Originally Posted by mindwaste
Hey guys, I just joined these forums, and am already loving the wealth of information. I have been out of the whole pc scene for a while sticking to xbox 360 and what not. But I have finally ordered a new pc and here are the specs so far:
Intel i7-2600 3.4ghz, 8gb 1333 GDDR3, 1TB HDD
The only thing thats bothering me is a video card and a psu, I was wondering if you guys can help me out (PS. the price difference I am getting between both cards is only $50 via friend)
Amazon.com: GeForce GTX 580 AMP 1536 MB GDDR5 384-bit (815MHz/4100MHz) PCI-Express Graphics Card ZT-50102-10P: Electronics
The reason why I am skeptical is because I have heard of MSI and that frozrIII design looks solid for keeping noise levels low and keep the card cool, the Zotac I have no idea who they are or how good that card is.
Any help would be greatly appreciated! Need to order this ASAP! (also still undecided on the psu so any suggestions are welcome)
Somewhat of a tuff choice. The MSI GTX 570 TF III is an awesome solid card without any issues, on the TFIII cards anyway. It will over clock and reach 580 levels.
The Zotac is still a GTX 580, they have no issues at all no matter which vendor, but I've never owned one. It will over clock and surpass the 570 OC proportionately.
I guess it will depend on your budget and the PSU you'll need to include in your budget.
PSU: I always leave room on the PSU as if you were going to purchase a second to SLI. Leave that future proof door open.
Going SLI with the 570 then safely 850 watts.
Going SLI with the 580 then safely 950 watts.
People will tell you about a 100 watts less for each but having some over head and not pushing the power limit past 80% is key for a long life in PSU and components it's running. The ripple that happens at full loads can slowly damage your CPU, MOBO, RAM, and GPU if your pushing it often and/or for long periods of time while gaming.
After weighing the choices on owning both, you'd probably be better to decide than someone else for you which way is best for you.
Hard to find reviews on Zotac since it's mainly out of the US as vendor.
Zotac GTX 580 Review
Ton of reviews on MSI Twin Frozr III and it's one of the best non-reference cards out there on any series.
MSI GTX 570 Twin Frozr III
If I were choosing between your choices I'd go MSI TFIII GTX 570, it's 15% less performance under a GTX 580. Then again your getting a deal for only $50 difference which throws a monkey wrench into the picture and even though it's a Zotac it's still a GTX 580 and I'm bias toward them. You are getting it from a friend and that's safer than buying a used one online from a stranger. So it's a toss up.
After viewing the PSU option - ask yourself which is better for you?