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Ok guys here is my problem:

My GPU buget is 510€

I am saving for Kepler which is why I am only making a temporary GPU update which I will not watercool meaning they need to cool good.
Also very important is the resell value of the card(s) because I want to get as much money back when selling them before Kepler arrives.

For months I have been set on getting 2x6950 Twin Frozr III in CF.
Because of their superior scaling, cooling,price/value/performance, higher VRAM amount , better power consumption and overclocking efficiency compared to a 570 SLI setup.

The main reason why I wanted to go with 6950 CF is because of their low price I could get non ref TWFIII and still be in my budget.

I would have prefered 570 SLI but because of their higher price point I would only be able to afford crappy ref 570´s in SLI which would get hot for sure.


So I need : good cooling (probably non ref), great overclocking efficiency, and most importantly the best possible resell value.
And now I was thinking.
6950 TWFIII CF will cause many problems ...... , 570 SLI ref will get too hot.

So what is the last option?

GTX 580!

I am still not sure if it will provide enough performance and if it will stay cool because as reviews show they get hot.
But I saw the GTX 580 3GB version and I just can´t stop thinking now -.-

My budget is 510€

Here my options on 580´s :
http://geizhals.at/?fs=gtx%20580&cat=gra16_512
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post #3 of 37
Go the gainward/palit 560ti 2gb cards in SLI
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MSI 580 Lightning XTreme (3GB version of lightning)
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Quote:
Originally Posted by somebodysb2 View Post
MSI 580 Lightning XTreme (3GB version of lightning)
Highly likely to break the bank...

2x560 2gb cards in SLI will cost less and be faster...
post #6 of 37
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ishinomori View Post
Highly likely to break the bank...

2x560 2gb cards in SLI will cost less and be faster...
Great suggestion, I heard those non ref 560 ti's are oc'ed to 570 levels.

which one are you talking about, 560 or 560 ti?
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Why would a 6950 CF setup cause problems ?
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post #8 of 37
Definately the 560Ti
post #9 of 37
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I don´t wanna get 6950 CF TWFIII because of the following reason:

1.)Resell value is not so great ..I will sell in ebay and people don´t pay much for them used.

2.)I would have to get them in CF ....in because they exhaust all the heat into the case they will get hot and because CF/SLI setup naturally gets hot I won´t be able to overclock them enough.

People come on think^^ If I won´t go 6950 CF I certainly won´t decide for 560 SLI...

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I wanna get Kepler SLI ...that is why I am limiting my GPU upgrade budget to 510€ and can´t watercool either because I need the money.

That is why this GPU update needs to have :

1.)Great cooling since I can´t water cool and my case hasn´t the best airflow

2.)Great overclocking ability !!

3.)Great resell value because I wanna get most of the money I spent back when I sell them for Kepler.


Keep in mind that I want to sell this upgrade as soon as Kepler is released.


The only cards that fit into my budget are:


6950 CF
570 SLI
580 3GB Single
6990

With the 6950 CF I can even afford the non ref version because they are cheap.
But they will have heat issues,bad resell value and due to the heat bad overclocking results but overall great performance

With the 570 SLI I could only afford ref and a cheap Palit Dual Fan version since they are more expensive.
Massive heat problems in SLI, due to that worse overclocking ability , but good resell value and overall great performance

With the 580 3GB I will have great resell value , good cooling since it is one card and because I can afford a non ref version even better cooling, due to that great overclocking ability but worse overall performance than the other versions.

With the 6990 I will have the best resell value , bad cooling, bad overclocking due to AMD restrictions and worse overall performance than 6950 CF.


So what should I do?
Edited by Kung Pow - 5/28/11 at 3:31am
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post #10 of 37
You answered your own question, 580 3GB for you.

Besides, the heat from 560 SLI is not that bad...
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