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Hello everybody, I'm new to the forum but I am in need of some advice. I am looking to build a system that is capable of running surround 3d vision. I am currently debating on the graphic card(s) that I should use. The new 3GB GTX 580 from EVGA would be nice in Sli (and good for surround 3d), but the GTX 590 seems good also. Anyone have an idea about what I should go for?

I want to use this system to play my games at 5760x1080 (some in 3d) and definitely to max out Skyrim when it comes out. I also have a noobish question when it comes to surround 2d. Are you able to play all games at 5760x1080 in 2d mode assuming that you have the necessary gfx card(s) and monitors, or are some games unable to do so?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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SLI 580's. The 590 just isn't as good if you have the space for both the 580s and maybe an aftermarket cooler in your case. In addition if you are playing at those resolutions you will want all the VRAM you can get and the SLI 580s are double the 590. That will make a difference in a game like Skyrim with modded texture packs and add ons.
    
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SLI 580 lightning extreme...

Expensive but this is undoubtedly the best performance you will get out of a pair of 580s with multi-monitor.
    
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SLI 580 lightning extreme...

Expensive but this is undoubtedly the best performance you will get out of a pair of 580s with multi-monitor.
Yup. 1.5GB VRAM isn't enough to run surround without sacrificing IQ.

http://www.overclock.net/nvidia/1037...-surround.html

This thread is a good resource on the subject.
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Thanks for the advice everyone. Now all in need is the cash for these cards. It's not so easy saving money while still in college haha. Oh well, I'll make it happen.
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Thanks for the advice everyone. Now all in need is the cash for these cards. It's not so easy saving money while still in college haha. Oh well, I'll make it happen.
The fact that you are even able to have spending money while in college, much less buy super high end parts like this, is pretty awesome.

Be thankful for that
    
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The fact that you are even able to have spending money while in college, much less buy super high end parts like this, is pretty awesome.

Be thankful for that
Well said, and I do appreciate what I have. I also think its cool to work hard for the things that I want, I know too many kids that get everything given to them haha
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GTX 590 = Downclocked GTX 580 1.5GB's in SLI
GTX 580 1.5GB SLI will definitely overclock a lot higher, and be faster than a 590.
GTX 580 3GB SLI would be even better for a huge Surround resolution. This would definitely be the best bet for 1080p or higher surround.

Honestly, any option would "work". But if you want the highest end possible, you'll want the 3GB 580's in SLI for Surround resolutions. If you can sacrifice a little AA in Surround mode, then the regular 580's would do fine in SLI. I'd ignore the 590 completely personally. This would also leave you open still for tri SLI or quad SLI...assuming your board supports 3-4 lane SLI setups.
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Well said, and I do appreciate what I have. I also think its cool to work hard for the things that I want, I know too many kids that get everything given to them haha
For sure! working for stuff makes you appreciate it a lot more.

hell watching 1000 dollars [november 2010, I was also 15..] vanish so that I could have this rig with a 5770 instead of a 560 + a gaming mouse and keyboard was a humbling experience..

Getting pretty off topic.. anyways, glad I could help you find what you're looking for.
    
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I'm actually planning on being lame and going through ibuypower.com to have the rig built. I don't quite have the level of expertise to build my own rig at this point, and to be honest it'd freak me out to start a build from scratch.

Off the topic question, is there a way to see if a the thread you created has any replies without having to search for it?
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