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* New cpu/ram cooler
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Originally Posted by bfeng91 View Post
Well SLI 580s seems like a fairly reasonable upgrade if you can get it to $350 out of pocket. Reasonable amount of money for a reasonable (in my mind) gain in performance. After that (and your SSD), I'd recommend upgrading sound and/or (if you're up to it) dabble in WC. It'll make your parts run cooler and you can coax some more out of those 580's.
Unfortunately it'll be a bit more out of pocket for the 580's. Two will cost around $1050. I figure I could get close to $400 for my 560's so that leaves an out of pocket cost of $650 for the 580 Lightnings.

Lots of other great suggestions as well (that Corsair 600T in white is mighty tempting)! Thanks!
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Majin,

You're running a 1080P monitor. It's kinda pointless to fork a lot of cash into more powerful cards right now...

WAIT! New cards coming up, new games...you're fine for now, and you'll be able to get some next-gen cards in a few months! Benchmarking scores isn't everything..these things are meant to render 3D games...

If you want to invest in triple-monitor setup, or a huge screen at high resolution, then the SLI 580s could be justified! If not, those 560Ti's in SLI are pretty nice IMHO
Edited by delavan - 5/26/11 at 3:06am
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Originally Posted by Majin SSJ Eric View Post
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?
Definitely 3! or 4 depending on your preferences. I was in the same boat as you, and I upgraded my 5850s to 580s. Water cooled them and everything. Only problem is I haven't done anything with them yet... and I got them back at the beginning of April . I've got a bad case of gamer's apathy right now. I still like having them, even though I don't use them.
    
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option one ftw.
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Ah, to hell with it - get some 580s.

People often say to me "you have more money than sense" but I don't think I have a great deal of either.
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post #27 of 65
Option one.

Seriously, if you have anything more than 5850 for 1920x1080, you're overkill.
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Option one.

Seriously, if you have anything more than 5850 for 1920x1080, you're overkill.
nope, not even close. When your FPS is always over your monitor's refresh rate then you have enough GPU power.

And just a suggestion: Keep the 560s, buy 580s, put all of them in your case, fold = win.
 
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nope, not even close. When your FPS is always over your monitor's refresh rate then you have enough GPU power.

And just a suggestion: Keep the 560s, buy 580s, put all of them in your case, fold = win.
There's only a few games that need more than a 5850 and only a couple of those are actually good.
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There's only a few games that need more than a 5850 and only a couple of those are actually good.
not a good argument really... If the only thing you played would be Age of empires 2 you wouldn't need more than an ATI rage card. Wouldn't mean that you could say that anything over that is overkill.

take BFBC2 for example, hugely popular ATM and eats a 5850 for breakfast @ 1080p during heavy fighting/explosions. You'd probably see a minimum of 25fps.
 
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