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580 , 480 , 5870, 285 ,260 ,4850,9600gt owner here.
The 580 is a sweet card Just cost alot got mine under water @ 950core 90-120 fps @ 1080p 120hz in bc2, nothing like it.

570 die from bad 4 phase power. 480 and the 570 ~ = i would get 480 cheap. i hit 850 core on mine (2 in sli) was sweet but power bill, made me pull it and few games was not scaling
480 better overclocked, 570 better on heat and power.
If i where u and encode get 480 used, and be good.
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The GTX 570 or HD 6970 will be a great choice, offering about a 20% performance increase over your GTS 450 SLI setup.

I wouldn't get the 580 because like you said, the price doesn't really warrant the purchase.

I have a reference GTX 570 and the VRM problem is a bit overblown I think. The cards OC for me just fine, they only get dangerous at rather high voltage levels. I'm not saying a VRM problem doesn't exist because it does... But it only comes into play if you are doing some heavy overclocking.

GTX 570's can push about 1.085v before you need to worry about VRM's which still allows for a nice overclock of about 15- 20% performance increase over stock. Many GTX 570's these days even run on a custom VRM design that eliminates this issue completely.

The real question is if you really need a 20% performance increase over your 450 SLI, and only you can decide that.

If you are really worried about VRM design and you plan on heavy overclocking then the HD 6970 will be the best choice for you since those can OC pretty heavily.
Edited by Talon95 - 5/18/11 at 3:26pm
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The GTX 570 or HD 6970 will be a great choice, offering about a 20% performance increase over your GTS 450 SLI setup.

I wouldn't get the 580 because like you said, the price doesn't really warrant the purchase.

I have a reference GTX 570 and the VRM problem is a bit overblown I think. The cards OC for me just fine, they only get dangerous at rather high voltage levels. I'm not saying a VRM problem doesn't exist because it does... But it only comes into play if you are doing some heavy overclocking.

GTX 570's can push about 1.085v before you need to worry about VRM's which still allows for a nice overclock of about 15- 20% performance increase over stock. Many GTX 570's these days even run on a custom VRM design that eliminates this issue completely.

The real question is if you really need a 20% performance increase over your 450 SLI, and only you can decide that.

If you are really worried about VRM design and you plan on heavy overclocking then the HD 6970 will be the best choice for you since those can OC pretty heavily.
Hmm... very tempting - especially one of those MSI TFII/III

Any ideas/speculation on how good the next gen ones will be? The GTX 600 series? Or, I could wait a few months then grab a 580... by how much would you guys think the 580 will drop in the next 2-4 months?
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The 600 series will offer a massive improvement over the 500 series because it shrinks the fab process down to 28nm and will allow it to be more efficient, cooler, and that will allow NVIDIA to pack more punch into the card. The 600 series isn't for quite a couple more months though.

When the 600 series comes out there will be a flood of people selling GTX 580's for pretty cheap on this website... You could probably nab one for ~$300 by then and the 570's will probably sell for $200ish. Picking up last generation parts once the new generation hits can save some serious cash.
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Chances of the 580 lowering in price prior to the launch of the 600 series are slim at best. If you go 570, go with the TFIII or DCII as the TFII uses a reference board that is susceptible to the VRM issues.

Speculation on the 600 series is flaky at best. All we know is that it looks to be 2.5x more efficient than the fermi series, whether that efficiency will be used to lower heat and power consumption or increase raw power we're completely in the dark on though.
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A rough ETA on the 600 series?

Also, the problem of what to spend $500 comes to mind... Not an SSD though... just not worth it for my purposes yet
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Rough ETA: Q4 2011

Nothing is certain though.

You could spend $500 on a GTX 680? That would be a pretty big upgrade.
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I was going to quote a bunch of replies here until I realized that there were too many to do so.

Thanks for all the suggestions guys, but now I'm even more confused... now I'm starting to consider ATI's as well... The problem with the 560's is that it won't really give me more performance with just a single card. I'd have to buy two - its not the budget thats the problem, its just aesthetics and overall GPU temps.
Well if you plan on any sort of surround gaming with an Nvidia setup, you'll have to go SLI by default. Nvidia doesn't support 3 monitors via single GPUs atm.

There is the 590 which is a dual GPU in a single card, but it is VRAM limited at an extreme resolution like 5760x1080 and out of your listed price range anyway.

If you really want to stick to one card for surround gaming, you'll have to go AMD. That said, if you're pushing 3 screens in any kind of demanding titles, you'll probably want the processing power of 2 or more GPUs to begin with.
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595 looks sweet, mite want that
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595 looks sweet, mite want that
Yeah, but if it's like the previous ARES card, $1200 is quite steep.
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