760 | Specifications | GeForce

So I'm paying $80 more and using 200 Watts of power (higher electricity bill) for equivalent performance if I'm using older SLI, instead of newer single GPU.

That's not "saving a lot of money" if you ask me, neither in short run nor long one.
It's simple really: New tech = better.
That is good advice. However dual of the same model actually works well. However I might consider that model.
What are your computer specs? Also this is the best deal I found.
http://www.microcenter.com/product/443053/GeForce_GTX_760_2GB_PCI-e_(Refurbished)
Also check out the price of the Geforce Titan. xD
 
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That is good advice. However dual of the same model actually works well. However I might consider that model.
Which model do you have?

If it makes you feel any better, my gaming machine is still going by GTX 560 :D I picked up a Galaxy edition, 2GB memory model a while back. Still works good. I'd very much like to upgrade to GTX 960 by the end of next year, before next Mass Effect is out.
 
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Which model do you have?

If it makes you feel any better, my gaming machine is still going by GTX 560 :D I picked up a Galaxy edition, 2GB memory model a while back. Still works good. I'd very much like to upgrade to GTX 960 by the end of next year, before next Mass Effect is out.
I think I have a 660. I forget, I use DVI-D for display. Its a great card. I am working on over clocking it. I think the 660 will play almost any game. It could run Cyrisis 3 with dual I think. Also do you have steam. If so what is your steam ID, I might friend you if you have it.
 

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I don't program. However I am good at developing minecraft servers. I also built my own computer. I really like building my own stuff for some reason. It is just more custom and rewarding.
Also all I can say is I am young for what I can do. Also I live in the US. Cant share my state. For confidential reasons. I honestly didn't think gamers were here as well. I haven't heard of your old tag. However I do assume the game it is from has combat or building, inventing. I do play, Minecraft, Terraria, CS:GO, CODAW, CODMW3, CODGHOSTS, GMOD, TF2. Computer Science is what I want to do for a living though. Wait just checked I was correct, the reference is a comes from a combat game. I do think I will check out that Mass Effect game though. Isn't that the reference you were talking about. It looks like a cool game...


I'm pretty sure that pro gamers play games for a living. See professional:engaged in a specified activity as one's main paid occupation rather than as a pastime. Although having a second source of reliable income isn't a bad idea. Once you get the chance to take some computer science courses you will get a feel for whether programming gives you the same excitement as games or the sense of accomplishment of plugging computer components into each other. I enjoy all three myself.

Welcome to the forums. :) Sorry to hear about your age and location confidentiality restrictions. I'm sure you'll be able to learn some interesting things here despite that.
 
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I'm pretty sure that pro gamers play games for a living. See professional:engaged in a specified activity as one's main paid occupation rather than as a pastime. Although having a second source of reliable income isn't a bad idea. Once you get the chance to take some computer science courses you will get a feel for whether programming gives you the same excitement as games or the sense of accomplishment of plugging computer components into each other. I enjoy all three myself.

Welcome to the forums. :) Sorry to hear about your age and location confidentiality restrictions. I'm sure you'll be able to learn some interesting things here despite that.
I am on computers a lot when I am not a school. Does that count. Sometimes I freaking play on the computer for 12 hours strait. :yh:
 

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I'd specify "pro gamers" as people who play games for a living, or are exceptionally good at it that they're considered among the best of the best. I wouldn't consider people who play a lot pro gamers, but rather hardcore gamers. I used to play a lot too, sometimes 16-17 hours a day. Sadly the games that I used to play haven't been as good lately and I have trouble finding any games that make me want to play them as much as I used to. I've been wanting a G-Sync monitor with 4K res for a while now, but I've had bad experiences with G-Sync monitors in the past. Every single one that I've tried either had a bunch of dead pixels, or uneven backlighting. So I guess I'll just have to wait a couple more years until G-Sync becomes somewhat of a standard in monitors.
 




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