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Baloney and horse hockey. There's plenty of reasons why someone would want Nvidia over AMD. CUDA for folding/video editing/CAD, 3D rendering of movies and games, raw performance (price no object), way less driver issues, some Physx games, and to put it simply we don't want AMD. OMG did I just say that, imagine that?
Sorry I couldn't resist this though, he quotes me saying there are reasons for buying nvidia then rambles about how I suggest no reason to buy nvidia. I suggest some people read with an open mind, and not get worked up when some people put down their chosen product.
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To the OP regarding the PSU, staying on topic.

I think you'll be fine with the 580 SLI with a 850 watt PSU. I found this video that monitors the watts while running Metro 2033 which is an intensive graphical demanding game and heavy on GPU usage.

The video shows entire watts being drawn for the entire system and it never climbed over 756 watts. The GTX 580 is on the left hand side, watch that meter.

Running a i7 980X on Direct X11, 1920x1200 resolution, AA x4, details all set to high.


Courtesy of Trubritar.

I also watched a video by Linus on Youtube where he also ran the GTX 580 SLI on a 850 watt PSU. So I know you'll be fine.
     
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I will be going with the 580's. I wont JUST be gaming you see, i do video and photo editing aswell as 3D rendering. Im getting the 3GB models too. Also, im sure this will future proof my PC with future games and other applications for a good few years so i look at it like i dont mind spending a good bit of money now and every few years. I know Kepler is on its way....which is kind of making me think twice every now and then, but i know how good the 580's are. Every review ive read praise them in every way. The ONLY bad point is the price, but if thats not that big of a deal, then i cant see these cards being beaten. Especially in SLI.
after the Adobe CS5 CUDA hack, you can take advantage of Photoshop and Premier which makes a huge difference...
Also I use Xillisoft video converter that takes advantage of CUDA and the difference is huge from using just the CPU alone... and don't notice any artifacts or issues (others might differ)...
Personally, the 3GB might be extreme and you should only get this if you are doing a triple monitor setup at max resolutions(2560) and AA all the way up...
No single 1080p LCD TV or monitor would never see the advantage of 3GB cards(from these generation of graphic cards)...
But like you said, future proofing! I am down for it and no game next year shall bring the system down to its knee's... Battlefield 3 anyone?
Like Fuell stated, enjoy your setup! I want to see some benchmarks as they are hard to find...
Edited by Chris13002 - 5/11/11 at 6:49am
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Lol, Battlefield 3 is a definate for me! I wont be using the 3GB to its potential straight away, but i intend to have a multi monitor setup in the future so....
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To the OP,

I read this post on the EVGA forum. The consensus is that though 850 watt psu can run 580 in SLI it wouldn't be wise to overclock them. That's pushing the PSU. So I'd like to say I think you'd be safer with a 950 watt Corsair TX or something of that wattage.

Here is that EVGA thread.
     
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To the OP,

I read this post on the EVGA forum. The consensus is that though 850 watt psu can run 580 in SLI it wouldn't be wise to overclock them. That's pushing the PSU. So I'd like to say I think you'd be safer with a 950 watt Corsair TX or something of that wattage.

Here is that EVGA thread.
Thanks for that, i have just the other day found that out and now looking to get the Corsair AX1200.
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