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I'm still deciding which GTX 580 to get for under $550. The three I have picked out are the following:

EVGA GeForce GTX 580
MSI GeForce GTX 580 Twin Frozr II Overclocked
ASUS GeForce GTX 580 DirectCU II

I have had nothing but good experiences with MSI cards but I also hear EVGA cards are great. The ASUS card is apparently extra quiet but is too large to SLI. Also, the EVGA card doesn't look like it'll beat the ASUS or MSI in keeping cool.

The GPU will be going in an SB build with an ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z and i7-2600k and will be used for gaming.
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post #2 of 16
ASUS DirectCU II.
You could easily just overclock the card yourself.
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Case plays a roll in the decision as well.

What case, may I ask?
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I would go witht he TFIII over the TFII. The Asus DCII is good too but takes up 3 pci slots whereas the MSI only takes up 2. Im not a big fan of EVGA anymore...
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post #5 of 16
With your case you need all the cooling you can get.
Go with the ASUS.

I would normally recommend EVGA just because they are the only company I have never had a bad experience with. Even their B-Stock stuff seems to run better than other companies high end stuff.
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With your case you need all the cooling you can get.
Go with the ASUS.
That's if he's using his sig case. He isn't since it's for another build. He hasn't mentioned the case, which is why I asked.

But if it is the sig case, the best choice would be the EVGA since it's a reference design and will exhaust the heat out of the back instead of creating a hot spot inside the case which has little airflow.
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That's if he's using his sig case. He isn't since it's for another build. He hasn't mentioned the case, which is why I asked.

But if it is the sig case, the best choice would be the EVGA since it's a reference design and will exhaust the heat out of the back instead of creating a hot spot inside the case which has little airflow.
This.

Plus you get lifetime warranty with EVGA, and their support is top notch.
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Pretty simple answer if your going to use the card for a few years then sell it than the Asus will do since it has 3 years warranty. But you can't go wrong with EVGA also for their lifetime warranty and step up.
 
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I should have more than enough space. I'll be using either a Thermaltake Level 10 GT or CM HAF X. And I'll be using the card for as long as possible. When it can't handle the best games any more, I'll chuck another one in and do an SLI. The ASUS is pretty much out then if I can't SLI.

And unfortunately, here in Australia we don't have much options when it comes to computer parts. Whatever I buy will be from either PCCG or MSY and their stock is frustratingly limited.
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And unfortunately, here in Australia we don't have much options when it comes to computer parts. Whatever I buy will be from either PCCG or MSY and their stock is frustratingly limited.
Hey as a fellow Aussie I reckon I could help out, PCCG have put up their prices by 10% so if your spending $550 on a 580, go find a MSI 580 Xtreme for $630.

For an extra $80 you get a much better card, 2 slot cooler and great cooling. EVGA only has a 3 year warranty for OZ just so you know & for $550 I'd expect something better than a reference design 580. ASUS card is ok, but 3 slot cooler? I wouldn't go for it...Asus isn't the best with customer service either.

MSI, Gigabyte have service centers in Australia so warranty issues are better handles.

Where do you live? I can recommend some shops.
    
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