Originally Posted by juano
But as for the question, you would have to be really lucky to catch a 580 Lightning on open box or on sale, so I wouldn't wait for that unless you've got nothing but time. In my opinion the biggest difference between the 580 and a good 570 isn't the processing power, because they aren't too far apart in that regard and it can be made up through overclocking, but it is instead the VRAM difference. If you would like to play with the most AA possible or continue to use the 580 years (and I do mean years not the 6-12 months people often upgrade in) in to the future then the extra VRAM will help. Other than that I would go for a good 570 like the Asus DCII or MSI TFIII because they are much better value for what you get if you plan to use them for ~2 years or less. With the 580 you are paying a price premium for "e-peen" because Nvidia can charge whatever the please for the fastest single GPU.
i respect you for saying that. You own a 580 and yet you would direct some one to a slightly lesser card because you know the price/performance value of the 580 isn't the best. We need more honest people on here. I own a 570 twin frozr III, overclocked it a fair amount and agree it should keep you content for what your looking for. Don't get me wrong, if i had a few extra hundred dollars to blow, i would have gotten the 580 lightning.