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So I've been looking at EVGA's website and the 480SC+ is getting cheaper and cheaper and it has been making me think, should I venture into the land of SLI?

I game at 1920x1200 and play mostly GTA:IV, BFBC2, World in COnflict, COD4, and Shogun 2 Total War. Maybe Farcry 2 if I want to install it.

The issues involved would require a new PSU since I know my current 650W can't handle SLI. My first choice would be either the X750/760 models from Seasonic.

Another alternative would be to get a 3GB 580 when they eventually come out from EVGA, or heck even the 590.

So 3 options:

1. Keep my 650W PSU and wait for the 3GB 580 from EVGA.
2. Upgrade to the 750/760W units and purchase another 480 for SLI.
3. Upgrade to the 750/760W units and purchase a GTX 590.

I am liking the design of the 590, call it fanboyism or just wanting a awesome single card for SLI.
post #2 of 6
Hell, you only run at 1920x1200. SLi isn't even required for the most part. The only reason to get it would be to "look cool", and a small FPS increase. SLi only really shines its wings on huge resolutions, 27"+.

Wait for the 590 rather than waste money on another PSU and another GPU. You won't even use 3GB of video RAM at that resolution.
Edited by jNSK - 4/26/11 at 1:53am
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A 650 can handle a 580.
A 750 will be a bit in the almost not with two 480s.
Especially if you run dual monitor (which takes a bit more power from the cards).
A 650 should be handle a 590, but its recommended a 700+, just for the over-head and OCing.

Heat wise, 480s will run pretty hot over the other alternatives. Its a standard cooling card with binned GPU.

If you like single cards, a 590 is the best option (or 6990 if you don't care about brand, as its a bit cheaper).
The 580 3GB is nice, but the 3GB won't really come into play in 1920x1200 at 60hz.
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I'm not sure if I would risk using the 590 on a 650W PSU, but I do think I will get the 590. I just can't help it, this dual GPU card looks more promising then the 295 did. I guess because the EVGA version has "Classified" in the name .
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I would watch the price on the Seasonic X750, I was able to get mine for $105 on the egg about 10 days ago, but now it's back up to $160. There should be deals for it pretty frequently though seeing as it's been replaced by the X760.
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SLI is pretty sweet this is the second time for sli for me the first was with GTX 285's ,all i can say is once u have had it there is no going back!
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