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post #1 of 9
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My friend is building a computer (for like 3 months now) and he still can't decide on a GPU. I told him to go with the 580 because that will leave room for expansion, but he wants to go with the 6950s because of the better performance.

What should he do?
He's probably gonna use this computer for about 2-3 years (1920x1080) and then he'll upgrade again.


Two of these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102945

One of these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127589

Either of these options will keep him within his $2000 budget.
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post #2 of 9
6950's... If he is going to upgrade in 2 to 3 years he probably won't get another 580, he'll get whatever cards they have at that time in is budget.
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post #3 of 9
If I were him i'd stick with nvidia. I love my gtx580 and my max temps are only 75c in a HAF 932 case. Also nvidia updates their drivers more often and continues to support their cards for many years, unlike ati. Ati pretty much only focuses their drivers on what ever new card is out not on previous series.
post #4 of 9
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Yeah, I have a 580 as well. That's why I suggested it.
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Yea i have owned manny ati cards over the years and ill probly never go back bc when i had my 4870 and they stoped supporting the drivers for it i was totally pissed bc the 5 series had just come out and i got my second 4870 for real cheap. If ati would support thrie cards for a longer amount of time then id go with them untill then ill stick with nvidia.
also just noticed we have like almost the same sig rig too :>
Edited by crossfiredx2 - 8/15/11 at 8:31pm
post #6 of 9
580 because Nvidia has physx and cuda. More games are also optimized for Nvidia because Nvidia involves themselves in many games (crysis 2 ftw!)
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post #7 of 9
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I think his main points of interest are gonna be skyrim that new star wars MMO game.
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post #8 of 9
I would go for the 580 in this case, more games are optimized for nvidia as said but ATI is starting to jump ahead, so its basicly personal preferance on this one.

However he has no preferance, so most people will decide a GTX 580 for him. on a 1080p screen he'll be fine wtih a GTX 580 for 2-3 years.

CrossfireX Is usually for dual monitor's and such, not much of a point of having CrossfireX with 2 high end GPU's if its on a single 1080p screen.
Edited by brobanmanx2 - 8/15/11 at 8:41pm
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post #9 of 9
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He ended up going with the two 6950s because he doesn't think a single 580 lightning xtreme edition 3gb won't max out Skyrim.. Oh well it's his money not mine lol.
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