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I'm getting ready to purchase the graphics card(or cards) for my new system. I've been scouring the internet for reviews and benchmarks, so I have a pretty good idea how these options stack up performance-wise, but thought I would ask for some opinions and maybe get some other options to consider before I spend any money.

The main components are an i5-2500K, Gigabyte Z68X-UD4, 4GB G.Skill ram, and a Seasonic X750 power supply. My current monitor is 1680x1050, but I intend to replace it with 1080p sometime in the near future(don't really have any interest to go larger than this). I'm trying not to go too much over $400; here's the three options currently at the top of my list.

1: I can purchase a pair of XFX 6870's on newegg right now for $355.98 after rebate(I suppose that's effectively $315.99 if I count the free copy of Shogun 2). As far as I can tell, this is the highest performing of my three options, but doesn't really leave any room to upgrade.

2: The reference GTX 570 can be had for around $310-$330. I question if this card might be a bit lacking in performance as a single card at 1080p. Adding SLI later would still be pretty expensive, but maybe a better choice than dropping a grand on a pair of 580's.

3: My last option is a single GTX 580. Looks like it can be had for about $450 depending on the model. By the time I have enough extra money to put these in SLI and buy a bigger PSU, much better cards will probably be out. SLI also seems to be extreme overkill at this resolution. Don't get me wrong, I love overkill, but this is really only an option if it's good enough by itself.

I was reluctant to put up another "which card should I buy" thread, but I like my purchases to be as educated as possible. I'm open to other suggestions and reasonable overclocks. Any input is greatly appreciated.
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I'm getting ready to purchase the graphics card(or cards) for my new system. I've been scouring the internet for reviews and benchmarks, so I have a pretty good idea how these options stack up performance-wise, but thought I would ask for some opinions and maybe get some other options to consider before I spend any money.

The main components are an i5-2500K, Gigabyte Z68X-UD4, 4GB G.Skill ram, and a Seasonic X750 power supply. My current monitor is 1680x1050, but I intend to replace it with 1080p sometime in the near future(don't really have any interest to go larger than this). I'm trying not to go too much over $400; here's the three options currently at the top of my list.

1: I can purchase a pair of XFX 6870's on newegg right now for $355.98 after rebate(I suppose that's effectively $315.99 if I count the free copy of Shogun 2). As far as I can tell, this is the highest performing of my three options, but doesn't really leave any room to upgrade.

2: The reference GTX 570 can be had for around $310-$330. I question if this card might be a bit lacking in performance as a single card at 1080p. Adding SLI later would still be pretty expensive, but maybe a better choice than dropping a grand on a pair of 580's.

3: My last option is a single GTX 580. Looks like it can be had for about $450 depending on the model. By the time I have enough extra money to put these in SLI and buy a bigger PSU, much better cards will probably be out. SLI also seems to be extreme overkill at this resolution. Don't get me wrong, I love overkill, but this is really only an option if it's good enough by itself.

I was reluctant to put up another "which card should I buy" thread, but I like my purchases to be as educated as possible. I'm open to other suggestions and reasonable overclocks. Any input is greatly appreciated.
You could do any of those setups on the seasonic 750.

the 6870 is the best bang for buck, but like you said, once you buy it, there's no more room to upgrade.

I think you should go with the 580, since the 1536mb of memory will help at 1080p and will always leave room for another card....just in case.
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I think even one 570 is plenty for 1080p. For me one 560 maxed out bc2 and black ops at 1080. Only games I really play right now.

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1. AMD 6870's are a great choice. Slightly better than one GTX 580. No need to change your PSU. No further upgrade to your GPU's down the road. No need to upgrade your cards for another two years. If you do go the AMD 6870's crossfire you will be set gaming for the next couple years easily before you have to upgrade to a new set of cards. Total 2 years.

2. GTX 570 it's about 15% less performance of the GTX 580 at 70% of the cost. Not as powerful lagging by another 15% than the GTX 580 against two AMD 6870's. You wouldn't need another 570 for another year. If you do decide to go with a second in SLI you will need another PSU. Corsair 850 watt would fit the bill very nicely. You can go another two more years after that. Total 3 years.

3. GTX 580 not as powerful again as two AMD 6870's but pretty darn close. You won't need to buy another GTX 580 for a couple of years. If you should decide to go with a second in SLI you will need another PSU. Corsair 1000 watt would fit the bill very nicely. You can go another two more years after that. Total 4 years.

In the end two GTX 570's will rape the two AMD 6870's and the GTX 580's more so.

Now the next question is personal because you have to decide what kind of upgrade down the road you can afford?

I can see why you didn't go with two GTX 560's or AMD 6950's right now as you'd also have to upgrade your PSU as well right now.

I can speak from experience that the single card solution of the GTX 580 is playing all my games, including heavy graphical games like Crysis, Metro 2033 and the new Crysis 2 with ease maxed out everything.

If you've watched Battlefield 3 it's played with a GTX 580. Very nice card to handle intense graphics. Just to give you a visual and idea on what it does currently. Plus the drivers haven't matured. (Two AMD 6870's will perform the same btw).

So that's why I said it's up to you on what you think you'd want to be doing. The most important thing is you do what's best for you and your budget or preference on your three options you listed and did homework on.

     
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