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well if you have to buy an sli ready motherboard to replace yours then its a different story,before i got this 480 i was going to go sli my 460 but it would of cost more money to buy a new mobo and another 460 and the performance is too little for extra money,pricing is huge factor when it comes to this.
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Question about the GTX590--- since this is actually 2 GPU's in one card, does it also have any micro stutter problems that SLI/CrossFire setups do? Or is it a very fast and reliable card?
Yes, any dual GPU setup (on one card or not), will have the same problems as any other will. It's not Nvidia or AMD dependant. It's not single dual card, or two single cards. SLI and crossfire both have the same problems. Microstutter, games not supporting them, bad scaling, power, and heat.

I always go for the strongest single GPU I can afford, ALWAYS. If I feel the urge to upgrade, I can always SLI later, or sell that card and upgrade to a stronger one.
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Yeah, this is along the lines of what I was thinking too...

In order for me to go SLI I would have to also buy an SLI board, get a faster CPU, and an 850W PSU. I would still need to get a Sandy Bridge CPU in order to take advantage of a GTX580, however I could cut costs on a non-SLI board and keep my 650W PSU... So in my case, maybe keeping my PSU would equal a higher price/performance ration then being forced to buy a new one just for SLI.

Also, when it comes time to upgrade I will only need to take a loss on one GPU rather than 2...

Question about the GTX590--- since this is actually 2 GPU's in one card, does it also have any micro stutter problems that SLI/CrossFire setups do? Or is it a very fast and reliable card?
GTX590 and "reliable" don't go well together in a same sentence There's no reason to go for a dual gpu card, but if u want it, 6990 is a far better choice.

I think both of the options will cost you similarly. SLI sandy boards aren't that much expensive than the none-sli boards, and depending on the cards, u can probably keep the 650W as well.
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I've had SLI for about eight months now and the only issues I've had are some low gpu usage (still better fps than single) and light flickering (which happens with a single card like in DA:2).

I may or may not have experienced microstutter, I've never had a game run choppy despite having higher fps.

Often drivers get updated and things work out - like with DA:2.

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Seems to be a lot of SLI/CF hate, not sure why...
    
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It's very possible to get better price/performance with a sli/crossfire setup as shown in the fine example above. One thing to consider is future upgradability. Once you have 2x460's (I actually bought 2x460 se for $100 each recently for my last build) you pretty much have to scrap them to upgrade.

On the other hand, if you have a 580, you could always get another one later (if your board supports SLI).

I have to admit I am a sucker for dual-gpu systems. It just looks bad@ss

Another thing to consider is that sli/crossfire can sometimes be flakey, sometimes actually getting worse performance than just one of the cards, and we cannot forget microstudder.

My advice would to get the best single card solution you can afford so you dont have to deal with the headaches.
1.I've noticed that in a lot of forum's I regular, a lot of people are talking other people out of getting a SLI/CFX build. I can't count how many people have a HD5850 or GTX470 and ask "should I SLI/SCF?" Out the blue everyone says "No, just upgrade to another new GPU". It makes me everytime.

2. I've had a 7300 GT sli build and my current desktop is a 8600GTS SLI build and I've NEVER had any issues with it. I can't even say "heat" is an issue because, my Sunbeam transformer case is large enough and cooled enough to squash that "issue".

3. I will admit 2 or more GPU's just fill a case so nicely. It's like that skinny girl that grew over the summer from an A-Cup to a Full C cup and you can't keep your eyes off of her. Because her rack fills that upper body so nicely

Lastly I planned on spending $162 on ebay just to get Triple HD5770's. They're so cheap and I've read that 3x 5770's are at the heels of a 5970. To me $162 for that kind of performance is well worth it for my Triple LCD, 3840X1024 gaming (without bezel correction).

So I say go for it.
     
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And you feel like a straight bad-as* with more than one gpu.
I want this feeling
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