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Hello to all,

This is my first post on this forum but I've read it several times and really helped me so far. Since there are more than enough experienced registered users I decided to ask you something about the graphic card solutions I've come up to so far. The reason for doing this is that I am planning to built a new system in the next month; I intend to use it for some photo and video editing and play some new games if they look appealing. Money is not an issue for me but I won't spend more than 600$ on a graphic solution. Here are my options so far:

I. Single GPU.

1. MSI nVidia GeForce GTX 580
2. Asus nVidia GeForce GTX 580
3. eVGA nVidia GeForce GTX 580.

II. SLI.

1. 2 x eVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti.

III. CrossFire.

1. 2 x Asus Radeon HD 6870.
2. 2 x HIS ATI Radeon HD 6950.

No matter of what I will opt for, it will go with the following components:

Intel Core i7 2600K + Corsair H70 Hydro
Asus Maximus IV Extreme 3.0
Corsair 16 GB DDR3 1600 MHz (Vengeance)
HDD WDC 1.5TB 7200 RPM, 64 MB Buffer, SATA 3
Corsair TX 850W inside a Thermaltake Dokker case

What are your suggestions via the graphic solutions? I believe the 850W PSU is more than enough to handle the SLI/CrossFire solutions. Feel free to address suggestions to the rest of the PC components I've picked. Thank you in advance!
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post #2 of 25
I would go with a single GTX 580 or HD 6970.

Don't get me wrong, the GTX 560 Ti and the HD 6870 scale amazingly when used in SLI or CrossFire, but by using 2 of these cards, you would be maxing out your GPU upgrade options.

With a single GTX 580 or HD 6970 you will be able to add another one when they are cheaper and have a MONSTER dual GPU setup later down the road.
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Get a GTX 580 and sell your GTX 560 so you can have money to SLI in the future.
    
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post #4 of 25
my opinion:

2x gtx 560 > single gtx 580.
2x 6950> single gtx 580
between sli and xfire, scaling is greater for amd card on 6xxx series. hence i would suggest 6950 x2. 560 and 6950 are both good in term of price/performance ratio hence cant go wrong with both of them.

grab gtx 580 if you prefer single card solution (less heat, less power, less problem due to new game scaling problem)
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post #5 of 25
I would go a single 6970 like Panicprone said.

Aside from it doing what you'll want it too, it leaves a LOT of room for expansion (including a 2nd GPU and up too 4 monitors on the single GPU, if you swing that way- I know I do! ). Aside from that, there's always the thought of heat. 2 GPUs will produce a rather high amount of heat, where as one will produce a significant cooler computer as a whole.

No matter what you pick, welcome to OCN, and hope the system turns out as well as it's looking!
post #6 of 25
single 6970 or crossfire 6950 if you plan on using 3 monitors
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post #7 of 25
I suggest what I myself use, which would be two 2 GB 6950 in crossfire. I also have first hand experience with SLI of two GTX 560 ti that my buddy has. You cannot go wrong with those either.
Honestly, you cannot go wrong with any of the setup you suggested except the 6870. Not worth it since you can get 6950 for a bit more. And for 6950s, my suggestion would be 2 GB version. I personally always liked multi card setup. For a single card setup, both GTX 580 or 6970 will be good, GTX 580 being more powerful at 1080p or less. But if you get a 6970 now, you can crossfire later with another 6970 without having to upgrade your PSU. GTX 580 SLI may require more power - someone with first hand knowledge need to chime in.
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post #8 of 25
Two 560Ti's or 6950's will be all the graphics you will need for a while. They will destroy any single gpu card and almost all current games utilize SLI/CF very well. That being said, I have two 560's and find myself now wanting to upgrade. Just be aware that power is an addiction and (if you are like me) you won't be satisfied even with two mainstream cards for very long....
post #9 of 25
Oh and the multi-card setup's ace in the hole is that if one breaks down you still have another to get you through the RMA process....
post #10 of 25
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Originally Posted by lotdash0t View Post
grab gtx 580 if you prefer single card solution (less heat, less power, less problem due to new game scaling problem)
Also less microstutter, and by less I mean none.
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