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I have a 6850 in my computer right now, and I'm thinking about upgrading sometime before BF3 comes out.

I'll be building a brand new rig within the next 2-3 weeks, and here's what I'm gonna be getting: a P8P67 PRO, an I7 processor (and a Thermaltake Frio), 8 gigs of G.skill 1600 DDR3 ram. I also have a 750W power supply (Antec HCG). It's all gonna be sitting in a HAF922, so I think I should have plenty of room.

Now, I was thinking about getting a 6870 and running it with the 6850, but I've been reading a lot of comments about crossfire being somewhat buggy, and not supported by some games. So I looked for a powerful single card, and came upon the GTX580.

Is it worth getting a 580 for around $460, or should I just get a 6870 for $180? Will the difference in performance be worth the extra $200? Or is there another setup that I should be considering?
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You'll certainly have less things to worry about - its always a rule of thumb to go for the most powerful single card that you can afford as opposed to two slower cards as the 1st option gives less issues and allows for a higher performance upgrade in the future.

In the end its your decision, but IMO I would go for the single 580 as long as you have good supporting pieces.
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580 is an epic card if you can get it for a good price, if you can't find a good deal on the 580, go with a 570.
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Thanks for your responses. Decided that the 580 is the right choice.

Any brands that I should be looking for?
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i totally disagree here.. i would go 6870 here and never look back... they will be as fast or faster than a 580 and cost abour $300 less.
    
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Thanks for your responses. Decided that the 580 is the right choice.

Any brands that I should be looking for?
For reference cards it's hard to beat EVGAs customer service and lifetime warranty on the -AR 580s.

Or non-reference pick up a Lightning if you can. Or an ASUS DirectCUII.
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i totally disagree here.. i would go 6870 here and never look back... they will be as fast or faster than a 580 and cost abour $300 less.
How futureproof would that be? I want to build something that I won't have to upgrade for a while, and I feel like Crossfire might not be the best way to go with that considered.

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For reference cards it's hard to beat EVGAs customer service and lifetime warranty on the -AR 580s.

Or non-reference pick up a Lightning if you can. Or an ASUS DirectCUII.
Is there a benefit to going for reference or non-reference? I took a look online and I know what the difference between the two is now, but I'm not sure what I'd gain by picking over the other.
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Here you go.

http://www.overclock.net/graphics-ca...ideo-card.html

Very informative I hope!
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How futureproof would that be? I want to build something that I won't have to upgrade for a while, and I feel like Crossfire might not be the best way to go with that considered.



Is there a benefit to going for reference or non-reference? I took a look online and I know what the difference between the two is now, but I'm not sure what I'd gain by picking over the other.
GTX 580 references are a bit louder but cool pretty well for reference, and they retain the ability to accept full cover waterblocks.

A non reference has much better cooling for the GPU and VRMs BUT require breathing room between cards if you plan on SLI'ing, but it makes it harder to get a waterblock.

If you don't plan on SLI'ing in the future go for either the Lightning or the ASUS DirectCUII.

If you want to watercool or run SLI on a tight board with no space between slots it's better to get reference cards. But don't forget the lifetime warranty on the EVGA cards.
Edited by blackbalt89 - 8/2/11 at 10:33am
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