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I would in any cases Prefer a HD 6990 over the GTX 590, due to the fact that it is more powerful. However GTX 590 supports PhysX, which makes the graphic more realistic as for example - Water waves looks more realistic and so on. Tho its not all games which supports the PhysX, the two most common games is Metro 2033 and Mafia II

But for you, that would not be a problem buying a HD 6990, as you already got a GTX 295 from nVIDIA which supports the PhysX. Meaning that you can run the HD 6990 for all the graphics and let the 295 do the PhysX job.

Tho i do not recommend you a dual card yet, therefor i would suggest you to stick with a GTX 580, i prefer the MSI GeForce GTX 580 Lightning "832" MHz over any GTX 580 at the market. Due to its high build quality and the overclocking potential. It also looks pretty damn good in real life compared to the pictures. This card is the real deal for you, if you seek High-end performance.

Upgrading to a sandy bridge, would not be the best pick for you today. As for a matter of fact your cpu can still follow up lots of things today. Instead start to considering an upgrade when the 2011 socket has been released by Intel.

My friend is running TriFire setup, using a HD 6990 & HD 6970, these two cards have a better performance than 3x GTX 580 in 3Way-SLI. Even tho a GTX 580 is a stronger card than the 6970 this TriFire setup will perform better because its using less lanes and the transport time would be minor. Also the wattage & price of HD 6990 & HD 6970 is much less than 3x GTX 580. So overall the Dual Cards will act as a single card with twice the speed, because its only in need of using 1 x16 bus. However any of these options will be quiete expensive and won't be any necessary.

Also note that, if your planning to run more than 1x GFX the card with the lowest frequency(MHz) will be used for both cards.

nVIDIA cards cannot run together with 2 different series as for example the GTX 580 and the GTX 570 won't be able to communicate because its using two different technologies.
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I still can't decide if water cooling is worth it. Does it require a lot more maintainance? Are they really that prone to leakage?
I do not believe it would be worth it in your case, prefer everything else before the water cooling, if i were you i would probably stick with the Noctua NH-D14 or the Antec Kühler H2O 920 as a start.
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I'll probably wait for the 2011 socket. Which processors would be great for that socket?
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