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Hi, My current rig set up is in my sig.. But I'm just not sure about the graphics card. Budget isn't too much of an issue, as there's only one/two things I can upgrade to, that being the GTX 590 and HD6990, but I find them overpriced for my needs, As I'm not planning eyefinity or multiple screens. I know the GTX 580 is regarded as the Greatest single GPU card, but is it worth it?

Current price of the card I'm getting is £384 and it'll be this -


Now, a few questions arise..

1) Do I spend the bit more to get the 3gb Palit GTX 580?
2) Do I buy the EVGA Superclocked (But miss out on the ASUS DirectCu Cooling) or buy the ASUS and do it myself?
3) Should I buy any other cards / Would crossfiring/SLI'ing weaker cards work out more beneficial? I just want moar powaaa but not going silly on prices (Even though nearly £400 on one component can be deemed stupid )

I don't think it'll be needed yet, but I'm planning to SLi when the dreaded day my GPU can't keep up..

Games I'll be playing @ 1920x1200

L4D2
Crysis 1, Warhead + 2
Metro 2033 (If I can play it well)
Battlefield 3 (Big reason as to why I got the i7 and GTX580, as the gameplay trailers were played of the same specs, and they look flawless)
Elder Scrolls : Skyrim
Possibly MW3, Depends what it's like. (BF Fanboy since 1942)
ARMA 2/Operation Arrowhead
ARMA 3

I do hope I can max them and have some good playability, as I'm putting a fair bit of cash into this rig.
Edited by VoodooActual - 8/11/11 at 8:37am
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If money is no option, go with the MSI lightning 3gb version of the 580, you won't regret it, overclocks super high memory and core and it's rock stable. Also, those games will all run on maximum settings on a 580GTX, don't know about MW3 or BF3 though but in my opinion you should be fine.
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if your not planning multiple screens or res above 1080, stick with the 1.5gb version. Evga SCE is a great card. when you want to upgrade later it will be easier to find a 1.5 evga as it will be to find a asus Direct cuII
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One monitor 1920x1080p the 3GB won't give you FPS gains over the 1.5GB which can handle your monitor maxed already. No problem.

It's worth it in the USA where prices are dropping. They are now $409.99 to $439.99 as of today. It's a tad better than the AMD 6970 which is it's closest competitor though it really compares more closely to the GTX 570. It would depend on pricing in UK.

No need to buy the Superclocked version as it's only a factory over clock from the stock 'vanilla' version and you can do your own over clocking. I originally thought that the VRM was 'binned' (meaning cherry picked to be better) but I may have been wrong. Vanilla cards over clock just as well.

I've got my games maxed including AA and I couldn't be happier. I switched to Nvidia when I decided to buy myself a 120Hz monitor so I can play 3D Vision games and watch 3D movies. It's soooo cool. The latest 280.1 drivers bumped Crysis 2 3D vision from good to great.

If you don't get the GTX 580 or too high priced for you in the UK the only other choices I'd reccommend would be the GTX 570 (non-reference card) or any AMD 6970 as your next two choices to ponder over.

Good luck in doing your homework. However for any of the cards mentioned above you'll need to upgrade your 700 watt psu if your going to SLI or crossfire to a qaulity 850 watt when your ready to add that second card some day.

The GTX 580 will last you two years on top of gaming though so you'll have time.

Post back once you pull the trigger and let us know which way you went.

If your wondering how the GTX 580 can play BF 3 here is a video sample played on one GTX 580 by Battlefield.


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I wouldn't say it's the greatest GPU ever lol, that was the 8800GT. A great GPU should be powerful yet reasonably cheap.

That being said there's a lot of other cards you can buy, for example a GTX 570 should satisfy your needs just as well for a lower price. It seems however that you're set on expensive cards so i feel it's kinda pointless to recommend anything else.
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Mhmm, But I just feel comfortable with the GTX580, as it's been proven in benchmarks to have bested others in the Single GPU Column.

And yeah, that's what I judged my rig off - That's the footage filmed using an i7 2600k with a GTX580. I now just don't know what to do.. get the MSi Lightning version (Another 60 quid) or get the ASUS one, which may work a bit better due to my ASUS Mobo (In the terms of OC'ing and support)
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I have a vanilla 580 with an AXP cooler on it and and I am super pleased. I play on 2560x1440 and have no trouble until I start cranking up the AA. With the AXP I get gaming load temps in the 40's and FURMARK, OCCT, Folding temps around 51-2c.

Grab a vanilla and get an AXP, you won't be disappointed. I am also able to clock mine up to 940 for vantage runs but I run 24/7 at 910 when without it I was temp limited at round 860-870.
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Mhmm, But I just feel comfortable with the GTX580, as it's been proven in benchmarks to have bested others in the Single GPU Column.

And yeah, that's what I judged my rig off - That's the footage filmed using an i7 2600k with a GTX580. I now just don't know what to do.. get the MSi Lightning version (Another 60 quid) or get the ASUS one, which may work a bit better due to my ASUS Mobo (In the terms of OC'ing and support)
Go for the Asus one if you don't mind the 3 slot design
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Hmm, The fact that it's ASUS and the DirectCu saves me the money on an aftermarket GPU cooler.. I just thought that maybe an SLi of two cards would beat it.. I just want to enjoy my games maxed :'(
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I just got my 580 and love it. I suggest trying to find a MSI Lightning 1.5gb if you can, you don't need 3gb ram on a 1080p monitor.
 
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