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^this^ seems kinda weird adding one would hurt you? And if it does, turn the res higher, it wont hurt you anymore.
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OP: For $400 you have these choices.

1. Two AMD Hawk 6870's.

2. Two Nvidia TwinFrozr II 560's.

3. One GTX 570 Lightning . Lightning has no issues. Don't let anyone tell you other wise, there lying or don't know any better.

4. One AMD 6970 Lightning.

5. One 'OPEN BOX' GTX 580 if your patient and can order from Newegg in Australlia.

These options are your strongest options for $400 usd. I see your on one monitor with 1000 watt PSU.

If you SLI/Crossfire right now your closing the door for future upgrade but you will have a good set up.

If you buy one of the higher performing options you can SLI/Crossfire later down the road and increase your performance even more so then the SLI/Crossfire options now. Prices will also drop in a couple of years which will be even a better price/performance gain and you'll get a new bump which will keep you going a couple years more.

Two 6950's will be over your budget price and to have one 6950 now isn't better than those above options in performance.

Two GTX 460's are beat by two GTX 560's in performance even if it is for less money still under your budget.

One GTX 480 is equal to one GTX 570 or AMD 6970 and I'd rather go with more update video card if I was you with current series.

Don't buy a 6950 with the hopes of unlocking shaders or flashing bios to 6970, because vendors are changing this and there is no guarantee you'd end up with one. Not to mention the risk involved which I'm not sure you'd want to take. Great over clock cards as is but the unlock is not the reason to buy one any longer. More importantly not higher in performance than those above options without successful unlock.

Personally I'd go with a single Nvidia GTX 570 Lightning card option, the upside, small one, is you can use that GTX 260 for a physx card. That however will end when you eventually SLI another 570 card though. My choice for you.

Now this is my opinion which from these replies you can see vary. Which you'd want to choose is your option. Both companies have their niche'. Your one monitor 1920x1080p is not going to require more VRM and won't increase your performance.

Ball is in your court as you do your own homework and choose what's best for you. I've narrowed it down for you and explained why.
     
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Hey guys I just have a question if I get a 570 should I still run the 260 along side it? (I dont mean sli the 260 with the 570 just to clarify) I will be rolling with a single 570 for a bit and then sli it later down the track. As you guys have said there is performance gain from running a physx card and i also read that this is less necessary if you run a single card? Im just still trying to get my head around this dedicated physx card deal.

*edit* sorry i just read the rest of Arizonian's post and realised that he said i should be using the 260 along side the 570 as a physx silly me I know.. I just woke up..

Thank you

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Hey Arizonian

I noticed you picked the msi ligtning can you just briefly explain why this specific card? I was actually looking at getting a 570 with the traditional cooler but if there is advantages to not having it maybe I might consider it. Also is this card overclocked?

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Well, if you want to make the 260 a dedicated physX, go for it. The 570 is fairly beastly though. But yeah, a GTX260 shouldn't hurt performance with the GTX 570 is dedicated to physX.


Lightning cards are generally binned for higher performance/quality. They also use twin frozr cooling tech which would keep your card cooler and quieter.
Can't always justify the cost though
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Hey dk

Thank you for posting that video looks like a 570 by itself should be okay.

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