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Hey guys I'm looking a vid cards now for my build and their is so much to choose from. I"m going between a

gtx 570 at 2560 ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130687
which is $375

or

gtx 580 at 1536 ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130587
which is way more money $470

which would be the best buy considering I will be doing SLI say next march or something. I'm thinking the 570 would be better in sli then the 580 simply because of the ram? or am i stupid? thanks!
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The amount of RAM you need is pretty dependent on the resolution that you game at. 1.5GB should be more than enough for a few years if you only game at 1080p.

Therefore, my vote goes for the 580, since it is faster and more future-proof.
    
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Depends on your resolution. Are you at 1920x1080 or less? If so, I'd go with the 580. In SLI they are pure monsters. The 570 is too but by the time games start munching down on that much vram, the GTX 570 will be an outdated card. Also, when cards have that much RAM, it's a possibility that the larger capacity has a negative impact on RAM performance through latency.

GTX 580 all the way.
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570 all the way they are the best bang for the buck
 
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Understood, I have 2 possible monitors that I will use, a 24" HD 3D which is 1080P or my 60" screen at 1080P as well. I wasn't aware the screen size affected the amount or vram i should have. good to know!
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Understood, I have 2 possible monitors that I will use, a 24" HD 3D which is 1080P or my 60" screen at 1080P as well. I wasn't aware the screen size affected the amount or vram i should have. good to know!
It's not screen size that matters. It is screen resolution. Don't get the two of those mixed up.

Higher resolution need more vram to play at higher settings.
    
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Liljoey, I see we have the same avatar.

Well by next March, there's going to be the AMD 7000 series along with the GTX 600 series, so If you could wait until Q1 2012 that would be a great option.

Otherwise, get one of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127581

as the performance is in between a GTX 570 and GTX 580, and has 2GB of VRAM.
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Personally I'd get a 570 1,25GB... The 2,5GB is simply overpriced and useless. First the cooler is crap, then add the fact that the card is tiny and it will therefore overheat faster. Finally, add even more ram producing heat... Not a nice cocktail

This baby would be perfect though:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127564
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post #9 of 10
I bought a GTX570 1280MB for $250 from newegg. Great card.
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post #10 of 10
This is a better buy for the money than that EVGA 580.

There's nothing wrong with Zotac and $420 after MIR is pretty awesome.

I think they have a lifetime warranty too with registration.
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