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Ok, so its been a whole 2 months and now I'm wanting some more bang out of my rig. Its really idiotic, I admit, because my 560's are capable of maxing out every game I play as is. But the allure of more power is so tempting and I have lots of money just burning a hole in my pocket. This creates a conundrum, however: What to get?

Option 1 - Nothing. My rig is more than powerful enough as-is and wasting any more money when new tech is coming later this year would just be stupid.

Option 2 - Upgrade to a more powerful setup, but watch my pennies. In this scenario I would graduate to either CFX 6970's or SLI 570's (TFIII's either way). I could have two N570GTX TFIII's from Amazon right now for $630 shipped and when I sell my 560's would only be out of pocket a couple hundred bucks (two 6970's would run about $750 or $350 out of pocket). I definitely like the money savings of this option but would the performance increase really be worth it?

Option 3 - Break the bank! I could conceivably spring for two GTX 580 Lightnings right now. This would be a massive improvement in performance but the cost could be my marriage if the wife finds out how much they cost! I'm also concerned about my PSU. I think the HX750 is enough but there would be no headroom. If I'm honest though, this is my favorite option. The thought of two of these beasts in my rig makes me weak in the knees!

Option 4 - I'm also considering the GTX 580 TFII's. I'm not fanatical about OCing and I imagine the TFII's are still great cards. How do these stack up against the Lightnings anyway?

So there you have it. This whole hobby is a disease, I swear! I'm open to any and all suggestions. Oh, and I plan on picking up a C300 256GB SSD soon as well....
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SSD and better CPU cooler.
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How bout the SSD plus some water cooling? Another awesome hobby to put some money in and it's immensely fun
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i think going dual cards is a good idea and will net you some decent up in perf. but burn more of a hole for yourself by getting stuck into some sick custom WC equipment then you will truly admire your upgrade.
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go all out and stretch the cards to the limit by getting some insane big screens to bench some games on just for the luls
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SSD and better CPU cooler.
This is a good solution. Without going to the 580s, you're not going to see an improvement that feels like it was worth the money. A single 590 might also be a consideration, yes, they're slightly temperamental, but EVGA's has a lifetime warranty and if you RMA it 6 months down the road, you'll probably get a 680 back since the 590 is a limited run.

Might also consider watercooling, that'll run around 250-300 to do it right, overclock the 560s, take the 2600k to 5.0ghz and adding a SSD while making the system quieter will definitely give a strong performance boost.
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SSD and with SB and 560s watercooling are poor choices if you're looking for more actual IG performance.

I'm in the same boat sort, The Witcher 2 has got me thinking about possible upgrade paths.

However it has dropped my system well below 60 fps, I'm going to try a few tweeks, but even with SLI fixed to give me 99% usage I'm still getting around 44 fps at 900 core. It feels a bit wrong to have watercooled 470s in SLI on a 1080p screen giving that lack of gpu power feeling already. Its not even a vram issue, its purely simply not enough gpu processing power.

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plus some water cooling? Another awesome hobby to put some money in and it's immensely fun
It's all fun and games 'till a component gets hurt.
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Its not really that, watercool is safe so long as the operator is capable.

Its just the fact that neither SB nor 560s really get a large benefit from watercooling.
    
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Hell Balla, I just want the 580's because I'm sick of your 470's kicking my ass!!
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