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I've been doing a ton of research but still can't decide on these options. I have 1k to spend and will be on a 55" LED TV running 1920x1080 and want to run max in game settings. So here are the options: 6990+6970, 3x 6970, 3x GTX 570, or 2x GTX580's. They will also be on water and will be overclocking them.

From what I've been reading it seems the 580's have a more stable FPS across the board and all of the AMD's are like a roller coaster but they achieve higher FPS overall. But I also can't find any recent reviews with the latest drivers for a real comparison. I've been trying to figure this out for about the last 2months so your guys' help will be greatly appreciated.
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I've been doing a ton of research but still can't decide on these options. I have 1k to spend and will be on a 55" LED TV running 1920x1080 and want to run max in game settings. So here are the options: 6990+6970, 3x 6970, 3x GTX 570, or 2x GTX580's. They will also be on water and will be overclocking them.

From what I've been reading it seems the 580's have a more stable FPS across the board and all of the AMD's are like a roller coaster but they achieve higher FPS overall. But I also can't find any recent reviews with the latest drivers for a real comparison. I've been trying to figure this out for about the last 2months so your guys' help will be greatly appreciated.
$1,000 won't be enough for any of those options with waterblocks.

But the AMD options may net you higher FPS.
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post #3 of 32
are you spending 1k total or 1k on just the cards? if you're accounting for blocks for each of those setups 1k won't cover them.
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post #4 of 32
just get a single 590.
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post #5 of 32
For 1920x1080 a single 580 or 6970 will run anything at high/max... At most look into dual 6970's.
 
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post #6 of 32
dont really understand why such a huge budget on cards... one high end card or 2 will do you fine. 3 is overkill to the max... your only running 1080p. If you were running 3 at 1080p then yes, get tri-fire or 3 way sli, but other wise it will be just like a 24inch monitor running 1080p.
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post #7 of 32
This might help you out, although it only pits the 6990+6970 vs GTX 580 SLI. From what I can tell, the AMD solution is well over a $1000, so take these test's target price of $1000 with a grain of salt. I'd go with 580s since I fold, but that's just me.
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post #8 of 32
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1K is for cards only, and I know they aren't exactly 1K it's + or - $100 or so. The water set up is not in the price, I was saying that to let you guys know how it will be set up for overclocking.

To those of you wondering why, I'm simply trying to "future proof" my system. I buy a crazy expensive computer about every 4yrs. So with the newest and latest improvements I'm quite confident I will be able to play games at max settings for years to come.
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post #9 of 32
If you plan on staying with that TV, a single 590 is your best bet. It will absolutely max everything out right now at 1080p, and you can add another in a year when the price is lower to stay current.

Or you could go 6990, and add another for quadfire in a year. Buying anything more right now is paying a premium for power you don't need, and as long as you can just drop in another and add power, you might as well wait for the price to drop if you don't need the extra power right now.
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post #10 of 32
just grab a 6990 or a 590 and put a waterblock on it.
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