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Hi all,
Im sure that something like this is going to have been asked before but I have been reading a fair bit and a touch confused (probably confused myself with over reading tbh).
Im looking to upgrade my current rig from

i7 860
4gb of 1333 corsair ram
Sapphire HD5870 2GB
850w Corsair pwr supply

too

8gb of 1800mhz ram
and either a GTX 590 or a GTX 580 3Gb(with a view to adding another 580 @ a later date i.e early 2012)
(anything not mentioned is remaining the same temporarily till I start building my more powerful rig next year)

and my monitor to

27" Acer 3D LED Monitor Bundle with NVIDIA 3D Vision Glasses
(atm its just a generic 20" not worth mentioning)

and now onto my point which one (can only afford one at this time) of the 2 graphics cards will give me the best 3D gaming performance at the max res of the 27" monitor (max rez 1920x1080).
This is with a view to playing things such as BF3, MW3, Skyrim, and SWTOR in 3D(just to list ones that im after this year).

Thanks for any help anyone can give me its greatly appreciated smile.gif
Edited by killa2k - 7/30/11 at 2:48pm
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There is no need for 3GB of RAM for 1920 x 1080. Keep in mind when the GTX 590 has 3GB, it's actually only 1.5GB effective because each of the two GPUs has 1.5GB- but they list 3GB because it's the total.

So no need to get a GTX 580 3GB, and I wouldn't touch a GTX 590. Your best bet would be a GTX 580 1.5gb or GTX 580 SLI if you wanted, but for 1920 x 1080 SLI is pretty overkill as is the 590.
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There's nothing wrong w/a 590 if you're not a big OC'er. They'll do mild OC's just fine, and they have a fine memory config for the res you're talking about. Single 580's can struggle a bit when doing 3d at 1080p TBH if you are trying to max everythign out. Not on all games, but on some.

A 590 is considerably more powerful than a 580, and imho if you can afford that now I'd seriously consider it. This is, again IMHO, a perfect application for that card ... unless you're heavily into OC'ing and won't be happy w/a card that's not good at it.
    
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There's nothing wrong w/a 590 if you're not a big OC'er. They'll do mild OC's just fine, and they have a fine memory config for the res you're talking about. Single 580's can struggle a bit when doing 3d at 1080p TBH if you are trying to max everythign out. Not on all games, but on some.

A 590 is considerably more powerful than a 580, and imho if you can afford that now I'd seriously consider it. This is, again IMHO, a perfect application for that card ... unless you're heavily into OC'ing and won't be happy w/a card that's not good at it.

If you can afford a 590, you can afford 580s in SLI, and they will outperform the 590.
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If you can find two 580's for $729, sure (current best 590 price on the Egg), that's a better buy if you have the mobo and PSU and case with good airflow to support them.
    
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Thanks a lot for the advice peeps smile.gif really cleared the 3gb thing up for me much appreciated

Peace smile.gif

Edit:- ok one last probably stupid question would my 850w corsair psu be enough for the 2 GTX 580's 1.5gb no overclocking? EDit nvm found some other reviews regarding this.

Serious thanks for all your help peeps still not 100% sure which ill go for might have to fiddle my finances a touch more than I wanted to and get the 2 GTX 580's but well see. Either way thx for all the help
Edited by killa2k - 7/30/11 at 4:02pm
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